Current Postgraduate Students


Ben Crebert
Masters of Clinical Psychology
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Ben Crebert is undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr Stefania Paolini and Dr Mark Rubin. His research examines the links between interpersonal attachment style and social identity complexity, defined as the subjective representation of multiple ingroup identities. Ben's work aims to establish whether there is a relation between social identity complexity and health and wellbeing.

Benjamin Kelly

Professional Doctorate Candidate - Clinical Psychology
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Benjamin Kelly is undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology under the supervision of Dr Mark Rubin. His work looks at the relationship between social class and depression. Benjamin's work ultimately aims to establish whether regulatory focus, friendship approach/avoidance, sense of perceived personal power, and parenting style mediate the relationship between social class and depression.

Nicholas Harris
PhD Candidate - Social and Learning Psychology
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Nicholas Harris is undertaking his PhD in social and learning psychology under the supervision of Dr Stefania Paolini and Dr Andrea Griffin. His research focuses on interethnic anxiety, the anxiety people experience when in contact with individuals of a different ethnicity. This is quite fitting, as the research team comprises of a Cypriot, an Italian, and a Swiss, a bit like the United Nations! Nicholas' project uses a learning paradigm to compare the acquisition of anxiety experienced first-hand with that experienced vicariously through observation of others. The aim is to discover how we develop interethnic anxiety, and how we can reduce it to improve intergroup relationships in society (thus having the potential to save the universe!)

Ally Logatchova
Masters Candidate - Clinical Psychology
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Ally Logatchova is undertaking a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Ally’s research builds on previous work by Dr Stefania Paolini, Dr Mark Rubin, and Prof Jake Harwood (University of Arizona) on incidental and integral affect in relation to category salience. Her work aims to explain how the type of affect (incidental vs. integral) influences category salience across different types of emotions (happy vs. sad vs. angry) in the context of imagined intergroup contact.
Amy Oswald

Professional Doctorate Candidate - Clinical and Health Psychology
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Amy Oswald is undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology under the supervision of Dr Stefania Paolini and Dr Mark Rubin. Her research examines the relationships between an individual’s self-complexity (personal and social identity complexity) and the impacts these two levels of the self have on one’s cognitive flexibility over time.
Samineh Sanatkar

PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Samineh Sanatkar is undertaking her Doctor of Philosophy in social psychology under the supervision of Dr Mark Rubin and Dr Stefania Paolini. Samineh’s research examines the moderating effect of independent-interdependent problem-solving on the relation between personality and performance in various social domains. Samineh aims to understand the conditions under which personality’s predictiveness on performance is reduced. Coming from Germany, Samineh completed her graduate studies in psychology at the University of Cologne and was a student assistant at the Social Cognition Cologne lab (Prof Dr Thomas Mussweiler).
Melanie Stone
Professional Doctorate Candidate - Clinical and Health Psychology
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Melanie Stone is undertaking a professional doctorate in clinical and health psychology under the supervision of Dr Linda Campbell and Dr Stefani Paolini. Melanie's research focuses on the experiences and needs of parents with psychosis, including areas such as stigma, access to children, parenting support and perceived parenting competence, isolation and role restriction.


Juan Tang
PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Juan Tang is a social psychology PhD student under the supervision of Dr Stefania Paolini and Dr Mark Rubin. Her research mainly focuses on self-expansion and the impact of self-expansion on preferences for intergroup vs. intragroup contact. In Juan’s research, cross-cultural differences in the impact of self-expansion on intergroup (or intragroup) contact will be evaluated and lifespan changes in the relationship between self-expansion and intergroup contact/intergroup relationship preferences will be investigated. The findings from this research will provide cross-cultural and life-span information in the field of self-expansion and provide new horizons to promote intergroup harmony and social integration.

Scott Turnbull

PhD Candidate - Social and Learning Psychology
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Scott Turnbull is a social and learning psychology PhD student under the supervision of Dr Stefania Paolini and Dr Andrea Griffin. Scott’s project uses a conditioning paradigm (through the use of electric shocks) to investigate how the categorisation of an individual group member changes, and how the perception and categorisation of other members from the same group are affected. Through his research, he will show how learning processes interact with categorisation processes, with the aim of explaining how stereotypes develop and form.