School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Patrick Rosenkranz

Senior Lecturer and Degree Programme Director (BSc Psychology)


Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Degree Programme Director (BSc Psychology)

International Tutor

Tutor for Men


Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP), Newcastle University (2012)

PhD Psychology, “Existential Orientation: Atheism, Theism and Individual Differences”, Newcastle University (2009)  

BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Newcastle University (2003)

Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), International House London (1998)

Previous Positions

I have taught psychology at the Open University, Newcastle College and Gateshead College. I have taught English as a Foreign Language in Schools across the UK, India and Siberia. 


Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society

Committee Member of the BPS Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology ( DART-P)

Committee Member of the BPS Undergraduate Education Committee

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society (Lit&Phil)  

Member of the Association of Psychological Science

Member of the Society for Teaching of Psychology


Vice-Chancellor's Education Excellence Award 2018

Peer-mentor Coordinator of the Year 2018


Undergraduate Teaching

PSY2008 Psychological Enquiry 2: Principles of Psychology (Module leader)

PSY2011 Methods in Psychology (2B) (Module leader)

PSY3026 Psychology of Religion (Module leader)

PSY3097 Empirical Project  (Supervisor)

PSY1007 History of Psychology (Tutor)

PSY3031 Psychology of Learning and Teaching  (Tutor) 


Research Interests

My main areas of interest are the psychology and cognitive science of religion and spirituality. The psychology of religion addresses the various ways in which individuals can be religious and explores the psychological causes and consequences of holding religious beliefs. Furthermore, the cognitive science of religion looks at the characteristics of religious beliefs and how they fit our evolved cognitive architecture. I am particularly interested in individual differences in religiosity/spirituality and what these can tell us about the evolution of religion.

A further interest of mine is the field of cyber-psychology, which is concerned with how humans interact with new and emerging technology, such as mobile phones or social network applications like Facebook and Second Life.

Lastly, I work on developing aspects of learning and teaching in psychology, such as the teaching of conceptual and philosophical foundations and the interaction between education and psychology. In collaboration with final year students, I run a peer-mentoring programme for psychology freshers.