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Anglia Ruskin University

RA5a: Research environment and esteem

The Psychology Department at Anglia Ruskin University was established in September 

1998.  During its first five years the Department focused on establishing a high quality 

curriculum and a solid staff base. Having achieved this, our key priority over the last four 

years has been to improve our staffing and resources to enhance our research capability. 

Therefore, we are at an early stage in the development of our research potential, and this 

will be our first submission to the RAE. 

 

Department research strategy:

The Department’s research strategy has been to enable staff to engage in research of 

internationally acknowledged excellence by: 

 

(1) creating a research environment which promotes and enables world class research;  

(2) establishing, equipping and supporting state-of-the-art research laboratories; 

(3) participating fully in the international psychology research community through 

establishing strong and active research collaborations with staff in other institutions; 

(4) recruiting and developing researchers capable of world class research;

(5) providing research active staff with periods of sabbatical leave to develop their 

research programmes. 

 

Current Position:

We have made significant progress in each of these areas. 

 

(1) Research environment: We have created a vital research culture in the 

department by establishing two active research groupings (the "Stress, Health and 

Emotion Research Group" and the "Cognition, Brain and Behaviour Research 

Group"). These have facilitated increasing collaborations between colleagues as 

well as regular research meetings between staff.  Bi-weekly Departmental Research 

Seminars provide a forum for internal and external speakers to disseminate their 

research to staff and students and are open to all members of the university. 

 

(2) Research laboratories: We have invested heavily in laboratories to support 

research, spending approximately £600,000 over the last 3 years. We now have 

state-of-the-art research facilities to support the research of both of our research 

groupings. 

 

(3) Collaborations: We are exploiting our location by ensuring that staff participate 

fully in the vibrant Cambridge research community. Departmental staff have 

developed strong collaborative links with researchers at the MRC Cognition and 

Brain Sciences Unit (MRC-CBU), Cambridge University’s Experimental Psychology 

Department and Institute of Public Health and Primary Care, as well as with other 

institutions, nationally and internationally. We have formalised these collaborations 

with the appointment of Pulvermuller and Dalgleish to conduct research in, and 

provide academic leadership and advice to, each of our two key research 

groupings.

 

(4) Staff Support: Our staffing policies support the recruitment and development of 

high quality research staff. We ensure weekly ‘research days’ free from all teaching 

obligations for all members of staff; teaching loads for research active staff do not 

exceed an average of 5 hours per week; funding for staff to present their work at a 

minimum of one national or international conference per year; funding for staff 

development activities to allow staff to develop research skills and expertise; and a 

departmentally based mentoring system for new staff. 

 

(5) Research Sabbatical Leave: All key researchers in the Department have 

benefited from Anglia Ruskin University’s centrally funded Sabbatical Scheme (receiving 

approximately £47,000 over the last 3 years). Sabbatical staff are relieved of 

teaching and administration duties for a 6 month period, and are required to 

produce auditable research outcomes such as publications and grant applications.

 

Future Strategy:

Over the next 5 years, we will continue to implement this strategy to achieve the following 

goals: 

 

Increase the number of research active staff (by continuing to implement the 

staffing policy, above).

 

Increase the number of research grants (by providing sabbatical support to assist 

staff to make collaborative bids, and by providing academic leadership and advice 

from world class researchers through key academic appointments).

 

Increase the number of research studentships in the Department, by focusing on 

using obtained external funding to support both RA’s and studentships. A key 

goal will be obtaining eligibility for ESRC CASE studentship funding.

 

Research groupings:

We intend to achieve these goals by nurturing research groups of international standing 

in two main research areas: 

 

Investigations of stress, emotion and health (e.g. research into the 

psychological and immunological impact of chronic stress, as experienced by long 

term care-givers). 

 

Neuroimaging  and behavioural studies of higher cognitive processes

focusing on language and memory in the healthy brain and in patients with brain 

damage.

 

Research in both areas has been supported by key academic appointments, 

considerable investment in laboratory facilities, and technical support (each area has 

dedicated technical support).  Academic leadership and advice has been provided by the 

appointment of world class researchers in each area (Dalgleish and Pulvermuller, 

respectively). A key part of the role of these appointments will be to support staff in their 

respective groupings in developing their research programmes, making grant applications, 

and preparing papers for publication. 

 

Stress, Health and Emotion Research Group

The researchers in this grouping are Dalgleish, Kafetsios, Lambie, and Morant. 

