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Psychology research at Leeds Beckett

Psychology staff are active in research across a range of topics, broadly within three core areas: Cognition & Behaviour; Gender & Sexuality; Health Psychology. Each area features high quality research, includes one Professor, and hosts specialist research clusters. In the Cognition & Behaviour area, staff research a range of topics within experimental psychology, including attentional control, language acquisition, memory and neurorehabilitation, embodied action, creativity and imagination, and information processing in addictions; in Gender & Sexuality, topics include sexual harassment, sexual bullying, food practices,  masculinity and transgender youth; in Health Psychology, topics include chronic illness and quality of life, decision making, psychological interventions, health and safety at work, and body image. Staff publish in a range of high profile journals and attract funding for research projects from diverse sources, including the EU, the Economic & Social Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research, Innovate UK, national charities and pharmaceutical companies. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our research was rated as 40% world-leading/Internationally excellent and 40% internationally recognised.

Psychology research at Leeds Beckett University has an applied focus, and the main users of our research are practitioners, professionals and policy makers working in areas related to health and well-being. Our research produces impact by providing an evidence base that informs policy and practice, thereby leading to improved outcomes for service users, organisations, charities and other user groups. For example, our EU-funded project on ‘Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe’ produced an intervention with and for young people which is now freely available to use for teachers, youth workers and other professionals.Two additional Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects with VolkerRail and Amey are developing and testing behavioural interventions to further improve safety for those working in the railway industry. We are also developing a decision aid for the NHS that can support women with cancer make fertility preservation choices - Cancer, Fertility and Me.

Psychologists lead three research programmes within the Centre for Applied Social Research (CeASR) at Leeds Beckett allied to the core research areas (Cognition, Gender/Sexuality and Health). Research within these programmes is often conducted in collaboration with colleagues from other social science and health disciplines, including sociology, criminology, medicine and speech and language sciences.

For more information about the Psychology group and individual staff research interests,visit our subject page.