Centre for Applied Psychology

There is a strong research culture within the Department of Psychology. Staff research activity covers many areas of psychology and this is reflected in the wide variety of projects we house in the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.

Centre for Applied Psychological Research (CAP Research)

Our Centre produces high quality applied psychology research, theory and practice that seeks to explain healthy and abnormal human behaviour throughout the lifespan. This work will have significant influence and impact on individuals, communities and organisations, spanning a variety of areas including crime, education, society and health.

The centre is organised into three groups:

  1. Cognitive, Developmental and Disorders Research
  2. Forensic Psychology Research
  3. Individual, Society and Health Research

Individuals, Society and Health Research

Our mission is to promote excellence in applied psychology research on health and social aspects of individuals, groups, and organisations.
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Cognition, Development and Disorders Research

The group investigates normal and abnormal brain processes across the lifespan and to inform evidence-based practice and policy.
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Forensic Psychology Research

The group seeks to conduct work that enhances our understanding of why people commit crime and that contributes to the successful functioning of the criminal justice system.
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Postgraduate Research

The Department of Psychology, in the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University can offer self-funded PhD supervision in a broad range of areas.
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We house first class facilities to enable research activity across most areas of psychology. We have invested in a state of the art observation suite and adjoining video suite to allow audio and video recording of research participants, as well as having eye-tracking equipment. We also use several one-to-one research labs, as well as three large PC laboratories. We enable both real and virtual / simulated research data to be generated in our research facilities.

As well as laboratory-based work, we are able to conduct real-world research projects, collecting data from people and organisations in industries and communities. We have a good range of external organisations who collaborate with us. We value quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as equally important, and as such we are quickly able to deploy staff with appropriate research training, skills and techniques that are the most appropriate for the research topic being investigated.

Consultancy and Collaboration

Staff within the Department of Psychology are able to respond to the needs of organisations or external agencies who may require research studies or methodological advice. Birmingham City University encourages open partnerships with external organisations in order to provide academic quality research and solutions to real-world problems and questions.

Commissioned Reports written by staff in the Division of Psychology

For a full list of the commissioned reports from within the Division of Psychology, see the Publications page.