 

Dalgleish is a cognitive neuroscientist and clinical psychologist. His research focuses on 

the nature of cognition-emotion interactions, with a particular emphasis on their role in the 

onset, maintenance and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and clinical 

depression. This translational research programme seeks to bridge the gap between 

basic cognitive neuroscience and the development and assessment of clinical 

interventions for PTSD and depression. An example is the recent publication of the first randomised 

controlled trial of individual cognitive therapy for children and adolescents with PTSD 

following single-event traumas. This work was underpinned by a host of basic science 

studies into the key mechanisms involved in maintaining PTSD in young people. 

Dalgleish’s work is driven by well-developed theory concerning cognition-emotion relations 

in emotional disorders which has received high international recognition (his work 

receiving 1480 citations, H-index = 21). 

 

Kafetsios conducts research in the areas of emotion in close relationships and applied 

social psychology, and was a full-time member of staff in the Department up until 2004. 

From November 2003 to June 2005 he was Principal Investigator and coordinator of a 

European Leonardo award (€208,000) which developed and evaluated a new method for 

the assessment and training of career starters’ interpersonal communication skills. His 

work has a strong interdisciplinary and international flavour; his Leonardo grant involved 

contributors from a number of European countries, and he has collaborated in a project 

on well-being in Bosnian children and assessment of social risk groups in Hungary. He 

has carried out projects investigating women’s experiences of and expectations during 

pregnancy, and more recently his research strands include cross-cultural aspects of 

attachment and well-being.  

 

Lambie’s interests are in the area of conscious experience, particularly with respect to 

emotion, e.g. emotion experience, coping with emotion, and emotion and social 

understanding. His research is concerned with the nature of the conscious experience of 

emotion and in the processes which sometimes lead to a lack of awareness of emotion 

(e.g. the focus of attention, and how different people categorise emotions). His research, 

particularly his theoretical contribution, has received high international recognition; for example, 

one of his papers has been cited recently in Nature Reviews Neuroscience as one of the 

"Historical milestones in understanding the emotional brain", and has already been cited in 

a number of leading textbooks (e.g. Kalat, 2007; Oatley, Keltner & Jenkins, 2006; 

Sternberg, 2003). 

 

Morant’s research is in the areas of mental health and social psychology, with theoretical 

interests in the theory of social representations. Her work has focused on developing 

methodologies for evaluating mental health services, and on researching therapeutic 

communities.  She has investigated the experiences and shared belief systems of mental 

health practitioners. Morant’s service-based studies inform the development of more 

effective and appropriate forms of care for those with serious and acute mental health 

problems.  Her work with Hodges (MRC-CBU) on the experiences of people who care for a spouse 

with fronto-temporal dementia is one of the first studies in the UK to focus on this group 

of carers, and will help inform the development of appropriate support services for 

informal carers. 

 

Cognition, Brain and Behaviour Research Group

The researchers in this grouping are Bright, Mohr and Pulvermuller. 

 

Bright’s research explores long term memory functions, the time course of semantic dementia, 

the neural bases of conceptual knowledge and object processing, and cognitive decline in normal 

aging. He and his colleagues have adapted and applied animal models of object processing to 

understanding conceptual representations in humans (based both on neuroimaging and lesion 

based data).  In collaboration with Tyler, University of Cambridge, he has clarified the nature 

of the cognitive deficits in the context of progressive disease which may lead to more appropriate 

and specific clinical interventions than are currently in use. Bright also collaborates  with Kopelman, 

Kings College London, on research which explores the neural correlates of memory processes, which 

should lead to more sophisticated and sensitive rehabilitative strategies for patients with organic 

amnesia. His research in these areas is widely cited in the literature (over 350 citations, H-index=11). 

 

Mohr’s research focuses on hemispheric specialisation and interhemispheric interaction in 

higher level cognition, using behavioural, EEG and MEG  correlates of cognitive 

processes, in particular in language and face processing. Her work in the areas of 

functional lateralization and hemispheric interaction in healthy participants and in patients 

with aphasia, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia is highly influential (receiving around 590 

citations, H-index = 15). In collaboration with Pulvermuller and  Rockstroh she has 

investigated cortical reorganization and rehabilitation in stroke patients with chronic 

aphasia. Mohr and her colleagues have developed a new aphasia therapy which has 

sparked public as well as scientific interest internationally. This therapy is currently being 

implemented in studies in other European countries and the US. Over the last 8 years, 

Mohr’s research has received continuous funding from the German Research Foundation 

and the University of Konstanz (over €320,000 all as principal investigator).

