Treatment for firesetters is effective, research shows

Research from psychologists shows that male firesetting prisoners can be effectively treated with a pioneering treatment.

In a two-year study involving prisoners at Swaleside and Elmley prisons, researchers from the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) in the School of Psychology found overwhelming evidence that their treatment involving cognitive behavioural therapy was effective.

There had previously been no interventions available to treat men who deliberately set fires. The research on the evaluation of the treatment is published in the journal Behaviour, Research and Therapy.

For more details, please see the full press release.

Faculty of Social Sciences Research Fund awards

Congratulations to the following staff, who have received Faculty of Social Sciences Research Fund awards.

Dr Ayse Uskul has been awarded £2,825 – title of the application was “Data collection to revise a manuscript for the top journal in social psychology”.

Dr Kristof Dhont has been awarded £4,427 for a project entitled “Identifying the psychological and situational factors driving support for right-wing radicalism: The role of social attitudes and intergroup contact”.

Dr Robbie Sutton and Ellie Lee (SSPSSR) have been awarded £4,977 for a project entitled “Drinking during pregnancy: Investigating slippages between scientific data and their interpretation, communication, and impact”.


Student Prize for Feminist Scholarship 2015

Congratulations to Psychology student Lois Donnelly on winning the Undergraduate Essay Competition for her submission on the title ‘”I am a woman, not a traffic jam”: The effect of street harassment, self-objectification and safety anxiety on perceived risk of rape’.

For the full list of winners, information about the competition and to find out about the Radical Women: 50 Years of Feminism at Kent project, please go to:

How wealthy neighbours make you think everyone is rich

Wealthy people may be likely to oppose redistribution of wealth because they have biased information about how wealthy most people actually are.

That’s according to new research from Kent psychologists Rael Dawtry and Professor Robbie Sutton and also Dr Chris Sibley of the University of Auckland.

Their findings, published in Psychological Science, a flagship journal of the Association for Psychological Science , indicate that people use their own neighbours as a gauge of how much wealth other people possess.

As a result, the rich and poor do not simply have different attitudes about how wealth should be distributed across society. Rather, they subjectively experience living in different societies.

For more details, see the full press release.

‘Unexpected Leadership’ Conference, Sheffield University, 15-17 July

Unexpected Leadership: How Marginal Individuals and Groups Lead Social Transformation is the theme of a European Association of Social Psychology small conference taking place at Sheffield University this week with approximately 20 delegates and speakers from around the world. Co-funders include the University of Kent and the meeting is co-hosted by Dr Georgina Randsley de Moura. Other participants from the School of Psychology include Professor Dominic Abrams, Dr Carola Leicht, Dr Giovanni Travaglino, Abigail Player and Fatima Tresh.

For further information see the conference website.

Multigenerational living

Congratulations to Dr Hannah Swift, who is a Co-I on a project with Marialena Nikolopoulou (PI), Giridharan Renganathan (Co-I), Keith Bothwell (Co-I) and Richard Watkins (Co-I) from the School of Architecture. The funder is Kent County Council/Thanet District Council and the amount coming to Psychology is £1,222. The title of the project is “Re-Development of 12a Dalby Square” and Hannah will be working with KSA to ensure the redevelopment of the property in Dalby square is suitable for multigenerational living.