Portrait of Jacinta Babaian

Jacinta Babaian

Postgraduate Researcher
Associate Lecturer


Jacinta holds a Master’s degree in Social and Applied Psychology, and is interested in the social aspects of psychology such as stereotypes and intergroup relations. Her postgraduate research project focused on Terrorism and Prejudice, and how concepts such as the Black Sheep Effect, National Identification and Threat Salience impact on prejudice and desire for punishment

Research interests

  • Social interaction and isolation
  • Well-being and quality of life
  • Intergroup relations
  • Stereotypes
  • Prejudice

Jacinta is currently working on a three year research project evaluating the Living Through Landscapes project (see www.dementiagarden.org.uk), led by the charity Learning Through Landscapes and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. 

The Living Through Landscapes Project will make changes to the outdoor settings in 30 care homes across the UK to improve the Quality of Life for people living with dementia. This project involves collaborations between the School of Psychology and the Personal and Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), as well as Age UK Medway, Groundwork, and Thrive.


  • Stage 1 Psychology Study Skills


  • Dr Hannah Swift (1st supervisor) 
  • Dr Anna Brown (Co-2nd supervisor)
  • Ann-Marie Towers, Personal Social Services Research Unit (Co-2nd supervisor) 



Departmental Studentship (impact-conditional)

Grants and awards


Other academic activities

  • (June 2016- present) Research Assistant to Dr Hannah Swift (School of Psychology) on the Living through Landscapes Dementia Garden Project 
  • (May 2018- Sept 2018) Research Assistant to Professor Julie Beadle-Brown (Tizard Centre) on the Exploring Carers’ Experiences of Managing Personal Budgets for People with Complex Needs Project  
  • (April 2017- April 2018) Research Assistant to Ann-Marie Towers (PSSRU) on the Measuring Outcomes of Care Homes (MOOCH) Project
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