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Department of Psychology


Our 33 members of academic staff consistently produce and publish high impact research spanning all subdisciplines of psychology. The Department of Psychology provides a world-class research environment for postgraduate students in Biological, Cognitive, Social or Developmental Psychology along with more applied aspects such as Educational Psychology, Forensic/Criminological Psychology, Neuroscience (including Neurorehabilitation) and Health Psychology. Much of our research is interdisciplinary both within the department and outside of the department.

The last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) rated 95% of our output as being of International Quality with 60% of our output being World Leading (3* and 4*). This puts the Durham University Psychology Department in the top 6 departments in the country. The Department has active research grants with the ESRC, MRC, BBSRC, NIHR as well as charities such as The Stroke Association and the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research. The research activities in the Department fall within five research groupings:

In addition, members of the Department play leading roles in the following research institutes, centres and units:

Recent Publications from the Department of Psychology