Postgraduate research - Centre for Psychological Research - University of Derby

PhD students

There is a large, active community of postgraduate research students in psychology, including PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorate students. Many of their research projects are inter-disciplinary, with supervisory teams that combine members of staff from psychology and other subjects including biology, education, sports science, and therapeutic arts. Here is some brief information about the research being conducted by postgraduate students with psychology supervisors:

  • Steph Archer, doing research for a PhD in gynaecological cancer and yoga, supervised by Heidi Sowter, Jane Montague, and Vicki Staples.

  • Michael Batashvili, doing research for a PhD in neurocognitive mechanisms in maths anxiety, supervised by Paul Staples, Ian Baker and David Sheffield.

  • Laura Ceresatto, doing research for a PhD in behavioural inhibition in relation to smoking and drinking, supervised by Keith Clements and Ian Baker.

  • Trisha Crocker, doing research for a PhD in women, sculpture and body image, supervised by Susan Hogan and Jane Montague.

  • Sarah Crooks, doing research for a PhD in agency, marriage and motherhood: a critical realist analysis, supervised by Jane Montague and Chris Howard.

  • Kevin Cheung, doing research for a PhD in authorial identity in higher education, supervised by James Elander, Michael Flay and Ed Stupple.

  • Philip Clarke, doing research for a PhD in yips in Sport Performance, supervised by James Elander, Sally Akehurst and David Sheffield.

  • Mayoor Dhokia, doing research for a PhD in cognitive and behavioural aspects of impulsivity in painkiller addiction, supervised by James Elander and Lynn Taurah (London Metropolitan University).

  • Nilhabra Dutta, doing research for a PhD in emotional intelligence and work performance in the NHS, supervised by Frankie Maratos, James Elander and Ed Stupple.

  • Debbie Earnshaw, doing research for a PhD in masculinity in the modern world, supervised by Jane Montague and Carrie Childs.

  • Kashmir Goddard, doing research for a PhD on a qualitative study looking at addictive behaviour, supervised by Claire Hampson and Jane Montague.

  • Catherine Govender, doing research for a PhD in psychosocial correlates of genetic variants of migraine in South Africa, supervised by Jasper Reese (University of South Africa) and James Elander.

  • Hansa Jethwa, doing research for a Doctor of Education in filial obligations among ageing south Asians, supervised by Viv Walkup and James Elander.

  • Arthur Johns, doing research for an Master of Philosophy in paranormal influences on bacterial growth, supervised by Ian Baker, David Sheffield and Paul Staples.

  • Atiya Kamal, doing research for a PhD in children’s compensatory health beliefs, supervised by Vicki Staples, Chris Barnes and Rebecca Knibb.

  • Lauren Kelly, doing research for a PhD in attentional biases in children’s anxiety, supervised by Frances Maratos and Sigrid Lipka.

  • Paul McGivern, doing research for a PhD in decision making in online roulette playing, supervised by Zaheer Hussain, Sigrid Lipka and Ed Stupple.

  • Ryan Lumber, doing research for a PhD in nature connectedness, wellbeing, and pro-environmental behaviour, supervised by Miles Richardson and David Sheffield.

  • Emma Maraio, doing research for a PhD in women only spaces, supervised by Chris Howard, Jenny Hallam and Jane Montague.

  • Edith Moon, doing research for a Doctor of Health & Social Care Practice in mindfulness and well-being, supervised by Michael Townend, Linda Wheildon and David Sheffield.
  • Kay Owen, doing research for a PhD in schema automaticity and children’s play, supervised by Chris Barnes, Tom Hunt and David Sheffield.

  • Dominic Petronzi, doing research for a PhD in maths anxiety among primary, supervised by Paul Staples, David Sheffield, Tom Hunt, Sandra Fitton-Wilde.

  • Ed Pitt, doing research for a PhD in feedback in higher education: exploring students’ appraisal, comprehension and utilisation, supervised by Lin Norton and Cath Mazuro (Liverpool Hope University) and James Elander.

  • Judith Rees, doing research for a PhD in construction play, spatial ability and gender differences, supervised by Miles Richardson, Chris Barnes and Sigrid Lipka.

  • Mimi Said, doing research for a PhD in cultural influences on painkiller use and dependence, supervised by James Elander and Frankie Maratos.
  • Lesley Sawley, doing research for a D.Health & Social Care Practice entitled 'Are adults who have suffered childhood adversity more resistant to treatment in psychotherapy?', supervised by Margaret Smith and James Elander.

  • Malcolm Schofield, doing research for a PhD in religious and paranormal belief, supervised by Ian Baker, Paul Staples and David Sheffield.

  • Boban Simonovic, doing research for a PhP in economic judgement and decision-making, supervised by Ed Stupple, Maggie Gale and David Sheffield.

  • Claire Thornton, doing research for a PhD in athletes and pain, supervised by David Sheffield and Andrew Baird.
  • Judith Wahl, doing research for a PhD in compassion focused therapy for cancer patients, supervised by David Sheffield, Steph Archer and Frankie Maratos.

  • Sophie Williams, doing research for a PhD in polycystic ovary syndrome and quality of life, supervised by David Sheffield, Rebecca Knibb (Aston University) and Heidi Sowter.