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Psychology Research

Our work centres on educating psychologists but is inspired by our ground-breaking research.

Research institutes

There is an extensive range of research in psychology. There are also interdisciplinary areas involving psychology.

Psychology research takes place in academic units or groupings beyond the School. It involves research in other Faculties, the NHS, and elsewhere in Newcastle.

We work with the Faculty of Medical Sciences' three research institutes:

Research themes

The Faculty's research themes represent research focus areas. Themes unite researchers from different disciplines to work together on common topics. Using a 'team science' approach to tackle research challenges. The themes we work most closely with include:

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

The national assessment of research performance shows the excellence of our research environment, outputs and impact. Since the previous REF in 2013/14 our research capacity - or ‘power’ in REF terms in the area of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience has increased by 15%. 

48% of research in this area was scored as world-leading. 

Find out more about REF2021.

Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences

Our work also links up with the Centre for Research in Language and Language Sciences. There are research projects in language acquisition and acquired and developmental speech disorders.

A new research grouping in brain and language links Neuroscience, the Centre, and others. For more information, visit the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences website.

Interdisciplinary research

We work with the School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences. Research includes educational psychology (Professor Liz Todd).

Culture Lab links research in computer science, creative arts and others, including psychology research. There are several projects in human-communication interaction there.

Newcastle University Business School has a range of multidisciplinary research centres and projects. These include psychological perspectives on such areas as consumer behaviour and organisational behaviour.