Staff profile

Professor Frances Maratos

Professor of Psychology and Affective Science




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As an expert in Emotion Science, for the past 15+ years, my research has centred on understanding psychological, neurological, cognitive and physiological correlates of emotional well-being. In particular, my research has contributed to understanding anxiety and its relationship with eating disorders, understanding processes of threat and self-criticism, and the use of compassion for emotion-regulation across various populations.

I have published circa 40 peer-reviewed papers in these specific areas, as well as several book chapters. In recent years, I’ve become a key individual within the compassion in schools movement - initiating, co-ordinating, progressing and evaluating well-being effects of compassionate mind training with both educators and their pupils internationally.

I am also currently serving as: i) a consultant on UK ‘Mindfulness Initiative Education Strategy’ policy and ii) an external expert on a 5-year US National Institute of Health research grant concerned with the ‘Neural Mechanisms Underlying Self-Critical Rumination and Self-Reassurance and Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior in Youth’.

Teaching responsibilities


Research interests

To aid the comprehensive and robust investigation of research in the field of Emotion science I adopt an integrative approach and regularly use a wide variety of experimental methods to pursue research questions. These include psychophysiological methods (measures of reaction time and eye tracking), behavioural methods (e.g. questionnaire measures and performance accuracy measures), physiological measures (e.g. stress hormones, blood pressure and heart-rate variability), neuroimaging methods (measures of MEG, EEG and fMRI) and qualitative methods (e.g. thematic analysis).

Further research interests include visual attention and effects of related psychological phenomena such as cognitive load and expertise; and learning/pedagogy in HE including the development and assessment of critical thinking and micro-skills of compassionate communication

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Postgraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Occupational qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

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International experience

Currently I am serving as an external expert collaborater on a 5-year $1,000,000 National Institute of Health Grant, with Anastacia Kudinova to understand 'Neural Mechanisms Underlying Self-Critical Rumination and Self-Reassurance and Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior in Youth.'

Dates: 4/1/2020 – 3/31/2025

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In the media

Examples include:

Focus on COVID-19: April 2020 June 2020

Focus on Compassion in Education: July 2019 July 2019 February 2019, October 2017 February 2019 July 2019 July 2019

Focus on compassion to boost well-being: September 2020, August, 2017, April 2017 March, 2014

Picky/Fussy eating in Children: January 2018 January 2018 January 2018 August, 2016

Painkiller Addiction & Measurement: March 2017 May 2017 April 2017

Patient-Doctor Consultation Length, November 2016, November 2016, November 2016

Angry faces attract our attention when other faces do not:, August 2009

I am also regularly invited to speak on BBC radio Derby, as well as GEM 106, Mansfield FM etc. and I have featured on television (for example East Midlands tonight).

Recent publications

The most up to date list of all my publications (and including books/book chapters) can be found at: 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

* = Corresponding Author

A young man in a hoodie and a face mask standing agains a wall with graffiti which reads

Professor Frances Maratos, Associate Professor and Reader in Emotion Science at the University of Derby, explains why she and fellow psychologists are concerned about recent messaging about Covid-19.

A small child looking out of a window

Professor Frances Maratos, Associate Professor of Emotion Science at the University of Derby, offers suggestions on how to help children manage their worries about COVID-19 and self isolation.

A pupil in a classroom environment looking into the foreground

Professor Frances Maratos discusses whether in terms of the health and well-being of our pupils and teachers, the UK education system is arguably nearing breaking point, after recent reports reveal that up to 54% of teachers state their job ‘often’ or ‘always’ impacts negatively on their mental and/or physical health.

A close up of fruit kiwi pineapple berries  apple

Professor Frances Maratos, Reader in Emotion Science, and Jayne Trovati, PhD student, explain give top tips to parents who have children who are picky eaters.

Clown in black and white

Professor Frances Maratos, Reader in Emotion Science at the University of Derby, explains the psychology behind why people are afraid of clowns.