School of Psychology

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Dr Lydia Kearney

Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

Senior Tutor and Chair of Disciplinary Committee
Placement Degrees Co-ordinator

Dr Lydia Kearney



My main areas of interest are social anxiety and the experience of mental imagery. Particularly, the ways in which anxious self-imagery reflects cognitive biases in attention and interpretation. My research has also included the links between imagery and rumination, and between imagery and emotion. I am also interested in investigating cognitive and behavioural precursors of depression and anxiety.

I have utilised mixed qualitative and quantitative methods, and am keen to expand in the application of these methods to understand dyadic and small-group interaction processes. As a part of this, I am interested in ways of evaluating qualitative research, and integrating this with experimental data to provide a detailed overall picture of a person's experience.

Social anxiety; clinical psychology; mental imagery; attentional focus and bias; mixed methods.


School of Psychology - Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP

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Last Updated: 03/10/2018