Dr Robert Dempsey

Job Title and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Psychology.

  • Marketing & Social Media management for Psychology.

  • Award Tutor, BSc Psychology.

About Me

I joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology in September 2013. I had previously worked at the University of Bradford as a Lecturer in Psychology (2012-13) and also as a Research Fellow in Psychology (2011-12). I was employed as a Research Fellow as part of a European Commission-funded project assessing the feasibility of launching a web-based social norms intervention for polysubstance in European university students (“Project SNIPE”).

I completed a PhD in Psychology in 2011 at the University of Manchester. My thesis investigated the role of autobiographical memory retrieval processes and cognitive styles in the experience of bipolar spectrum conditions (supervisors: Dr P Gooding, University of Manchester, & Prof S Jones, Lancaster University). I also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Manchester and as a Research Assistant on a pilot study of a web-based Triple P Positive Parenting intervention for parents with a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis.

I am currently involved in projects investigating the role of psychological processes in individuals with a bipolar spectrum disorder diagnosis and I am also developing future work using the social norms approach for facilitating positive behaviour change.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology; PhD Psychology (both University of Manchester).

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher & Professional Education (Staffordshire University).

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society.

  • General Member, Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society.

Research Interests

My research interests are generally around mental health and well-being. I am particularly interested in the role of psychological factors in the experience of mental health conditions across the spectrum (across subclinical and clinical groups) and I have a particular interest in understanding the psychology of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders. I also have an interest in the role of social normative perceptions on risk-related behaviours and whether interventions which address such potential misperceptions may encourage positive behaviour change for a range of health and risky behaviours.

Selected Publications

Visit my research pages for details about my publications and conference talks.

Current Teaching

See details of my current teaching at Staffordshire University.


Dr Robert Dempsey
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (U/G Awards in Psychology & BPS Accreditation)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294886
e: robert.dempsey@staffs.ac.uk