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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

Timothy Behrens

Professor of Computational Neuroscience

Geoff Bird

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Dorothy Bishop

Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology

Rafal Bogacz

Associate Professor

Lucy Bowes

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Sven Braeutigam

MEG Physicist

Holly Bridge

Associate Professor

Michael Browning

MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow

Mark J. Buckley

Professor of Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Philip Burnet

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Christopher Butler

Associate Professor

Claire Carson

Senior Researcher in Epidemiology, University Research Lecturer

Steven Chance

Associate Professor

Grant C Churchill

Associate Professor in Chemical Pharmacology

Roi Cohen Kadosh

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Catherine Crane

Senior Post Doctoral Research Psychologist

Nele Demeyere

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Klaus Ebmeier

Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry

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

Guy Goodwin

Senior Research Fellow

Trish Greenhalgh

Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences

Catherine Harmer

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Paul Harrison

Professor of Psychiatry

Keith Hawton

Director, Centre for Suicide Research

Emily Holmes

Visiting Professor in Clinical Psychology

Andrew King

Director, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience

Patricia Kingori

Associate Professor in Global Health Ethics

Morten Kringelbach

Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow

Kristine Krug

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Willem Kuyken

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

Simon Kyle

Associate Professor

Belinda Lennox

Associate Professor and Clinical Senior Lecturer

Clare Mackay

Professor of Imaging Neuroscience

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 ...

Jacinta O'Shea

Principal Investigator

Jill O`Reilly

MRC Career Development Fellow

Rebecca Park

Associate Professor and Consultant Psychiatrist

Andrew Parker

Professor of Neuroscience

Brian Parkinson

Professor of Social Psychology

Matthew Rushworth

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Gaia Scerif

Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Michael Sharpe

Professor of Psychological Medicine

Sara Shaw

Associate Professor

Ilina Singh

Professor of Neuroscience & Society

Rebecca M A Sitsapesan

Professor of Pharmacology

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

Irene Tracey

Head of Department & Nuffield Chair in Anaesthetic Science, Nuffield Department ...

Elizabeth Tunbridge

Royal Society Research Fellow

Sridhar Vasudevan

University Research Lecturer

Tim Vogels

Sir Henry Dale Fellow, Associate Professor

Vladyslav Vyazovskiy

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Mark Walton

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Kate Watkins

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Caleb Webber

Professor of Bioinformatics

Katharina Wulff

Former University Research Lecturer in Chronobiology and Sleep

Ralf Wölfer

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Nick Yeung

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience