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The School of Psychology is a thriving research community with a strong tradition of theoretical and applied research integrating trans-disciplinary expertise from experimental, developmental, health, clinical and social psychology. Our research is mainly focussed on six key research clusters:

Labs and facilities

Since 2008 we have significantly invested in our facilities and space to allow us to actively utlise the full range of Psychological methods, from brain-scanning to qualitative textual coding, and to enable us to develop new and creative projects. We have well equipped babylab, psychophysiology and brain-scanning laboratories; suites for coding video and audio recording, an extensive library of assesments and tests, and a range of up-to-date equipment, including eye-tracking, EEG, TMS and fNIRs set-ups. We are particularly interested in adapting methods for use in real-world settings.

Psychology in action

School of Psychology Research Themes

We focus our research on using Psychology ‘in action’ and foreground the benefits that Psychology can bring within a changing world. This approach is summarised in six overlapping School research themes which highlight our areas of strength.

Our work links with key issues in other disciplines including Education, Social Policy, Sociology and Psychiatry. Many staff have links to professional practice, and we focus strongly on the application of Psychology to address social issues, identify risk, enhance quality of life, improve outcomes, and enable individuals to overcome a range of challenges, and the research of the School is a key part of UEL’s cross-disciplinary UEL research themes.

Our work is funded through a range of sources including charities, professional bodies, local government and UK government sources, ministries and research councils, overseas organisations, governments, international aid organisations. We also undertake a range of research consultancy and contribute to advisory bodies and evidence reviews.

Partnerships and Impact

Our work has a range of impacts in improving public understanding, in educating professionals and creating innovative methods and interventions for use in the fields of education, social work, mental health, and social care. Our work is influential in informing government policy, the police, and helping charities and corporate bodies to improve and adapt practices.

We work with many non-academic local, national and international partners, including in Sri Lanka, Russia, and Singapore. Partners include organisations in the third-sector (e.g. National Children’s Bureau, Mind, Relate, Wave Trust, Place2be); local authorities (Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham); health providers (e.g. East London NHS Trust), and national and international government agencies, (e.g. Department of Health, Department for Education, National Audit Office, Foreign Office, Amnesty International and the Red Cross).

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