Postgraduate Research Opportunities

The Centre for Applied Psychological research can offer self-funded PhD supervision in a broad range of areas (please see below). The proposed research is further supported by the strong collaborative links with external partners and colleagues from other Universities across the UK, Europe and beyond.

We also offer a range of funded research projects within the School of Social Sciences.

Applied Forensic Psychology

Research into the Evaluation of Prison and Forensic/Acute Psychiatric Hospital Settings

Staff: Dr Rahul Jalil

Project Description: Dr Jalil has expertise in the evaluation of prison and secure psychiatric hospital settings. Projects can include, but not limited to, aggression/violence, coercive containment (e.g., physical restraint, seclusion), risk assessment and risk management, emotional labour, interpersonal styles/therapeutic alliance and trauma-informed care. He would be happy to discuss any aspect of prison and/or secure hospital-based research for a potential PhD project.


Research into the Evaluation of Community-based provision of Mental Health Care

Staff: Dr Rahul Jalil

Project Description: Dr Jalil has expertise in the area of Section 136 (s.136) of the Mental Health Act, which concerns a multi-agency effort through the care pathway that involves the Police, Ambulance, Accident & Emergency (A&E), and Mental Health NHS Trusts: Crisis Resolution Teams, Crisis Houses, and Inpatient Acute wards (s.2/s.3). He would be happy to discuss any aspect of the use of s.136 and/or Crisis Services for a potential PhD project.


Dr Chrisa Pornari has four projects available for research:

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Biases in jury decision-making
  • Aggression in school-aged children
  • Cognitive distortions and aggressive behaviours

Dr Natalie Harrison has two projects available for research:

  • Family violence, domestic violence and children
  • Development of resilience following trauma or adverse childhood experiences