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:

  • Hajra Aziz, doing research for a PhD in measuring compassion and self-criticism in children, supervised by Frankie Maratos, Ed Stupple and Chris Barnes.

  • Freddie Ballington, doing research for a PhD in music and pain perception?, supervised by David Sheffield and Kevin Silber.

  • Tobyn Bell, doing research for a PhD in multiple-selves and inner-dialogue interventions in compassion-focused therapy, supervised by Jane Montague and James Elander.

  • Veronika Braunton, doing research for a PhD in characterisations of psychology within a CMHT: A DP analysis, supervised by Carrie Childs and Jane Montague.

  • Rory Cahill, doing research for a PhD in An evaluation of compassion based initiatives in educational settings: A mixed methods longitudinal approach, supervised by Frankie Maratos, Paul Gilbert and Jane Montague.
  • Trisha Crocker, doing research for a PhD in women, sculpture and body image, supervised by Jamie Bird and Jane Montague.

  • Jane Dove, doing research for a PhD in effects of maths anxiety and gender on teachers’ expectations of pupils maths achievement, supervised by Tom Hunt and Jane Montague.

  • Mayoor Dhokia, doing research for a PhD in cognitive and behavioural aspects of impulsivity in painkiller addiction, supervised by James Elander and Keith Clements.

  • Debbie Earnshaw, doing research for a PhD in how men experience, understand and describe masculinity – phenomenology and photovoice, supervised by Jane Montague and Carrie Childs.

  • Cameron Glen, doing research for a PhD in discourse and polyamory, supervised by Chris Howard, Jenny Hallam and Jane Montague.

  • Kashmir Goddard, doing research for a PhD in addiction and the impact on parents with a CPO: IPA, supervised by Jane Montague and James Elander.

  • Alexandra Karousi, doing research for a PhD in autism and parental interventions, supervised by Simon Bignell, Chris Barnes and Sigrid Lipka.

  • Sumana Khan, doing research for a PhD in Indian women’s experiences of street harassment, supervised by Fiona Holland, Sophie Williams and Jane Montague.

  • Ann Kirkman, doing research for a PhD in personality and pain perception?, supervised by David Sheffield and Frankie Maratos.

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

  • James Mitchell, doing research for a PhD in the visual search strategies underpinning effective observational analysis in the coaching of climbing movement, supervised by Frankie Maratos, Andrew Butterworth and David Sheffield.

  • Laurence Ndupu, doing research for a PhD in applying COM-B model, behaviour change wheel and theoretical domains framework to develop interventions to engage UoD staff and students in physical activity, supervised by Chris Bussell, Mark Faghy, Vicki Staples and Sigrid Lipka.

  • Deborah Owen, doing research for a PhD in adherence to medication, supervised by David Sheffield and Amy Baraniak.

  • Alison Pritchard, doing research for a PhD in psychological well-being, nature-connectedness and ecoliteracy, supervised by Miles Richardson and David Sheffield.

  • Ominah Said, doing research for a PhD in cultural influences on painkiller use and dependence, supervised by James Elander and Frankie Maratos.
  • Malcolm Schofield, doing research for a PhD in religious and paranormal belief, supervised by Ian Baker, Paul Staples and David Sheffield.

  • Stuart Shirreff, doing research for a PhD in the importance of the personal attributes (persona) of key individuals in developing a positive safety climate, supervised by Andrew Baird, Ruth Sims and Claire Williams (external).

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

  • Michael Smyth, doing research for a PhD in discourse and mobile phone use, supervised by Chris Howard, Jenny Hallam & Jane Montague.
  • Carol Stalker, doing research for a PhD in patient experiences of renal dialysis, supervised by Kath Mitchell, James Elander and Paul Stewart.

  • Claire Thornton, doing research for a PhD in athletes and pain, supervised by David Sheffield and Andrew Baird.

  • Jayne Trovati, doing research for a PhD in investigating attentional bias related to children’s food neophobia, fussy eating and food preferences, supervised by Frankie Maratos, Tom Hunt and David Sheffield.

  • Alistair Turvill, doing research for a PhD in long-term impact of pain management programmes on health related quality of life, supervised by David Sheffield and Frankie Maratos.
  • Judith Wahl, doing research for a PhD in compassion focused therapy for cancer patients, supervised by David Sheffield, Frankie Maratos and Steph Archer (external).

  • Wendy Wood, doing research for a PhD in the Personal and Professional Experiences of Counsellors and Psychotherapists who Employ the Principles and Practices of Compassion Focused Therapy:- An Interpretative Phenomenological Approach, supervised by Michael Townend, Helen Stoneley and Jane Montague.