Staff profile

Dr Zaheer Hussain

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zaheer Hussain at the University of Derby


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby. My research focuses on the addictive patterns of various behaviours, expecially disorders of the impulsive-compulsive spectrum. I am an active researcher with many published research papers and I have presented at international and national conferences. I am a member of the cyberpsychology research group and the higher education academy (HEA).

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach a module on cyberpsychology. I also teach on social psychology, addictive behaviours, and research methods. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. 

Research interests

My research interests focus on the area of addiction, cyberpsychology and social psychology. I am interested in the psychology of the Internet, social networking sites, smartphone use, mental health, online virtual environments, and behaviour change. I have made use of interviews and questionnaires to gather data and as such, I have skills in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. I have expertise in self-report methods (questionnaires, interviews) and online data collection. I would be interested in supervising research projects in the area of addiction, Internet use, and mental health. Please email me to discuss your ideas.

Potential research projects I could supervise are as follows:

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have worked as a behavioural scientist/consultant for companies that have required specialist psychological advice. Please contact me to discuss potential consultancy projects.

International experience

I am internationally known for my work in the area of technological and behavioural addictions. I have published many research papers and presented at well-known conferences. I regularly contribute to leading journals in my field as associate editor and reviewer. I have appeared on radio and TV programmes. In the past I have worked on consultancy projects for Activation Media Inc, Masterfoods plc, and Derbyshire County Cricket Club. I would be interested in getting involved in all types of consultancy work, please feel free to contact me.

In the media

Invited speaker, discussant for the following media organisations: The Press Association The BBC, Sky News, BBC Radio Derby, Capital FM. The following media organisations have written about my research:

Recent publications

For my most recent research take a look at my ResearchGate profile:

Blog Posts

Dr Zaheer Hussain, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, discusses new research revealing that Facebook use can increase levels of self-esteem.

Dr Zaheer Hussain, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, gives his top tips on how to cut down smartphone use and embrace a digital detox.