The School of Psychology conducts research under the structure of one research cluster entitled Behavioural Sciences. A key feature of our research programme is the leadership the School provides in multi-disciplinary collaborations that address key challenges in society.
The School conducts fundamental and applied psychological research that has both a regional legacy in Northern Ireland and a global resonance, addressing important societal challenges. We achieve this through our four interlinked research themes: Development and Cognition; Health, Welfare and Clinical Psychology; Perception and Action; and Social Psychology.
- Our research is facilitated through the development of meaningful and long-term partnerships with non-academic organisations, and both international and interdisciplinary collaborations.
- This strategy has enabled us to secure funding from a diverse range of sources, including UK central government bodies, local authorities, health and hospital authorities (e.g. Department of Health; PHA; NIHR), UKRI funders (e.g. AHRC; ESRC; and EPSRC; GCRF Newton), UK-based charities (e.g. Cancer Research UK; Forces in Mind; Leverhulme Trust; Nuffield Foundation; Royal British Legion; the Wellcome Trust; and the Templeton Foundation), EU government bodies (ERC; SEUPB), and UK industry (e.g. Aperture, IVA; Sensum).
- Our research is responsive to new and emerging challenges, for example understanding the challenges posted by social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic and developing evidence-based guidelines for how to stay healthy duriong this time.
Professor Rhiannon Turner, Director of Research
The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - DClinPSY
The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course provides professional training in clinical psychology for those entering the profession. The course provides trainees with a broad range of psychological expertise based on academic knowledge, research and clinical skills.
The Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology - DECAP
DECAP is a three year (36 month) postgraduate professional training course, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for chartered status and for employment as a qualified educational psychologist. The course is based in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast and placements are undertaken in a variety of educational, health or community settings.
Canadian politicians' rhetoric on Twitter/X: Analysing prejudice and inclusion towards Muslims using structural topic modelling and rhetorical analysis
- John Shayegh
- David Sumantry
- Arvin Jagayat
- Becky Choma
- Sean Williams
- Richard Carson
- Katalin Tóth
The daily mile in Northern Ireland: research, implementation and partnership: a summary of research for teachers, practitioners and policy makers
- Gavin Breslin
- Medbh Hillyard
- Noel Brick
- Stephen Shannon
- Brenda McKay-Redmond
- Barbara McConnell
- Richard Carson
- Alannah Morley
The home mathematics environment and its relation to children’s mathematical skills for Chinese families
- Wei Wei
- Hongling Liao
- Chang Xu
- Xiaohong Ye
- Jo-Anne Lefevre
Future research direction in Psychology
Building on our research strengths we will work collaboratively to address global societal challenges related to mental health and health-related behaviours, and equality, diversity and inclusion.
The school will continue to work closely with our already strong and growing network of community stakeholders undertaking research to inform policy and practice on the ground.