Dr Lydia Kearney
Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
Senior Tutor and Chair of Disciplinary Committee
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.