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Overview

The Applied Psychology and Well-being Research Group aims at investigating the individual and social factors that promote people’s physical and psychological well-being throughout the lifespan.

To study the multiple factors involved in individuals’ well-being, we use a variety of methods such as laboratory experiments (e.g., the effect of facial distractors on speed of cognitive processing) and longitudinal designs (e.g., the developmental trajectories of self-esteem).

In line with an applied focus, our members have active research collaborations with local and international community partners (e.g., schools, hospitals, etc.) to help them build safe, healthy, and socially inclusive environments in which individuals’ well-being can prosper and grow.

Currently, the core of the research group consists of five researchers who investigate well-being in relation to work-related stress management and health (Prof. Rosanna Cousins), well-being and quality of life enhancement in clinical groups, vulnerable groups and the wider public (Dr. Jane McCagh), personality in relation to forensic and evolutionary psychology (Dr. Sue Aitken), personality traits and self-efficacy beliefs (Drs. Sue Aitken, Julienne McGeough, Antonio Zuffiano), social behaviours and emotional development (Dr. Antonio Zuffiano). 

If you are interested in getting involved in our research projects as student or research partner, we encourage you to contact Dr. Antonio Zuffiano (zuffiaa at hope.ac.uk).  

Collaborators

Faculty Members

Dr. Sue Aitken (permanent member)

Prof. Rosanna Cousins (permanent member)

Dr. Jane McCagh (permanent member)

Dr. Julienne McGeough (permanent member)

Dr. Antonio Zuffiano (group leader)

 

External Collaborators

Dr. Guido Alessandri (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Dr. Gian Vittorio Caprara (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Dr. Maria Gerbino (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Dr. Tina Malti (University of Toronto, Canada)

Dr. Paula Luengo Kanacri (Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile)

Dr. Concetta Pastorelli (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Dr. Nancy Eisenberg (Arizona State University, USA)

Publications

Alessandri, G., Zuffianò, A., Vecchione, M., D., Donnellan, B., Tisak, J. (2016). Evaluating the Temporal Structure and Correlates of daily self-esteem using a trait-state-error framework (TSE). Self & Identity. doi: 10.1080/15298868.2015.1137223

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2016). Daily deviations in anger, guilt, and sympathy: A developmental diary study of children's aggression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0143-y

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., Bae, N.Y., & Malti, T. (2014). Inhibitory control and moral emotions: Relations to reparation in early and middle childhood. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175, 511-527. doi:10.1080/00221325.2014.976535

Zuffianò, A., Alessandri, G., Gerbino, M., Luengo Kanacri, B.P., Di Giunta, L., Milioni, M., & Caprara, G.V. (2013). Academic achievement: The unique contribution of self-efficacy beliefs in self-regulated learning beyond intelligence, personality traits, and self-esteem. Learning and Individual Differences, 23, 158-162. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2012.07.010

Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., Peplak, J. & Malti T. (2015). Sharing without caring? Respect for moral others compensates for low sympathy in children's sharing. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33, 252-258. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12084

News

Dr. Jane McCagh was interviewed on BBC Breakfast on 18th May 20016 about improving and accelerating the adoption process in the UK. 

The interview related to one of the (21) topics to be addressed by the Queen in her speech at parliament.

Jane is active in delivering talks, participates in recruitment events and media campaigns in relation to adoption in the North West.

 

Overview

The Applied Psychology and Well-being Research Group aims at investigating the individual and social factors that promote people’s physical and psychological well-being throughout the lifespan.

To study the multiple factors involved in individuals’ well-being, we use a variety of methods such as laboratory experiments (e.g., the effect of facial distractors on speed of cognitive processing) and longitudinal designs (e.g., the developmental trajectories of self-esteem).

In line with an applied focus, our members have active research collaborations with local and international community partners (e.g., schools, hospitals, etc.) to help them build safe, healthy, and socially inclusive environments in which individuals’ well-being can prosper and grow.

Currently, the core of the research group consists of five researchers who investigate well-being in relation to work-related stress management and health (Prof. Rosanna Cousins), well-being and quality of life enhancement in clinical groups, vulnerable groups and the wider public (Dr. Jane McCagh), personality in relation to forensic and evolutionary psychology (Dr. Sue Aitken), personality traits and self-efficacy beliefs (Drs. Sue Aitken, Julienne McGeough, Antonio Zuffiano), social behaviours and emotional development (Dr. Antonio Zuffiano). 

If you are interested in getting involved in our research projects as student or research partner, we encourage you to contact Dr. Antonio Zuffiano (zuffiaa at hope.ac.uk).  

Collaborators

Faculty Members

Dr. Sue Aitken (permanent member)

Prof. Rosanna Cousins (permanent member)

Dr. Jane McCagh (permanent member)

Dr. Julienne McGeough (permanent member)

Dr. Antonio Zuffiano (group leader)

 

External Collaborators

Dr. Guido Alessandri (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Dr. Gian Vittorio Caprara (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Dr. Maria Gerbino (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Dr. Tina Malti (University of Toronto, Canada)

Dr. Paula Luengo Kanacri (Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile)

Dr. Concetta Pastorelli (Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)

Dr. Nancy Eisenberg (Arizona State University, USA)

Publications

Alessandri, G., Zuffianò, A., Vecchione, M., D., Donnellan, B., Tisak, J. (2016). Evaluating the Temporal Structure and Correlates of daily self-esteem using a trait-state-error framework (TSE). Self & Identity. doi: 10.1080/15298868.2015.1137223

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2016). Daily deviations in anger, guilt, and sympathy: A developmental diary study of children's aggression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0143-y

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., Bae, N.Y., & Malti, T. (2014). Inhibitory control and moral emotions: Relations to reparation in early and middle childhood. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175, 511-527. doi:10.1080/00221325.2014.976535

Zuffianò, A., Alessandri, G., Gerbino, M., Luengo Kanacri, B.P., Di Giunta, L., Milioni, M., & Caprara, G.V. (2013). Academic achievement: The unique contribution of self-efficacy beliefs in self-regulated learning beyond intelligence, personality traits, and self-esteem. Learning and Individual Differences, 23, 158-162. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2012.07.010

Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., Peplak, J. & Malti T. (2015). Sharing without caring? Respect for moral others compensates for low sympathy in children's sharing. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33, 252-258. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12084

News

Dr. Jane McCagh was interviewed on BBC Breakfast on 18th May 20016 about improving and accelerating the adoption process in the UK. 

The interview related to one of the (21) topics to be addressed by the Queen in her speech at parliament.

Jane is active in delivering talks, participates in recruitment events and media campaigns in relation to adoption in the North West.