Department of Psychology


Dr Stefanie Sonnenberg

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6302
  • Email:
  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I joined the Department of Psychology in September 2008. I graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology with European Studies (1995) and an MSc in Economic Psychology (1998). After completing my PhD in Social Psychology at the University of St. Andrews (2004), I returned to Exeter as a post-doctoral research & teaching fellow until taking up my current post here at the University of Portsmouth.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on several units on our undergraduate programmes as well as on our MSc in Forensic Psychology.

  • Research Methods & Statistics (Level 7)
  • Self & Subjectivity (Level 6)
  • Psychology of Security (Level 6)
  • Social Psychology (Level 5)

In addition, I supervise a range of undergraduate and post-graduate projects – predominantly in the areas of social and economic psychology. I also co-ordinate the Department of Psychology’s Erasmus exchange programme.


My research interests span a range of topics within social and economic psychology. The common theme that underlies these interests concerns the ways in which we conceptualise the ‘self’ (or identity) and the role identity processes play in understanding various social and economic phenomena. Recently, I have started to develop a more specific interest in exploring the implications identity processes might have for our well-being. 

With this common focus, the specific research projects I have been involved in include: the social psychology of money, materialism and ‘rational choice’; money in intimate relationships; gender and household money management; identity and economic practices; national identity and its social psychological consequences; student identity, sense of community and academic attainment; the marketization of Higher Education and student identity as ‘learners’ versus ‘consumers’. I also have an interest in qualitative research methodology and have worked on a number of qualitative projects (e.g., within clinical psychology on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and also work on ageing and living in residential care).


Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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