Claudia Lega

Job Title and Responsibilities

PhD Student in Sport Science

About Me

I studied at the University of Bologna (Italy), where I completed both a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Psychology. During this period I participated in an Erasmus Exchange Programme at the University of Valencia (Spain) where I enhanced the study of psychopathology and research technical skills through workshops and trainings.  In 2013 I received a scholarship for developing my Master final dissertation at the University of Warwick, where I spent one year working as research assistant at the Medical School. Subsequently I collaborated for six months as Assistant Psychologist at the Addiction Department in a Local Healthcare Unit of Cesena (Italy), acquiring the abilities to evaluate substance-related disorders.

In January 2016 I started a PhD on the topic “Natural environments and health”, supervised by Dr Christopher Gidlow, Dr Naomi Ellis, and Dr Gemma Hurst. The works aims to explore the benefits of green spaces on physical and mental functioning, with a focus on cognitive functioning.


2011 – 2014 MSc Clinical Psychology. University of Bologna. 1st
2008 – 2011 BSc Psychology. University of Bologna. 2:1

Professional Memberships and Activities

2015 Chartered Psychologist Qualification, Italy

Research Interests

My research areas cover mainly environmental psychology, cognitive functioning and health science.

More specifically, the first study intends to explore lifestyle, stress and memory in relation to the presence of green areas in the home neighbourhood, by using both physiological and psychological measures. The second project will examine which cognitive processes might benefit from a virtual exposure to natural spaces.


Claudia Lega
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Staffordshire University
Leek Road
ST4 2DF.
t: 01782 294000