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Psychology Research

Our research focuses on numerous applied and theoretical areas of Psychology, including: health psychology, counselling psychology, cognitive psychology, cyberpsychology, forensic and investigative psychology, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each of these areas is represented in a number of overlapping research groups.

News & Events

For details about our latest news and events please visit our news and events page, which provides information about research projects, successes and recent publications, as well as seminars, conferences and events.

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Research Projects

View details of the the current and completed research projects undertaken by Psychology researchers in our research projects pages.

Staff Directory

View our staff directory to see research profiles for the Institute of Psychology team.

Contact details

Please use the following details to get in touch

Institute of Psychology
Mary Seacole Building
City Campus - North

Tel: 01902 518803


Recent Highlights

Drawing to Remember: External Support of Older Adults’ Eyewitness Performance
This paper by Coral Dando features in 'PloSOne'.

Does our personality explain why we use Social Networking Sites?
A recent paper published in the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication by Dr Lisa Orchard (University of Derby) and Drs Chris Fullwood, Niall Galbraith and Neil Morris (Institute of Psychology) explores the link between personality types and our motivations for using social networking sites.

Decay uncovered in nonverbal short-term memory.
This publication by Tom Mercer features in '
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review'.

Workshop and networking event for Psychologists in Weight Management NHS Network
Dr Wendy Nicholls hosted this event which was attended by clinical, counselling, health and research psychologists from across the country. At the event Wendy presented findings from her recent report to advise practitioners in weight management on the screening tools, and questionnaires that are suitable for use in their clinics.

Psychology Research Groups

‌Cyberpsychology Research at the University of Wolverhampton (CRUW)

Cyberpsychology  researchCRUW seek to provide a forum to promote the academic and applied socio-psychological study of the impact of the Internet and emerging technologies on our everyday lives. Research areas include:

  • Online self disclosure
  • Online impression management
  • Personality types in cyberspace
  • Cybercrime

Visit the CRUW research group.

Cognition in Context Research Group (CiC)

Cognition and Individual Differences Research Group (CID)The group’s scope potentially encompasses a broad range of themes addressing the causes and consequences of individual differences in cognitive performance. Our research areas include:

  • Beliefs and cognition
  • Cognition in interviewing contexts
  • Cognitive biases in children

Visit the CiC research group.

Wolverhampton Applied Psychology Research Group (WARG)

Wolverhampton Applied Psychology Research Group (WARG)WARG conducts high quality research using psychological principles in the following areas:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Disability Studies

Visit the WARG research group.

Special Interest Research Groups

The following SIRGs are all supported by the Wolverhampton Applied Psychology Research Group (WARG). Please use the links below to find out more about the groups.

Centre for Applied Psychometric Testing Using Robust Evidence (CAPTURE)

Capture is a collective of researchers and practitioners interested in psychological assessment of individuals in a variety of applied settings. Our aim is to better psychometric practice, develop new tools improve existing psychometric instruments through a combination of research and practice. The purpose of the group is firstly to promote quality psychological assessment practice through thorough training and support services, and secondly to enhance existing psychometric practices, assessments and develop new cutting edge applied tools through research. 

Find out more about the Centre for Applied Psychometric Testing Using Robust Evidence (CAPTURE).

Educational, Lifespan and Developmental Psychology (ELDP)

This forthcoming special interest research group is comprised of researchers with arious interests in the areas of Educational, Lifespan and Developmental Psychology. 

Full details about the Educational, Lifespan and Developmental Psychology (ELDP) rsearch group coming soon. 

Eating Behaviour Psychology (EBP)

The group offers an interdisciplinary forum for research on eating behaviour across a range of contexts, for the development of research projects, applying for relevant research funding, and informing practitioners and organisations on practice and policy development where appropriate.

Find out more about the Eating Behaviour Psychology (EBP) research group. 

Health & Psychological Interventions (HAPI)

HAPI aims to facilitate individual and collaborative research between members of the division with interests in health, clinical, and counselling psychology. Our scope is broad covering aspects of applied psychology that relate to chronic illness, stress and theory-based psychological interventions for both physical and psychological disorders.

Find out more about the Health & Psychological Interventions (HAPI) research group. 

Wolverhampton Intellectual Disability Network (WIDeN)

WIDeN is an interest group focussing on widening participation, increasing inclusion, improving wellbeing, and enhancing knowledge, advocacy and support for people with intellectual disabilities through research, teaching and community work. It is a forum in which those working in and researching in the field of intellectual disabilities can come together to discuss, plan and share research and practice work and aims to build research and practice partnerships with people with intellectual disabilities, their families and those who support them and specialist and generic services, organisations and institutions.

Find out more about the Wolverhampton Intellectual Disability Network (WIDeN).