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About Us

Welcome to the School of Psychology

 School of Psychology Staff  

We are a forward thinking School offering an undergraduate degree psychology, accredited by the British Psychology Society.

At postgraduate level we have two doctoral training programmes, the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and the Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology.

The School also offers the MSc programme in Political Psychology, the MSc in Atypical Child Development, MSc in Performance Enhancement in Sport and Health and the Diploma/MSc in Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism).

We also run a very successful PhD programme.

Our pursuit of cutting edge psychological research results in internationally influential research and informs policy and practice at national and local levels. Opportunities abound for psychology to address questions of fundamental importance to uncovering the mysteries of the mind and key issues of contemporary relevance to Society. Research undertaken by the School today will undoubtedly influence the future of the discipline and Society.

Staff engage in a variety of innovative and pioneering research projects. The School provides multi-disciplinary collaborations that address key questions in Psychology. These collaborations across clusters, different Schools within the University, and colleagues from other Universities produce ground breaking research that furthers psychological knowledge and engenders a spirit of enquiry into Psychology from the most junior undergraduate to the most senior professor.

Several things you might not know about the School of Psychology at Queen’s (and the Research of its staff)

  • Our education programmes have been consistently rated as excellent.
  • Our students have been nominated as amongst the Top 100 in the whole of the UK.
  • The School of Psychology has been awarded a Silver Award by Athena SWAN in recognition of its good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) in higher education.
  • The School has provided 2 Presidents of the British Psychological Society.
  • The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training course celebrated 50 years of clinical psychology training in Northern Ireland in 2009, making it one of the longest running specialist postgraduate training programmes in psychology in the UK
  • Prof Peter Hepper found that whether we are right or left handed develops in the womb and is seen from 10 weeks of gestation as the fetus moves its preferred arm more and sucks the thumb of its preferred hand more.
  • Research led by Prof Roddy Cowie has laid the groundwork for developing computer systems that can respond to the emotional content of a human user's speech.
  • Staff have contributed to some of TV’s most popular programmes.  For example,   who developed the tests and featured on the BBC's TV programme ‘Test the Nation’. Dr Martin McPhillips has shown that many children with dyslexia have underlying motor problems that are usually overlooked and he has developed interventions to overcome these difficulties.
  • Dr Deborah Wells has pioneered research using dogs to detect the onset of hypoglycaemia in people with diabetes and prevent individuals from having potentially life-threatening attacks.
  • New drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease are being investigated and developed by Dr Eugene O’Hare
  • Finally, Prof Cathy Craig, researching how our visual system detects motion, has found that we are unable to process side spin on balls.  This may explain why goalkeepers sometimes miss shots with spin.