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Programmes in Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry offer opportunities to research social, cognitive and emotional psychological processes in both health and in mental disorders.

Oxford has particular strengths in developmental psychology and disorders, language and communication, action selection and decision-making, attention and cognition, and research into psychological illnesses including depression and bipolar disorder, psychoses and its features, anxiety and trauma.  The range of opportunities encompasses laboratory methods with the range of techniques offered by contemporary cognitive neuroscience including imaging, brain stimulation, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology and genetics.

Strong ties between Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry in Oxford facilitate opportunties to work on translational projects that apply basic research to answer questions about the mechanisms that sustain and confer risk for psychological problems (across the lifespan) and mechanisms that might allow psychological and pharmacological treatments to work. The multi-disciplinary character of this research ensures that our programmes offer rich and exciting opportunities for post-graduate scientific training.

The Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training runs a 3 year Doctoral course in Clinical Psychology that includes a substantial research programme.

Supervisors in Psychology and Psychiatry


Matthew Apps

BBSRC DP Fellow & University Research Lecturer

Paul Azzopardi

Departmental Lecturer in Perception and Psychophysics

David Bannerman

Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Esther Becker

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Timothy Behrens

Professor of Computational Neuroscience

Geoff Bird

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Rafal Bogacz

Professor of Computational Neuroscience

Lucy Bowes

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Sven Braeutigam

MEG Physicist

Holly Bridge

Professor of Neuroscience

Michael Browning

MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow

Mark J. Buckley

Professor of Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Philip Burnet

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Claire Carson

University Research Lecturer and Senior Researcher in Epidemiology

Grant C Churchill

Associate Professor in Chemical Pharmacology

Cathy Creswell

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Nele Demeyere

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Klaus Ebmeier

Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry

Mike English

Colin Espie

Professor of Sleep Medicine

Seena Fazel

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Russell Foster

Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Sleep and Circadian ...

Elaine Fox

Professor of Psychology & Affective Neuroscience

Daniel Freeman

Professor of Clinical Psychology

John Gallacher

Director, Dementias Platform UK; Professor of Cognitive Health

John Geddes

Head of Department

Alex Green

Spalding Associate Professor

Trish Greenhalgh

Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences

Catherine Harmer

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Paul Harrison

Professor of Psychiatry

Lisa Hinton

Director for Applied Research, Health Experiences Research Group

Masud Husain

Professor of Neurology & Cognitive Neuroscience

Roi Cohen Kadosh

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Andrew King

Director, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience

Patricia Kingori

Associate Professor in Global Health Ethics

Morten Kringelbach

Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow

Willem Kuyken

Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological ...

Simon Kyle

Associate Professor

Belinda Lennox

Professor of Psychiatry

Victoria Bajo Lorenzana

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Clare Mackay

Professor of Imaging Neuroscience

Sanjay Manohar

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant

Anna S Mitchell

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor

David Morley

Senior Research Scientist

Robin A Murphy

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Kate Nation

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Charles Newton

Cheryl & Reece Scott Professor of Psychiatry

Thomas Nichols

Professor of Neuroimaging Statistics, Nuffield Department of Population Health

Kia Nobre

Head of Department of Experimental Psychology, Chair in Translational Cognitive ...

Fernando Nodal

Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Robyn Norton

Acting Executive Director, The George Institute, UK.

Jacinta O'Shea

Principal Investigator

Jill O`Reilly

MRC Career Development Fellow

Rebecca Park

Associate Professor and Hon Consultant Psychiatrist

Andrew Parker

Professor of Neuroscience

Brian Parkinson

Professor of Social Psychology

Catherine Pope

Professor of Medical Sociology

Matthew Rushworth

Watts Chair and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Paul Salkovskis

Director

Gaia Scerif

Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Michael Sharpe

Professor of Psychological Medicine

Sara Shaw

Associate Professor

Ilina Singh

Professor of Neuroscience & Society

Stephen Smith

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Hannah Smithson

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Charles Spence

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Charlotte Stagg

Professor of Human Neurophysiology

Alan Stein

Head of Section, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Mark Stokes

Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology

Simon Stringer

Departmental Lecturer

Christopher Summerfield

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Pawel Swietach

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology

Irene Tracey

Nuffield Chair in Anaesthetic Science

Elizabeth Tunbridge

Associate Professor

Sridhar Vasudevan

University Research Lecturer

Tim Vogels

Sir Henry Dale Fellow, Associate Professor

Vladyslav Vyazovskiy

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Kerry Walker

University Research Lecturer

Mark Walton

Wellcome Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Experimental ...

Kate Watkins

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Caleb Webber

Professor of Bioinformatics

Nick Yeung

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience