Research centres

The School of Psychology have a number of research centres that run focused research and teaching.

Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH)

The Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) is led by Professor Linda Clare. The aim of REACH is to improve the lives of older people and people with dementia through research. REACH research themes are: maintaining cognitive health in later life, living well with cognitive impairment and dementia, and supporting family care.

Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB)

Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB) A new animal behaviour centre under the leadership of Professor Darren Croft. CRAB is now uniquely placed as one of the few international groups with a critical mass of research strength in behavioural ecology, sensory ecology, signalling and communication and animal cognition. CRAB explores the causes, functions and evolution of animal behaviour and how it adapts each species to its natural environment.

The Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research (CCNR)

The Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research (CCNR) is co-directed by Professor Huw Williams and Dr Phil Yates. The CCNR aims to enhance the understanding, and treatment, of neurological conditions across the lifespan. To achieve these aims, the CCNR contributes to research, clinical practice, and training in neuropsychology.

Centre for Cognitive Control and Associative Learning (CCAL)

The Centre for Cognitive Control and Associative Learning brings together researchers with an expertise in executive control and associative learning. Our major research agenda is to demonstrate how both executive processes and associative learning jointly contribute to cognitive control in ever-changing environments.

IPSIS - Identity and the Psychology of Self in Society

IPSIS is home for research and training in the study of self and identity and is a world-leading centre that currently includes over a dozen staff from the School of Psychology and other areas. 

The Mood Disorders Centre

The Mood Disorders Centre is a partnership between the University of Exeter and NHS. It undertakes research, offers clinical services and provides training with the aim of helping people who suffer from depression and related disorders. Dr Anke Karl is the centre’s strategic group lead.

Study of Maladaptive to Adaptive Repetitive Thought (SMART) Lab

SMART Lab (Study of Maladaptive to Adaptive Repetitive Thought), led by Professor Ed Watkins, is focused on the understanding of the mechanisms of worry and rumination, identified as mechanisms common across multiple disorders, the translation of this understanding into better interventions to treat and prevent disorders characterized by repetitive negative thought such as depression and anxiety, and the increased access and dissemination of these interventions.

Psychopharmacology and Addiction Research Centre (PARC)

The Psychopharmacology and Addiction Research Centre, led by Professor Celia Morgan, is a collaboration of researchers interested in impulsive behaviour and drug and alcohol use. It conducts a broad range of clinical, transalational and basic research into the causes of, consequences for and treatment of addiction and related impulsve disorders.