Research Centre for Applied Psychology

Director: Dr Antigonos Sochos

The Research Centre for Applied Psychology conducts high quality research in a variety of psychological and interdisciplinary fields. In addition to advancing knowledge in these fields, our mission is to support the local, national, and international communities, particularly their most disadvantaged and vulnerable members.

We apply our expertise in developing innovative interventions for those in need and aim to expand our base of evidence. We approach concepts and methods critically and we aim to advance a psychological discipline that puts reflection, openness, and human welfare at its centre. We aim to develop a new generation of researchers and research-informed practitioners driven by healthy ambition and the desire to make a difference.

At the heart of our operation lies our staff. Organisations can only thrive if committed staff are valued and supported, so the culture of RCAP is one of collegiality, fairness, and quest for the common good. RCAP has over 30 members, including academics in permanent posts, contract researchers and lecturers, technical staff, and research students.

Our work falls under six main themes on which we have collaborated with many universities, governmental agencies, and third sector organisations in the UK and abroad. We have attracted significant funding from prestigious bodies such as the Big Lottery Fund, the British Academy, and the National Institute for Health Research.

Research events

Head of School Professor Ann Weatherall meets Professor Andrew Church, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at 'Made at Bedfordshire' research exhibition


The Undergraduate Conference

Our third-year students present their dissertations at our Undergraduate Conference, complete with poster sessions, stalls and guest speakers, all organised by the Junior Research Institute


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