Department of Psychology

Our people

Discover the people behind psychology at Essex

The Department of Psychology is home to academic experts, dedicated professionals, and the future of psychological research.

Our experts carry out research that helps us understand how we think about, interact with, and experience the world.

Dr Eva Gutierrez-Sigut carried out research that showed that 90% of deaf people struggled to communicate during mandatory mask-wearing periods in the COVID-19 pandemic.

A state-of-the-art study by Dr Elia Valentini developed a new method of understanding how our brain generates feelings of pain.

While some nasal sprays of the hormone oxytocin claiming they may help save difficult relationships, research by Dr Katie Daughters revealed that engaging in therapy is more effective, especially for men.

Discover more about staff in our department.

  • Our academic staff hold various posts within the department, deliver excellence in the teaching of our modules, and conduct research in a wide range of specialisms.
  • Our professional services staff are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the department, supporting the delivery of our teaching and our research.
  • Our research students investigate a broad range of exciting topics and are supervised by our academic staff.

Contact details and further information about the specific interests of our members can be found in their profiles.