 

Pulvermuller is a cognitive neuroscientist and his research focuses on the 

neurobiological basis of language including a) the development of a neurocognitive 

theory of language,  b) the study of brain correlates (EEG, MEG, TMS and fMRI) of 

language functions, c) investigation of word category specific deficits in brain-damaged 

individuals and d) cortical reorganization and rehabilitation of language in chronic 

aphasics (the latter in collaboration with Mohr, see above). He has published over 150 

original articles in high-impact international journals (e.g. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 

PNAS, Neuron, Stroke), books, and book chapters. His research in all these areas is 

highly influential internationally, receiving over 2,309 citations and an H-index of 29. His 

research has received continuous funding from the German Research Foundation, 

University of Konstanz, Stiftung ZNS, MRC, and the European Union (over €1,130,000, 

all as principal investigator).

 

Physical Environment:

Over the last 3 years, we have allocated considerable resources (approximately £600,000) 

to the establishment of a world class research environment within the Department of 

Psychology, supported by two technicians. This investment has been carefully targeted to 

support research in the two key strategic research areas identified earlier. Specifically, the 

EEG, Eyetracking and Psycholinguistics laboratories support research in the area of 

Neuroimaging and behavioural studies of memory and language, and the PNI, 

Psychometrics and Behavioural Analysis laboratories support research in the area of 

Investigations of stress, emotion and health.

 

Neuroimaging and behavioural studies of memory and language laboratories:

 

EEG Laboratory: Our EEG laboratory houses one of the highest resolution EEG 

systems currently available in the UK: the system is based in an electrically 

shielded, air-conditioned and soundproofed booth, and uses a 128 channel 

brainamps EEG amplifier system.

 

Eye-tracking Laboratory: The eye-tracking laboratory is a sound attenuated, air-

conditioned room containing a ViSaGe stimulus generator, an infra-red video eye-

tracking system, supported by Video Eyetracker Toolbox sotware. For eyetracking 

work outside the laboratory the Department's researchers have access to two Tobii 

eyetracking systems.

 

The Psycholinguistics Laboratory is a sound-proofed, air-conditioned laboratory 

containing specialist equipment such as  a range of Windows and Macintosh based 

PC’s running PsyScope and E-Prime, digital recording equipment for data collection 

and stimulus preparation, PSD Black Box Toolkit timing calibration and testing 

system, and a range of response boxes and voice keys.

 

Investigations of stress, emotion and health laboratories:

 

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) laboratory is a wet laboratory designed to Class II 

microbiology standards.  We believe it is the most sophisticated laboratory of its 

type based in a Psychology department in the UK, and has recently been further 

enhanced by the installation of a TECAN auto-analyser at a cost of just under £130 

000. The laboratory can run ELISA assays to quantify endocrine and immune 

markers, though additional procedures can also be run. 

 

The Psychometrics Laboratory allows for the collection and analysis of data in 

three broad areas: a) Psychometric Instruments, b) Psychophysiology (e.g. EEG, 

GSR, and cardio-vascular)  c) Qualitative Data.

 

The Behavioural Analysis Laboratory is a sound -attenuated, air-conditioned 

environment equipped with touch-sensitive screens, physiological recording 

devices, and stimulators. 

 

Collaborative research and Interdisciplinary links:

Nurturing collaborative research links, many of which are interdisciplinary, is central to our 

research strategy. (Note: Throughout, MRC-CBU = MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences 

Unit, Cambridge)

 

Dr Peter Bright:

Dr Bright is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. In addition, he 

collaborates with:

_ Prof. Lorraine Tyler, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, 

on object and conceptual level processing.  

_ Prof. Michael D Kopelman, Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, on 

theoretical bases of learning and memory

_ Prof. Carol Brayne, University of Cambridge, on patterns of cognitive decline 

associated with ageing. 

_ Prof. John Duncan, MRC-CBU, on the relationship between frontal lobe function, 

intelligence and goal directed behaviour.  

 

 

Dr Tim Dalgleish

Dr Dalgleish is a Senior Scientist at the MRC-CBU, an honorary Senior Lecturer at the 

Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, and an honorary clinical psychologist at the 

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Key collaborations with:

_ Prof. William Yule  at the Child Traumatic Stress Clinic, Institute of Psychiatry, 

London on childhood posttraumatic stress disorder

_ Prof. Mark Williams, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford on 

autobiographical memory

_ Prof. Mick Power, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh on basic 

science of emotions

_ Drs Kuyken and Watkins, the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter on 

clinical depression.

