BPP University Psychology Department research themes

The Psychology Department at BPP University conducts research under three main themes. These are:

Brief information about each theme, group members and selected, recent publications can be found below.

Health and Illness Research team (HIRT)

The Health and Illness Research team investigate how people make sense of illness symptoms and threats to health and wellbeing and how the process of “making sense” influences emotions, cognitions, and behaviours. Members of the team have conducted research in a variety of physical health domains such as coronary heart disease, multiple sclerosis, ME/CFS, and medically unexplained symptoms. Other members of the team focus more upon mental health and wellbeing, with an emphasis upon how organisations can influence wellbeing. In addition, HIRT is also interested in investigating issues such as patient compliance, adherence to healthcare programmes and ways to improve doctor-patient communication and collaboration. HIRT members also teach on the British Psychology Society-accredited MSc in Health Psychology.

Health and Illness Research Team Members

  • Dr Megan Arroll (PhD, FHEA, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS). Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology: MeganArroll@bpp.com
  • Dr Sokratis Dinos (PhD, CPsychol). Senior Lecturer and Psychology Programmes Leader: SokratisDinos@bpp.com
  • Dr Victoria Senior (PhD, CPsychol, HCPC registered Health Psychologist). Senior Lecturer and MSc Health Psychology Programme Leader: VictoriaSenior@bpp.com

Health and Illness Research Team selected publications

  • Dinos, S. (2015). Culturally-informed psychiatry: evidence on culturally-adapted interventions in high risk groups. Psychiatric Bulletin, 1-3, doi: 10.1192/pb.bp.115.050782
  • Dinos, S. & Palmer, S. (2015). Self-esteem in cognitive behavioural coaching: integrating theory within practice. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 8(2): 137-153.
  • Arroll, M.A., Attree, E.A., Cha, Y-H., Dancey, C.P. (2014). The relationship between stigma, illness intrusiveness and depression in mal de debarquement syndrome (MdDS). Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105314553046.
  • Arroll M.A., Attree, E.A., O'Leary, J.M. & Dancey, C.P. (2014) The delayed fatigue effect in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behaviour, 2(2), 57-63. DOI: 10.1080/21641846.2014.892755
  • Protopapa, E. & Senior, V. (2013). Does pain acceptance predict physical and psychological outcomes in cancer outpatients with pain, Health Psychology Research, 1, e35.
  • Robjant, K., Robbins, I., & Senior, V. (2009). Psychological distress amongst immigrant detainees: a cross-sectional questionnaire study, British Journal of Clinical Psychology., 48, 275-286.

Health and Illness Research Team books

  • Arroll, M.A. & Efiong, L. (2016). The Menopause Maze: The Complete Guide to Conventional, Complementary and Self-Help Options. Singing Dragon: London. See here
  • Arroll, M.A. & Dancey, C.P. (2016). Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Navigating Your Way to Recovery. Hammersmith Press: London. See here
  • Arroll, M.A. (2014). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What You Need to Know About CFS/ME. SPCK: London. See here
  • Arroll, M.A. & Dancey, C.P. (2014). Invisible Illness: Coping with Misunderstood Conditions. SPCK: London. See here

Political and Social Psychology Research team (PSPRT)

The Political and Social Psychology Research team (PSPRT) investigates different aspects and types of identity and how these are affected by threats to self. The team investigates how identity develops in childhood and across the lifespan and how ethnicity, gender, and sexuality (amongst other group characteristics) impact upon identity and self-esteem, particularly from a cross-cultural perspective. Some members of the group focus specifically upon political identities, ranging from conventional social/political participation to radicalisation, and others focus on the experience of stigma and well-being, both in online and offline environments (e.g. through online gaming and smartphone applications).

Political and Social Psychology Research Members

Political and Social Psychology Research selected publications:

  • Pachi, D. & Barrett, M. (2015) The Expectations and Understandings of Influential Others who can Mobilise Youth Participation. In M. Barrett and B. Zani (Eds) Political and Civic Engagement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. London: Routledge
  • Zervoulis, K., Dinos, S., and Lyons, E. (2015). Stigma and self-esteem across societies: Avoiding blanket psychological responses to gay men experiencing homophobia, Psychiatric Bulletin, 1-7, doi: 10.1192/pb.bp.114.048421
  • Pachi, D., Chrysanthaki, T., Barrett, M. (2014) Political and Civic Participation amongst Ethnic Majority and Minority Youth. In P. Nesbitt-Larking, C. Kinnvall, T. Capelos, H. Dekker (Eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology, England: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Bee, C., & Pachi, D. (2014) Active Citizenship in the UK: Assessing Institutional Political Strategies and Mechanisms of Civic Engagement. Journal of Civil Society10(1), 100-117
  • Pachi, D. & Barrett, M. (2013) Civic and Political Engagement amongst Ethnic Minority and Migrant Youth. In R. Dimitrova, M. Bender, and F. van de Vijver (Eds) Global Perspectives on Well-Being in Immigrant Families. New York: Springer
  • Golombok, S., Rust, J., Zervoulis, K., Golding, J. and Hines, M. (2012). Continuity in sex-typed behaviour from preschool to adolescence: A longitudinal population study of boys and girls aged 3-13 years, Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 41(3), 591-597
  • Paramova P. (2010). Out of the Shadows: Jenny Engstrom’s contribution to Politics, Psychology and Peace. Peace and Conflict, 16, 327-330.

Cognitive Psychology Research team (CPRT)

The Cognitive Psychology Research team (CPR) investigate aspects of facial processing, memory and judgement making and how these cognitive processes influence decision-making, eye-witness testimony and social perception. Members of the team are currently conducting research on cognitive bias in verdicts amongst jurors in court as well as attributions of blame and decision making. The team is also interested in autobiographical memories and false memories and others focus more specifically upon the role of cognitive processes in relationship dynamics and sexual behaviour.

Cognitive Psychology Research Team Members

  • Dr Sokratis Dinos (PhD, CPsychol). Senior Lecturer and Psychology Programmes Leader: SokratisDinos@bpp.com
  • Dr Tamara Shengelia (PhD) Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology and Personality and Individual Differences: TamaraShengelia@bpp.com
  • Dr David S. Smith (PhD, CPsychol, AFHEA) Lecturer in Biological psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience: DavidSmith@bpp.com

Cognitive Psychology Research Team Selected publications

  • Dinos, S., Burrowes, N., Hammond, K. & Cunliffe, C. (2014). A systematic review of juries’ assessment of rape victims: Do rape myths impact on juror decision making? International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice,43: 36-49.  DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2014.07.001
  • Smith, D. S., Jones, B. C., & Allan, K. (2013). Socio-sexuality and episodic memory function in women: further evidence of an adaptive “mating mode”. Memory and Cognition. 41, 6, 850 – 861. DOI: 10.3758/s13421-013-0301-1
  • Allan, K., Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. & Smith, D. S. (2012). Evidence of adaptation for mate choice within human females’ long-term memory. Evolution and Human Behaviour, 33, 3, 193 – 199. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2011.09.002
  • Smith, D. S., Jones, B. C., Feinberg, D. R., & Allan, K. (2012) Modulatory effects of male voice pitch on memory in women: evidence of adaptation for mate-choice? Memory and Cognition, 40, 1, 135-144. DOI: 10.3758/s13421-011-0136-6