Department of Psychology

About the department

We've been teaching and researching psychology at Hull for over 90 years.

We provide an outstanding student experience and conduct world-leading research that addresses local, national, and international priorities.

Our teaching and research cover all aspects of human and animal psychology, from brain activity to group behaviour, from infancy to old age.

Head of department

Igor Schindler

Dr Igor Schindler


Research in the Department of Psychology

From brain activity to group behaviour and from infancy to old age – we investigate the fundamental psychological processes in our state-of-the-art facilities.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 70% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our research has delivered significant impacts in the workplace, schools, and clinical settings.

Research strengths

Cognition and Development

Our research into cognition and developmental processes delivers impacts in education, mental health and the workplace.

We explore the nature of cognitive processes – such as attention, perception, language, learning, memory and reasoning – across the lifespan. Investigating how cognitive processes develop in children, how these processes work in adults and the decline of mental processes in old age.

We research how cognition might be affected by mental health problems and neurological conditions. And also investigate whether similar processes can be observed in non-human species.

Our behavioural studies are conducted with children, young adults and elderly adults, as well as non-human species such as dogs and primates. These studies take place in our dedicated psychology research laboratories and in external environments including schools, the workplace, dog rescue centres and wildlife reserves.

Our community

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"It's opened my mind and my sense of adventure. I've learned a lot from University."

Watch: find out why Aaron Hall chose Psychology at Hull.

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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology fast-track

A unique link between BSc Psychology and our Clinical Psychology Doctorate offers a fast-track to qualifying while having your doctorate fees paid and receiving an NHS salary.

Find out more about this course

Psychology on demand

Watch: Join Dr Igor Schindler and student Alexandra Poole for a virtual Psychology taster session.

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Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Our degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Meaning you’re eligible for chartered membership of the BPS when you graduate – an essential for a career as a professional psychologist.

Research Assistantship Scheme

Our competitive Research Assistantships give you hands-on experience of research projects with our world-leading experts, as well as giving a boost to your CV.

Find out more about the scheme

Careers in Psychology

Our degrees are professional qualifications that lead to careers in clinical, educational, sports, forensic, occupational and industrial psychology. They open doors to all sorts of other industries too - our graduates have gone on to work in areas as diverse as accounting, broadcasting, social work, teaching and management consultancy.

New research finds dolphins have similar personality traits to humans

Research by Psychology Lecturer Dr Blake Morton, has found that dolphins are more similar to humans and other primates than previously thought.

Find out how this sheds light on how our own personality traits might have evolved.

Our people

The department is a vibrant community of extremely talented staff and students, who collaborate to craft some incredibly creative work.

staff members in the Department of Psychology, arranged alphabetically by last name

PhD students

PhD students in the Department of Psychology
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    Joseph Abel

    Remembering to remember: Improving prospective memory performance

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    Lauren Beadle

    Evidence-based Personnel Selection in the Humberside Police Force for Occupational Health and Stress Resilience

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    Adam Boulby

    Cognitive underpinnings of exercise attitudes and behaviours

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    Sophie Brown

    Evaluating the impact of embedding the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) intervention into the NHS: Service user and clinician outcomes for its utility

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    Alice Cunningham

    Understanding the phenomenological experience of schema therapy in those with an eating disorder

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    Sarah Etty

    An attentional bias approach to understanding and reducing the psychosocial burden of psoriasis

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    Stephen Harrison

    Exploring Schemas of Obesity and the Role of Schemas in Adult Obesity Maintenance: A Mixed-Methods Approach

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    Shamini Howshigan

    Improving User Accessibility for Waste Recycling Behaviour via a Symbol Matching System

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    Andrew Lee

    Decision making in Flood Rescue

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    Joana Lopez Pigui

    Cortical oscillations related to predicting and observing actions in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Clare Marney

    Personality and disordered eating

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    Stefi McMaster

    Fatigue in Wind Technicians

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    Tyler Mills

    Exploring Correlates of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders in Transgender Men

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    Erin Minton-Branfoot

    Gesture as a stepping stone into rapid second language acquisition

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    Lee Parkin

    Anatomical and sex differences in near and far space processing

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    Andrew Philip Lucas

    The nature of novel word representations

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    Kelly Robson

    Psychological wellbeing in university students

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    Callum Schofield

    Eating Behaviours in Huntington’s Disease

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    Lisa Somerville

    Evaluating the impact of motion travel on cognitive ability of offshore workers a VR experience

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    Anna Undarwati

    Person-environment interaction on Food Behaviour

    Eye-tracking lab

    Take a look at our facilities

    You’ll benefit from our blend of theory and practical teaching, and get hands-on with our specialist facilities to enhance your learning.


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