 

Dr John Lambie: 

Key collaborations with:

_ Prof. Anthony Marcel, Department of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire and 

University of Cambridge on theoretical understanding of emotion experience and 

consciousness 

_ Dr. Kevin Baker, Rampton Hospital and De Montfort University on the clinical 

implications of a lack of awareness of emotion

 

Dr Bettina Mohr:

Dr Mohr is a Visiting Scientist at the MRC-CBU. Key collaborations with:

_ Dr. Olaf Hauk, MRC-CBU, on EEG and MEG correlates of  language. 

_ Dr. Tanja Endraß, Department of Psychology, Humboldt University Berlin, on functional 

lateralization of language and object processing.

_ Prof. Stefan Schweinberger, Department of Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University  

Jena, Germany on hemispheric interaction in face processing.

_ Prof. Brigitte Rockstroh, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany, on 

EEG correlates of hemispheric cooperation in schizophrenia patients.

 

Dr Nicola Morant:

Dr Morant was an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, St 

George’s Hospital Medical School, London until Feb 2001. Key collaborations with:

_ Dr Sonia Johnson, Department of Mental Health Sciences, UCL on qualitative methods 

on various mental health service-related projects 

_ Prof. John Hodges, MRC-CBU, on the experiences of carers of patients with 

fronto-temporal dementia.  

_ Dr Alan Ogilvie, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford on informal carer burden 

in bipolar disorder. 

_ Prof. Nick Manning, University of Nottingham on therapeutic communities.

 

Prof.  Friedemann Pulvermuller:

Prof. Pulvermuller is an honorary professor at the Department of Psychology, University of 

Bangor, Wales, and a Senior Scientist at the MRC-CBU. Key collaborations with:

_ Dr. Olaf Hauk, Dr. Yury Shtyrov, Dr. Karalyn Patterson, Prof. Marslen-Wilson, 

Dr. Bob Carlyon (all MRC-CBU) on neurobiological correlates of language 

processing.

_ Prof. Risto Naatanen, Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland on 

automatic auditory language processing

_ Prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy on 

neuronal correlates of action word processing

_ Dr. Marcelo Berthier, Department of Neurology, University of Malaga, Spain on cortical 

reorganization in aphasia

 

 

 

Esteem Indicators:

 

Dr Peter Bright:

 

Editorial Contributions:

Referee for many journals, including Brain, Neuropsychologia, NeuroImage, Journal of the International 

Neuropsychological Society, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,  Cortex

 

Invited Commentary: Cortex (December 2005).

 

Invited Talks:

Invited speaker at:

_ Symposium organised by the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience 

(focus: relationships between the frontal cortex and thalamus).  Crete, June 2007.

_ The British Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting, April 2007.

_ The Language and Communication Science seminar series, City University, March 

2007.

_ The Experimental Psychology Society conference, Oxford (March/April 2004) as 

part of a symposium on the role of perirhinal cortex in perception and memory.

 

Dr Tim Dalgleish

 

Editorial Contributions

Guest editor for three journal special issues:

_ Dalgleish, T. & Brewin, C.R. (in press). Autobiographical memory and 

emotional disorder. Memory

_ Smith, P., Dalgleish, T. & Perrin, S. (Eds.)(2005, October). A Festschrift 

special Issue for William Yule. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

_ Dalgleish, T (Ed.)(2004, September). Interfacing basic science and clinical 

practice. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

 

Associate Editor British Journal of Clinical Psychology (1999-2001)

Associate Editor Journal of Traumatic Stress (2005-)

Editorial Board: Emotion (2004-), Journal of Abnormal Psychology (2004-)

 

Referee for a wide range of journals including: Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Emotion, Journal of Consulting and 

Clinical Psychology, Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Child 

Psychology and Psychiatry, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Psychological 

Medicine, Memory; Behavioural and Brain Sciences, Memory and Cognition, Trends 

in Cognitive Science, Neuropsychologia.

 

Invited Talks:

Invited keynote/plenary addresses to: 

_ British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies annual 

conference, Warwick University, 2006 

_ International Society for Research on Emotions, Bari, Italy, 2005 

_ European Society for Research on Emotions, Amsterdam, 2005 

_ UK Mental Health Research Network Conference, Manchester 2006 

_ Amsterdam School Symposium on PTSD, Amsterdam 2004 

_ European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 2001 

_ Expert Meeting on Developmental Psychopathology, Amsterdam, 2001

 

Numerous additional invitations to give symposium talks at international 

conferences in the U.K., Europe and the U.S. and departmental talks in the U.K. 

and Europe.

