Psychology Research Group
Our research team has a wide range of research interests including the psychology of religion, health psychology, human rights, organisational psychology, cognitive neuroscience, personality and psychometrics and the psychology of peace, violence and conflict.
Our academics serve on the editorial boards or are reviewers for specialist journals in the field including the Welsh Journal of Psychology, the British Journal of Religious Education; the Journal of Contemporary Religion; the Journal of Research on Christian Education; and the Personality and Individual Differences, Mental Health, Religion and Culture, Journal of Empirical Theology and European Journal of Psychology of Education. They also have a strong relationship with the British Psychological Society and work with partners internationally to collaborate on research.
The team also work with academic colleagues at Wrexham Glyndwr University in allied areas such as education, social work, social policy, youth work and health areas.
Prof Mandy RobbinsView profile
Sally Ann BakerView profile
Fiona LinternView profile
Joanne TurleyView profile
Our psychology research looks into the areas of personality, the role of memory in perception utilising eyetrackers, and health psychology. A passion of the team is the psychology of religion investigating such themes as non-traditional religious beliefs among adolescents.
Some of our recent work has explored attitudes towards human rights; the impact of religion on human and women’s rights; personality and religion; driving perceptions; terrorism and martyrdom; and economic, political and social issues in Ireland.
One current project is examining the psychological effect that digital communication has on junior school children which includes exploring the impact on their self-esteem, self-efficacy and well-being.
Francis, L.J., & Robbins, M. (2016). Attitudes toward human rights and religiosity among adolescents in England and Wales: Replicating and extending a study in Turkey. In H-G. Ziebertz & E.H. Ballin (Eds.). Freedom of Religion in the 21st Century: A human rights perspective on the relation between politics and religion, (pp 105-129). Brill: Leiden.
Hamid, S.N., Robbins, M., Nadeem, T. & Khan, Z. (2016). The Sahin-Francis Scale of Attitude towards Islam: A Study among Students in Pakistan. Journal of Empirical Theology, 29, 190-200
Francis, L.J., Robbins, M., & McKenna, U. (2016). Women’s socio-economic rights and religion among Christian, Islamic and non-religiously affiliated students in England and Wales. In H-G. Ziebertz & E.H. Ballin (Eds.). Freedom of Religion in the 21st Century: A human rights perspective on the relation between politics and religion, (pp 239-256). Brill: Leiden.
Lee, Y.M., Sheppard, E. (2016) The effect of motion and signalling on drivers’ ability to predict intentions of other road users. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 95, 202-208. DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2016.07.011.
Breslin, M.J., & Lewis, C.A (2015). Dissociation and religiosity: The role of religious experience. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 17, 26-33. (DOI: 10.1080/19349637.2015.957606). (ISSN 1934-9637).
Breslin, M.J., & Lewis, C.A (2015). Schizotypy and religiosity: The magic of prayer. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 37(1), 84-97. (DOI: 10.1163/15736121-12341300). (ISSN 0335-5985).
Lee, Y.M., Sheppard, E., and Crundall, D. (2015) Cross-cultural effects on the perception and appraisal of approaching motorcycles at junctions, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 31, 77-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2015.03.013.
Corry, D.A.S. Tracey, A., & Lewis, C.A. (2015). Spirituality and creativity in coping, their association and transformative effect: A qualitative enquiry. Religions, 6(2), 499-526. (doi:10.3390/rel6020499). (ISSN2077-1444).
Francis, L.J., Robbins, M., & Powell, R. (2015). The psychological type profile of Christians participating in fellowship groups or in small study groups: Insights from the Australian National Church Life Survey. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 18(8), 635-640. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2014.964000.
Greene, A., & Robbins, M. (2015). The Cost of a Calling? Clergywomen and Work in the Church of England. Gender, Work and Organization, 22: 405–420. doi: 10.1111/gwao.12101.
