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Psychological Research in Newcastle

The School of Psychology (Head of School Professor Vicki Bruce) principally organises undergraduate and postgraduate (taught) degree programmes including the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

There is an extensive range of research in psychology, or in interdisciplinary areas involving psychology, taking place in academic units or groupings beyond the School, and involving research in other Faculties, in the NHS, and elsewhere in the city of Newcastle as detailed below.

The Institute of Neuroscience

Behaviour, Psychology and Cognitive Neurosciences forms one of the principal research themes in the Institute, alongside many other areas in which psychology is used or psychologists are involved. Many members of the School of Psychology conduct their research at the Institute and our research students are based there too.

Institute of Health and Society

This Institute straddles the Faculty boundaries of medical and social sciences. Psychological research is particularly strongly reflected in the Life Course, Development & Ageing programme led by Professor Helen McConachie, which links to other developmental research taking place in the School of psychology and the Institute of Neuroscience.

Institute for Ageing

The institute investigates why and how we age, including psychological aspects of ageing. There are strong links with ION and IHS as well as with the NHS and clinical psychologists.

Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences

Psychological research is also linked through to the Centre for Research in Language and Language Sciences (CRILLS) where there are research projects in such areas as language acquisition, acquired and developmental speech disorders.

A new interdisciplinary research grouping in Brain and Language links the Institute of Neuroscience, CRILLs and other researchers.

Interdisciplinary research

Other psychological research within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences includes educational psychology (Professor Liz Todd).

An exciting interdisciplinary environment for research linking computer science, creative arts and others including psychologists is found in Culture Lab. There are several projects in Human-Communication Interaction there, led by Professor Patrick Olivier.

Newcastle University Business School (NUBS) also has a range of multidisciplinary research centres and projects which include psychological perspectives on such areas as consumer behaviour and organisational behaviour. The Director of NUBS is Professor Ian Clarke.

Beyond Newcastle University

There are strengthening links with Northumbria University. We now have a combined seminar series, and large cross-university group interested in developmental psychology (with further links to other networks above) and many other cross-university connections.