 

Research related service for national or international bodies or committees:

Grant application reviewer for: 

_ Economic and Social Research Council

_ The Wellcome Trust

_ The Medical Research Council

_ Various European bodies

 

External doctoral examining nationally and internationally

External examiner for the D.Clin. Psych. Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, 

University of London (2002-present), and University of Edinburgh (2004-2006). 

External examiner for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, University of East Anglia (1999-2002). 

External examiner for 8 PhDs in the U.K. and Europe

 

Dr John Lambie:

 

Editorial Contributions:

 

Invited contributor for special issue on "emotional experiences", Emotion Review 

(January 2009 issue)

Referee for: Psychological Review, Behavioural and Brain Sciences, Nature 

Neuroscience

 

Invited Talks:

Invited keynote speaker for: 

_ "The First Person Experience of Emotion", sponsored by the Center for 

Consciousness Studies, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, 

Tucson, March 2002.

_ European Science Foundation Conference: Emotion, Consciousness and 

Self-Consciousness. St. John's College Cambridge. March, 2003.

 

Awards and Distinctions:

Nomination from members of International Society for Research in Emotion (ISRE) 

for Lambie & Marcel (2002) as one of the most important emotion papers of recent 

years. Cited in Oatley, K. (2003). Emotion Researcher: Newsletter of the 

International Society for Research in Emotion.

 

Lambie & Marcel (2002) cited recently in Nature Reviews Neuroscience as 

one of the "Historical milestones in understanding the emotional brain". 

 

 

Dr Bettina Mohr:

 

Editorial Contributions:

Referee for many journals, including Acta Psychologica, Biological Psychology, Brain and Cognition, Brain 

and Language, Brain Research, Cognitive Brain Research, Laterality, Neuroimage, 

Neuroscience Letters, Neuropsychologia, Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, 

Schizophrenia Research

 

Invited Talks:

_ Conference on "Hemispheric asymmetries, language and schizophrenia", 

Maurach, Germany, 2001

_ Experimental Psychology Society  conference, Cambridge, 2002

_ Neuroscience and Society,  Konstanz, Germany, 2006

 

External research degree examinations nationally and internationally:

External examiner for 4 PhDs (University of Konstanz, Germany, University of 

Auckland, New Zealand, University of Cambridge, UK) and 4 Msc/Mphil degrees 

(University of Cambridge, UK  and University of Konstanz Germany)

 

Dr Nicola Morant:

 

Editorial Contributions:

Referee for: British Journal of Social Psychology,Journal of Health Psychology, 

Qualitative Research in Psychology

 

Service for national or international bodies or committees:

Grant application reviewer for

_ Economic and Social Research Council, 2003

_ NHS National R&D Programme on Forensic Mental Health, 2003.

 

External doctoral examining nationally and internationally:

External examiner for PhD candidate at Murdoch University, Australia, 2003.

 

Prof. Friedemann Pulvermuller

 

Editorial Contributions

Editorial board member for: Aphasiology, Brain Topography, Brain and Language 

 

Referee for a wide range of journals including: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 

Brain, Brain Research, Cognitive Brain Research, Cognitive Science, Experimental 

Brain Research, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, 

Nature, Neurocase, Neuroimage, Neuron, Neuropsychologia, Neuroreport, Trends 

in Cognitive Sciences, Science

 

Invited Talks:

Prof. Pulvermuller has been invited to give numerous symposium talks at 

international conferences in the U.K., Europe and the U.S. and departmental talks 

in the U.K. and Europe, e.g. including invited plenary talks at:

 

_ Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference 2006, San Francisco: 

Symosium on Language and Action (co-organised with Markus Kiefer)

_ International Conference on Cognitive Neurospychology, Bressanone, Italy, 

January 2007

_ International Symposium on Language and the brain, Lecce, Italy, June 

2007

_ International conference on embodied sentence processing, Saarbrucken, 

Germany, August 2007

_ International conference on Concepts, types and frames, Dusseldorf, 

Germany, August 2007

 

Service for national or international bodies or committees:

Grant application reviewer for: 

_ BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC (UK), 

_ Wellcome Trust (UK)

_ Stroke Association (UK), 

_ Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), 

_ Dutch Science Foundation (The Netherlands), 

_ Finnish Academy of Science (Finland), 

_ Medical Research Council (UK), 

_ National Science Foundation (NSF, USA), 

_ Stiftung ZNS (Germany)

 

External doctoral examining nationally and internationally:

Examiner for a number of PhD and MSc degrees at the following Universities: 

Helsinki University, Cambridge University, University of Birmingham, University of 

Konstanz, University of Tubingen.