Esther K. Papies, PhD, lab director

Esther studied Social Sciences at University College Utrecht, The Netherlands, where she received a Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in 2002.  She completed her MSc in Social Psychology in 2003, and received her PhD in 2008 at Utrecht University, working with Prof. Wolfgang Stroebe and Prof. Henk Aarts.  She received the Best Dissertation Award of the Dutch Association of Social Psychological Researchers, the Early Career Award (Jaspars Award) of the European Association for Social Psychology, and a VENI-grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.  Her research has been published in, for example, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Appetite, and the International Journal of Obesity.

Esther worked as an Assistant and then as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Utrecht University, before joining the University of Glasgow as a Senior Lecturer in September 2015.  Esther’s work is currently funded by an ESRC-grant on “The Psychology of Sugary Drinks”.  She serves on the editorial boards of Social Cognition, Appetite, and Social Psychology, and is Associate Editor at the European Journal of Social Psychology. 

Contact Esther at Esther.Papies -at – glasgow dot ac dot uk.

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Dorottya Rusz, MSc, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

DDorottyaorottya joined the Healthy Cognition Lab in February 2019. She is currently conducting research on the motivation for consuming sugary drinks and on how to stimulate healthier beverage choices (funded by our ESRC grant “The psychology of sugary drinks”). Previously, Dorottya did her PhD at Radboud University (The Netherlands). Her thesis examined how goal-irrelevant rewards affect cognitive control processes.

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If you have questions, contact Dorottya via email (dorottya.rusz-at-glasgow dot ac dot uk).


Niklas Johannes, MSc, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

NikNiklaslas studied Media and Communication in Mannheim, Germany, completing his BA in 2013.  Afterwards, he obtained an MSc by completing the Research Master Program in Communication Science from the University of Amsterdam in 2015.  Niklas did his PhD research in Behavioural Science at the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, where he studied effects of mobile technology on performance and well-being. He joined the Healthy Cognition Lab in October 2019 and is now working with Esther Papies on grounded cognitive processes in the regulation of eating and drinking behaviour.

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You can contact Niklas at niklas.johannes-at-glasgow-dot-ac-dot-uk.

Betül Tatar, MSc, PhD Student

Betul_may2019Betül holds a BSc in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan (2015) and recently graduated with Distinction from the University of Glasgow MSc Psychological Science Conversion Program (2018).  In her PhD, Betül is studing self-regulation techniques in health behaviour, including mindfulness.

If you have questions, contact Betül via email ( – at – research dot gla dot ac dot uk).

Tess Davis, MSc, PhD Student

45118395_2220477721502905_3209103244634619904_nTess completed her Bachelors MA in Philosophy and Psychology in 2017, and more recently her MSc in Social Psychology in 2019, at the University of Edinburgh. Both her undergraduate dissertation and masters thesis explored the link between meat-eating and masculinity. For her ESRC-funded PhD in collaboration with the Better Buying Lab at the World Resources Institute, Tess is studying how language can be used to encourage sustainable eating choices.

If you have questions, contact Tess via email t.davis.3 – at – research dot gla dot ac dot uk.

Amy Rodger, BSc, MSc / PhD Student

LMK33Amy recently graduated with her BSc Psychology in 2018 from the University of Glasgow.  She is currently working on her MSc in Research Methods in Psychological Science within the Healthy Cognition Lab, before transitioning into her PhD.  Her ESRC-funded research is focused on using goal priming to promote water consumption, and is a collaboration with Danone, France.



Student members

Millie Dias, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Hanna Glandorf, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Gintare Semyte, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Julie McLeod, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student


LaLara_Wehbera Wehbe, BSc, MSc

Lara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at the American University of Beirut (2005) and has extensive teaching experience. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Psychological Science Conversion Program with Distinction at the University of Glasgow (2019). Her research tackled the aspects of implicit bias in gender inequality from a social-cognitive perspective.  She is currently assisting our research on water consumption.


Fridtjof Petersen, visiting undergraduate Psychology student from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands


If you are interested in doing a PhD on the psychology of health behaviour in our lab, please get in touch!


Lab alumni

Niklas Johannes, MSc, Radboud University – postgraduate research visitor (Feb. 2019 onwards)

Teya Daneva, Carnegie Vacation Scholar, UofG Neuroscience

Gintare Semyte, Carnegie Vacation Scholar, UofG Psychology

Madeleine Stork, MSc dissertation student

Natalia Ciranova, MSc dissertation student

Xiaojing Li, MSc dissertation student

Holly Miller, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Lina-Lotta Kauhanen, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Pavla Baarova, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Maisy Best, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Assistant (now Senior Researcher in the Equality and Poverty Analysis Unit of the Scottish Government)

Anna Tavoulari, MSc Dissertation Student

Lucy Grant, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Katerina Manoli, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Christopher Henshaw, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student

Johanna Werner, BSc, visiting researcher from Dresden University, Germany

Mike Keesman, PhD student

Katharina Lindner, PhD student

Caroline Jordan, lab intern

Ani Lazarova, summer intern

Kasia Mojescik, summer intern

Iris Versluis, MSc, PhD student