Hughes, C., Madoc-Jones, I., Washington-Dyer, K and Dubberley, S (2015) Encouraging Signs: A Qualitative Evaluation of Review and Congratulate Panels in the Wrexham Youth Justice Team.
Lewis, C.A. (Ed.). (2015). Psychological type, religion and culture: Empirical perspectives [Special Issue]. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, volume 18, edition 8. (ISSN 1367-4676).
Lewis, C.A. (2015). Psychological Type, religion, and Culture: Further empirical perspectives. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 18 (7).
Lewis, C.A. (Ed.). (in press). Mental Health, Religion & Culture: Development and evaluation of psychometric measures (Part I) [Special Issue]. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, volume 19, edition 6. (ISSN 1367-4676).
Payne, V.J., & Lewis, C.A. (2015). Confirming the psychological type profile of Anglican clergymen in Wales: A ministry for sensing types. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 18(7), 535-543. (DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2014.963999). (ISSN 1367-4676).
Powell, R. & Robbins. (2015). (Eds.) Mental Health and Culture. Special Issue: The Churches and wellbeing. Perspectives from the Australian National Church Life Survey.
Robbins, M. & Hancock, N. (2015). Subjective well-being and psychological type among Australian clergy. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 18(1), 47-56. doi: 10.1080/13676.2014.1003171.
Robbins, M. (2015). A complimentary Ministry? The psychological type of clergywomen in the Church in Wales. Psychology, 6. 1951-1956.
Robbins, M., & Kay, W.K. (2015). The psychological type profile of Singaporean Pentecostal pastors: A research report. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 26, 77-86. doi: 10.1163/9489004299436_006.
Robbins, M., & Powell, R. (2015). Psychological type profile of Protestant church leaders in Australia: Are clergymen and clergywomen different? Mental Health, Religion & Culture, online, doi: 10.1080/13674676.2014.963997.
Breslin, M.J., & Lewis, C.A. (2014). Eysenck’s model of personality and prayer: The utility of a multidimensional approach. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17, 291-296. (DOI:10.1080/13674676.2013.798721). (ISSN 1367-4676)
Corry, D.A.S, Lewis, C.A., & Mallett, J. (2014). Harnessing the mental health benefits of the creativity – spirituality construct: Introducing the Theory of Transformative Coping. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 16(2), 89-110.
Houghton, F., Scott, L., Houghton, S., & Lewis, C.A. (2014). Children’s awareness of alcohol sponsorship of sport in Ireland: Munster rugby and the 2008 European Rugby Cup. International Journal of Public Health, 59(5), 829-832. (DOI: 10.1007/s00038-014-0568-4). (ISSN 1661-8556).
Lewis, C.A., & Francis, L.J. (2014). Personality and religion among female university students in France. Psychology, Society, & Education, 6(20), 68-81. (ISSN 2171-2085).
Lewis, C.A., & Musharraf, S. (2014). The Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revised Short Form and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Revised Abbreviated: Urdu translations [Letter]. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 64, 225-226. (ISSN 0030-9982)
Lewis, C.A., Musharraf, S., & Lewis, M.J. (2014). The Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Revised Abbreviated: A Hindi translation [Letter]. Andhra Pradesh Journal of Psychological Medicine, 15(1), 139-142. (ISSN 2249–5851).
Mc Guckin, C., Lewis, C. A., Shevlin, M., & Prentice, G. R. (2014). Experiences of workplace bullying among ‘non-traditional’ students: Cause for concern for both business and education? Psychology, Society, & Education, 5(2), 103-124. (ISSN: 2171-2085).
Musharraf, S., Lewis, C.A., & Sultan, S. (2014). The Urdu translation of the Sahin-Francis Scale of Attitude toward Islam: A case of using only positive valence items in Pakistan. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 35(1), 25-35. (DOI:10.1080/13617672.2014.884847). (ISSN 1361-7672).
Roberts, D., Hibberd, P., Lewis, C.A., & Turley, J. (2014). The unique contribution of community clinical nurse specialists in rural Wales. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19(10), 496-502.
