star Research Students

The following Postgraduate Research Students have completed their doctorate during the REF census period. For a list of current students please view departmental pages. Where possible, we have linked to the full-text electronic version of the PhD theses. The other PhD theses are available on request by contacting

Name Project Title
KNOLL, Monja Angelika Towards a Sound Methodology for Investigating the Affective and Linguistic Aspects of Speech
LANE, Lisa Social Influences on Visual Attention in Primates
DEVONSHIRE, Victoria Louise Structure, Logic, and Meaning: A Route to Reading and Spelling
QUANDTE, Sabine It's Always Best to Speak the Truth, Unless you are a Good Liar: Children's Strategies When Telling the Truth and Lying
CHASE, Michael James On being human in a depersonalised place: a critical analysis of community psychiatric practice
HILLMAN, Jacqueline Ann Do Speech Related Hand Gestures Provide Cues to Deception?
ROSS, Kirsty Mhairi Joyful expressions in infancy: cross-species comparisons
THORSTEINSSON, Kate Emotional expression in social interactions of infants with and without Down syndrome
LANCASTER, Gary Lee Joseph The Effects of Dual-Task Interviews on Cognitive Load and Cues to Deception
OXBURGH, Gavin Eric Developing a more effective framework for the investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders
HERRING Vanessa Lynn A Longitudinal Study of the Function and Development of Gestures in Chimpanzees
MICHELETTA Jerome Social communication in crested macaques (Macaca nigra)
WARMELINK Lara Lying about intentions

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star Research Collaborations

Over 75% of the Department of Psychology’s publications involve external collaborators as authors, two-thirds of which are international. The department’s involvement in international research networks (Erasmus and the Marie-Curie ITN) has led to a rapid expansion of international collaborations with visiting researchers being regularly hosted by the department and with staff on department supported sabbatical being invited to institutions in Europe, USA, and Asia, and funded secondments in Korea and Germany.

Vrij’s research on deception detection involves collaborations with academics and key stakeholders in government (security forces) in the UK the US and Asia, and academic collaborations with Florida International University(US), the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and Hallym University (South Korea).

Hope’s SAI has fostered links with police forces nationally (Greater Manchester Police, London Metropolitan Police, South Yorkshire Police) and internationally (Norway, The Netherlands) as well as links with national charities (Roadpeace), NGOs (Amnesty International) and the International Criminal Courts. Academic collaborations include Goldsmiths, University of London, Florida International University (US), John Jay College (City University of New York, US) and Flinders University (Australia).

Ost’s research on historic allegations of abuse involves collaborations with academics, Gavin Oxburgh (Newcastle University), Mark Kebbell (Griffiths University, Australia), legal professionals (Pamela Radcliffe, Senior Criminal Barrister) and police forces (Greater Manchester Police; Hampshire Public Protection Unit). This research led to collaboration on a Wellcome Trust Engagement grant on Artist-in-resident A.R. Hopwood’s ‘false memory archive’ project at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Micheletta’s research on wild crested macaques in Sulawesi has involved collaborations with Antje Engelhardt at the German Primate Centre and Macaca Nigra Project as well as Indonesian universities (Agricultural University of Bogor, University Sam Ratulangi, Manado) and government bodies in Indonesia (Indonesian State Ministry of Research and Technology, Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation).

Kaminski’s research on dog cognition at the Dog Cognition Centre is run in collaboration with researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany). Kaminski also collaborates with researchers from the University of Milan, the University of Warwick, and the University of Berlin.

Waller’s research on primate facial expressions and Macaque cognition involves close collaboration with academics: Lisa Parr (Yerkes National Primate Research Center, USA), Katie Slocombe (University of York) and Anne Burrows (University of Pittsburgh, USA), and Marwell Zoo and the Owl and Monkey Haven, Isle of Wight.

Reddy’s research on infant social cognition has involved collaborations and interdisciplinary work with cognitive scientists and neuroscientists in Europe (Universities of San Sebastian, Aarhus, Heidelberg, Genoa, Compiegnè) Asia (Universities of Delhi and Hyderabad), and the US (St. Louis University). The implications of her work on infant motor adjustments have led to collaboration on prospective studies of infant siblings at risk of autism (the BASIS network, Birkbeck).

López’s work with practitioners and people with Autism, and the publication of her lay summaries on research in Autism, is also used by the Wales Autism Research Centre. In her research on autism she with works closely with Sue Leekam (University of Cardiff), Encarna Serria (Universidad Autonoma Madrid), Gijsbert Stoet (University of Glasgow), Nicola Gregory (Bournemouth University), Marcello Costantini and Corrado Sinigaglia (Universities of Chieti and Milan).

Morris’ work with the effects of prison environments on the psychological health of elderly life sentence prisoners involves collaborations with Nick Murdoch and Clive Holmes (University of Southampton), and collaboration with sports scientists at the University of Portsmouth.

The department hosts prestigious national (Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference 2011) and international conferences (SAC Centre Summer School 2014), and play leading roles in Learned Societies, including the Primate Society of Great Britain and the European Federation for Primatology. Members are editors, associate editors, or founding members of key journals in their field including Legal and Criminological Psychology, British Journal of Psychology, Primates, Social Cognition, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

Keynote addresses at major academic conferences by staff include the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group in 2010 and 2012, Canine Science Forum in 2010, prestigious Summer Schools including the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in Aigina 2013; by the University of Parma in Sardinia in 2008, at cutting edge workshops including CARTA symposium, USA 2013 and at major Psychology practitioner conferences such as the Deaf Blind quintennial International conference in Lille, 2013, the annual conference of the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists in Hatfield, the annual conference of TACTYC, the Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators, Birmingham, 2013.

Staff are regularly invited to present to professional non-psychologist groups nationally including Society for Higher Court Advocates, British Association of Zoos and Aquaria, and internationally at the International Criminal Courts and CEPOL European Police Training College.

The Department of Psychology’s support of the wider research infrastructure includes peer reviewer roles for national (e.g. BBSRC, ESRC, British Academy) and international (e.g. ERC, DFG, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, National Science Foundation (US), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) funding organisations.

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