Darel Cookson

Job Title and Responsibilities

PhD Student.

I also teach on BSc Psychology.

About Me

I graduated from Bangor University in 2014, with a First Class BSc (Hons) Psychology. After graduating, I worked for a short time in market research in the field of pharmaceuticals before moving back to academic research. In January 2016, I began working as a Research Assistant at Wrexham Glyndwr University in the School of Social and Life Sciences. The projects I worked on included exploring transition from the Armed Forces back to civilian life and using concept mapping to explore professional decision-making about alternatives to attending emergency departments.

Currently I am a PhD student at Staffordshire University, under the supervision of Dr Daniel Jolley, Dr Robert Dempsey and Dr Rachel Povey, investigating belief in conspiracy theories and subsequently developing an intervention to combat the negative behaviours associated with conspiracy theory belief.


First class BSc (Hons) Psychology, Bangor University, 2014

Research Interests

My research interests include social psychology and forensic psychology, with a particular interest in conspiracy theory belief; why people believe in conspiracy theories and how this can lead to negative social behaviours.

Current Teaching

Foundations of Psychology


Darel Cookson
PhD Student - Department of Psychology
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
Brindley building
Leek Road
t: 01782 294589
e: Darel.Cookson@research.staffs.ac.uk