Turley, J., Baker, S. A., & Lewis, C.A. (2014). Expectations and levels of understanding when using mobile phones among 9-11 year olds in Wales, UK. Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, 32(3), 208-217. (ISSN 0264-3944).
Corry, D.A., Mallett J., Lewis, C.A., & Abdel-Khalek, A.M. (2013). The creativity-spirituality construct and its role in transformative coping. Mental Health, Religion & Culture. 16, 979-990. (ISSN 1367-4676)
Lewis, C.A. (Ed.). (2013). Mental health, implicit religion and culture [Special Issue]. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, volume 16, edition 9. (ISSN 1367-4676)
Lewis, C.A., Musharraf, S., Dorahy, M.J., & Lewis, M.J. (2013). The Dissociative Experiences Scale: An Urdu translation. Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 10(1), 46-50. No DOI (ISSN 1726-8710)
Mallett, J., Lewis, C.A., & Cairns, E. (2013). Perceived in-group density and psychological adjustment in a sample of Northern Irish Catholics and Protestants. Studia Psychologica, 55, 229-246. (ISSN 0039-3320).
Mc Guckin, C., Crowley, N., & Lewis, C.A. (2013). A cross-national perspective on cyberbullying among school pupils in Northern Ireland: A supplement to Mora-Merchan and Jäger (2011). Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 5, 168-176.
Lewis, C.A., Rogers, M.B., Loewenthal, K.M., Amlot, R., Cinnirella, M., & Ansari H. (Eds.). (2013). Aspects of terrorism and martyrdom: Dying for good, dying for God. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press. iv+350 pages
Lewis, C.A. (Ed.). (2013). Ireland: Economic, political and social issues. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science. (ISBN 978-1-62257-924-2). viii+158 pages
Robbins, M., & Kay, W. (2015). Evangelical and the charismatic movement. In G. Smith (Ed.). 21st Century Evangelicals (pp 137-153). Watford: Instant Apostle. ISBN 978-1-909728-25-7.
Robbins, M., & Smith, G. (2015). Life in the church. In G. Smith (Ed.). 21st Century Evangelicals (pp 39-53). Watford: Instant Apostle. ISBN 978-1-909728-25-7.
Mc Guckin, C., Lewis, C.A., Cruise, S.M., & Sheridan, J-P. (2014). The religious socialisation of young people in Ireland. In O'Higgins, J. At the heart of education: A reader in pastoral care for school chaplains, guidance counsellors and teachers (p. 228-245). Dublin: Veritas Publications.
Cinnirella, M., Lewis, C. A., Ansari, H., Loewenthal, K. M., Rogers, B., & Amlôt, R. (2013). Social identity and beliefs about martyrdom and terrorism amongst British Muslims. In C.A. Lewis, M.B. Rogers, K.M. Loewenthal, R. Amlot, M. Cinnirella, & H. Ansari (Eds.), Aspects of terrorism and martyrdom: Dying for good, dying for God. (Pp. 277-300). Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
Lewis, C.A., Rogers, M.B., Loewenthal, K.M., Amlot, R., Cinnirella, M., & Ansari H. (2013). Preface. In C.A. Lewis, M.B. Rogers, K.M. Loewenthal, R. Amlot, M. Cinnirella, & H. Ansari (Eds.), Aspects of terrorism and martyrdom: Dying for good, dying for God (iii-iv).Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
Mc Guckin, C., Cummins, P. K., & Lewis, C.A. (2013). School based bullying in Ireland – a cause for concern?: A review of research from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In C.A. Lewis (Ed.), Ireland: Economic, political and social issues. (Pp. 121-145). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science. (ISBN 978-1-62257-924-2)
Lewis, C.A. (2013). Preface. In C.A. Lewis (Ed.), Ireland: Economic, political and social issues. (Pp. vii-viii). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science. (ISBN 978-1-62257-924-2)
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