Academic Members

Internal Researchers


  Dr Kirsten McKenzie

I joined the School of Psychology in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to this I was an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus (2011-2014) and a post-doc at the University of Manchester (2008-2010), having completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2008.

My current research has two main themes; the multisensory processes underlying body representation and spatial awareness in healthy individuals, and the cognitive and perceptual processes leading to somatic misperception in people with Medically Unexplained Symptoms and other clinical disorders, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I use a variety of techniques including MIRAGE virtual/augmented reality, fMRI, EEG and other psychophysical measures, structured patient interviews, physiological assessment & eye-tracking.



  Dr Emile van der Zee

Emile van der Zee obtained his PhD at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). After post-docs at the University of Utrecht and the University of Hamburg he became a lecturer in psychology at the University of Lincoln and is currently a Principal Lecturer at this School.



  Dr Fenja Ziegler

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Originally from Germany, I moved to the UK to study for my BSc in Psychology at City University, London. After a brief stint in industry I returned to academia to read for a PhD at the University of Nottingham, which was supervised by Peter Mitchell in Psychology and Gregory Currie in Philosophy. I was awarded my PhD in 2004 and stayed in Nottingham as a lecturer and research fellow. In September 2010, I moved to Lincoln University as a senior lecturer in Psychology.



  Dr Stefano Belli

My background is primarily in Experimental Psychology, which I studied at undergraduate and doctoral levels at the University of Oxford. I have also worked on social policy and research policy.  I spent 2 years as a post-doctoral research worker at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience,  reviewing European mental health research and generating priorities for future research as part of the multi-disciplinary ROAMER project ( I also spent time as a Research Fellow as part of the Behavioural Insights Team (, working on evidence-based policy in government.



  Dr Matina Tsiora

Matina Tsiora obtained her PhD at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Her thesis focused on exploring the effects of nicotine on attention orienting using EEG and fMRI methods. After completing her studies she worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. Matina has also worked for a number of years with people on the autism spectrum and she is using her expertise to provide consultancy to services supporting autistic people.



  Dr Michael Rasell

I am a qualitative sociologist and my research focuses on international social welfare, especially discourses of need and provision within state welfare programmes.  I have particular experience of studying disability services and social work in the former Soviet bloc and am currently investigating the front line implementation of inclusion in line with Russia’s adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  I have published on various aspects of well-being and welfare reform in Russia, most recently editing a collection for Routledge on disability in the postsocialist region.



  Dr Simon Durrant

Originally a musician, I received my BA in Music from the University of Durham. I followed this with an MA and a PhD in the Psychology of Music from the University of Sheffield, focusing on the perception of musical metre. After a post-doc year in Ohio, I returned to the UK and student life by taking an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems and following this with a DPhil in Computational Neuroscience, both at the University of Sussex. Having finally satiated the student in me, I was a Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth investigating the Neuroscience of Music, and then a Research Associate at the University of Manchester where I got involved in cognitive sleep research. I joined the University of Lincoln in July 2011.



  Dr Sophie Hall

I am a Research Fellow in School of Life Sciences. I have experience in conducting psychology research in educational institutions, including schools and nurseries. I have conducted a number of intervention projects in schools, investigating a range of behaviours including, healthy eating practices, emotional processing and reading abilities.  I have also conducted comparative research with dogs and children.
My current research priorities lay in understanding the role of companion animals to human health and development. I interested in understanding the role of the human-animal bond and the implications of this bond to the health of both humans and companion animals.



  Dr Adrian Parke

My undergraduate degree was in Social Psychology and therefore, initially my interests in the subject were focussed primarily around social behaviour, however I gradually through my early postgraduate research posts and postgraduate studies shifted towards Clinical Psychology. After my degree I held a Research Assistant post in the International Gaming Research Unit (IGRU) within the Psychology Division at Nottingham Trent University. While a member of this research group I enrolled on an MSc Research Methods course and continued through to PhD level, with my thesis entitled “An Explorative Investigation of the Effects of Information Technology on Gambling and Gambling-Related Behaviours”. I began lecturing part-time at Nottingham Trent University from 2004 before taking a full-time post at the University of Lincoln in 2006.



  Dr Amanda Roberts

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Amanda Roberts is a Reader in the School of Psychology, College of Social Science.  She completed her first degree at University College London (BSc Hons Psychology), before moving to Cardiff University to conduct her PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience.  Amanda took up her first permanent full-time post at Kings College London, before moving to Queen Mary University, University of East London and then to Lincoln.

Amanda’s main research covers specific areas in mental health and related areas, including forensic psychology and criminology, and is predominately based on epidemiological and psychological theory. Recent research aims to examine the risk for antisocial behaviour at the individual and population levels. Specific emphasis is placed on fighting, and weapon use and its relationship with drugs and alcohol. Current research interests include risk factors for antisocial behaviour, addiction, violence, pathological gambling, smoking and extensive pornography use.  Other research includes the evaluation of addiction treatment programmes both in the community (pathological gambling) and in prisons.



  Miss Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca Hawkins

I am currently a Lecturer working in the School of Sport & Exercise Science, and specialising in sport psychology at the University of Lincoln. I obtained my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within general sport science and am currently undertaking a PhD more specifically in the field of sport psychology. My keen research areas include the use of goal-setting as an intervention strategy in different populations, with particular focus on the types of goals used and how these impact upon the resultant performances in sport and exercise settings. A secondary interest, not only as a passion of my own, but in a research capacity is football, within which my overarching goals and aspirations are to grow the game for diverse populations and make sport more accessible for all.



Affiliated Researchers


  Dr Stephen Sharman

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Steve gained a BSc in Psychology from the University of East London where he began working in the field of gambling disorders. His research into decision-making strategies in problem gamblers started during an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. Steve gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where his thesis investigated cognition and decision making in both regular and pathological gamblers. Steve’s current research looks at multiple facets of gambling behaviour including pathways into gambling in treatment seeking populations, predictors of treatment outcome, the relationship between gambling and homelessness, and the effects of specific within-game constructs on gambling behaviour.





  Mrs Charlotte Cartledge I PhD student