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.
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” and an ESRC-grant on creating desire for plant-baesd foods. 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. 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.ac.uk.
Maria Almudena Claassen, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Almudena studied Psychology at the Utrecht University in The Netherlands, and obtained her MSc in Social and Health Psychology in 2014. She then proceeded to do a PhD at the University libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, where she examined the influence of perceived socioeconomic status on impulsivity and eating behaviors. She completed her PhD in 2019 and joined the Healthy Cognition Lab in April 2020. She now works on an ESRC grant examining the role of consumption and reward simulations in the motivation for sugary drinks and water.
If you have any questions for Almudena, you can contact her at mariaalmudena.claassen-at-glasgow.ac.uk, or find more information about her work here.
Stephanie Farrar, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Stephanie graduated from the University of Stirling with a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology in 2011 and 2012 respectively. She recently completed her PhD at City, University of London (2020) which examined the effect of priming and mindfulness on food choice and decision making. She is now working in collaboration with the Better Buying Lab on an ESRC-funded project examining how consumption and reward simulations can be used to increase desire for plant-based foods.
Betül Tatar, PhD Student
Betül 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 (b.tatar.1 – at – research.gla.ac.uk).
Tess Davis, PhD Student
Tess 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.gla.ac.uk.
Amy Rodger, PhD Student
Amy completed both her BSc in Psychology (2019) and her MSc in Research Methods of Psychological Science (2020) at the University of Glasgow. Her undergraduate dissertation studied the impact of eustress on wellbeing. Her MSc was funded as part of her ESRC-funded PhD, in collaboration with Danone, France. The focus of this research is to better understand the motivational processes that drive daily water drinking behaviour and use these insights to inform water intake interventions.
If you have any questions for Amy you can contact her via email 2125525R@student.gla.ac.uk
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 previously worked as an intern in our lab, assisting our research on water consumption. In October 2020, and she started her PhD in our lab on a fully funded scholarship from the College of Science and Engineering, examining the psychological processes involved in the transition to plant-based diets.
Aleksandra Wruk, PhD student
Aleks graduated from BSc in Interactive Media Design at Edinburgh Napier University and her undergraduate research explored the role of motivation and trust in the use of blended (online/offline) systems. Following her graduation, she worked in Tech industry as an experience researcher. Currently, Aleks is working towards her PHD funded by UKRI council that is collaboration between Social AI CDT and Healthy cognition lab. Her research is focused on understanding how belief and expectation, in the context of placebo effect, can be used to improve the efficacy of mobile apps for mental health.
Elodie Gauthier, Research Technician
Elodie completed her MSc Psychological Science Conversion Program within the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow (2021), her dissertation focussing on psycholinguistics and decision-making. She is currently working as a research assistant in the Healthy Cognition Lab on a project funded by a Varela Grant of the European Mind and Life Institute to Betul. This work examines the experiences of non-meditators learning to bring a mindfulness-based decentering perspective to daily-life food and beverage encounters, using a qualitative longitudinal design.
Elodie is also a senior clinician in Physiotherapy (BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University, 2015). Her interests in academia cover various topics linking research and clinical work, including – but not limited to – neuroscience (e.g. decision-making), equality and diversity in health and research, health behaviour, public health and psycholinguistics. When she is not delving into neuroscience and psychology-related topics, you can find Elodie teaching Yin yoga, Pilates, mindfulness and meditation classes. If you are interested in collaborating on a project with her or have any questions, contact her at Elodie.Gauthier@glasgow.ac.uk !
Yi Sun, MSc Dissertation Student
Li Tan, MSc Dissertation Student
Sophie Duncan, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student
Lara Silberhorn, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student
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If you are interested in doing a PhD on the psychology of health behaviour in our lab, please get in touch!
Xiaoting Ma, MSc Dissertation Student
Marleen Lomann, MSc Dissertation Student
Karis Caton, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student
Libby Harkins, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student
Rebeka Pazmanyova, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student
Alberto Romano, Psychology Honours Dissertation Project Student
Dorottya Rusz, PhD, postdoctoral research assistant
Niklas Johannes, PhD, Radboud University – postgraduate research visitor and postdoctoral research assistant
Fridtjof Petersen, visiting undergraduate Psychology student from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands
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, Wellcome Biomedical Vacation Scholarship
Kasia Mojescik, summer intern, Glasgow Science Centre Scholarship
Iris Versluis, MSc, PhD student