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Dr Alyson Dodd

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

Alyson is an Associate Professor. Her research investigates the links between emotion regulation and mental health.

Alyson’s research expertise is in the psychological mechanisms underlying mood dysregulation, particularly in mania risk and bipolar disorder. Her methodological expertise is quantitative research, particularly survey and questionnaire design, development and psychometric evaluation of measures (psychological mechanisms and outcomes), and randomised controlled trials of psychological interventions. She is particularly interested in the links between emotion regulation and mental health, and how this may be a transdiagnostic risk factor. Her research in this area has been funded by the National Institute of Health Research. 

Alyson is also interested in young peoples' mental health and well-being. She is on the leadership team for SMaRteN, a UKRI-funded mental health network focused on student mental health and well-being. She is Principal Investigator on a British Academy/Leverhulme funded project focused on understanding what quality of life means to students, and how we can measure this. Alyson is also a partner on the Office for Students Challenge Competition project BRinging Innovation to Graduate mental Health TogethER (BRIGHTER). 

Alyson is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Alyson supervises undergraduate and postgraduate project and research internship/placement students in the Department of Psychology, leads the psychopathology component of the undergraduate module Social, Developmental and Psychopathology (Level 5), and is Module Tutor for the Research Internship module (Level 6).

Alyson Dodd

Campus Address

Room 151
Northumberland Building

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Psychological mechanisms underpinning the development and maintenance of mania risk and bipolar disorder
  • Emotion regulation and psychopathology
  • Student mental health and wellbeing
  • Development/evaluation of process and outcome measures
  • Psychological interventions for emotion regulation and mood difficulties

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Are context-specific measures of positive emotion regulation more predictive of mania risk and mood symptoms than trait measures?, McGrogan, C., Dodd, A., Smith, M. 1 Sep 2021, In: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • Mental Well-Being in UK Higher Education During Covid-19: Do Students Trust Universities and the Government?, Defeyter, M., Stretesky, P., Long, M., Furey, S., Reynolds, C., Porteous, D., Dodd, A., Mann, E., Kemp, A., Fox, J., McAnallen, A., Concalves, L. 26 Apr 2021, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Mood monitoring in bipolar disorder: Is it always helpful?, Palmier‐Claus, J., Lobban, F., Mansell, W., Jones, S., Tyler, E., Lodge, C., Bowe, S., Dodd, A., Wright, K. 1 Jun 2021, In: Bipolar Disorders
  • Self-Regulatory Goal Motivational Processes in Sustained New Year Resolution Pursuit and Mental Wellbeing, Dickson, J., Moberly, N., Preece, D., Dodd, A., Huntley, C. 17 Mar 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Student mental health research: moving forwards with clear definitions, Dodd, A. 4 May 2021, In: Journal of Mental Health
  • University student well-being in the United Kingdom: a scoping review of its conceptualisation and measurement, Dodd, A., Priestley, M., Tyrrell, K., Cygan, S., Newell, C., Byrom, N. 4 May 2021, In: Journal of Mental Health
  • Barriers to older adults’ uptake of mobile-based mental health interventions, Pywell, J., Vijaykumar, S., Dodd, A., Coventry, L. Jan 2020, In: Digital Health
  • Beliefs about the automaticity of positive mood regulation: examination of the BAMR-Positive Emotion Downregulation Scale in relation to emotion regulation strategies and mood symptoms, Dodd, A., Gilbert, K., Gruber, J. 17 Feb 2020, In: Cognition and Emotion
  • The role of tenacious versus flexible goal pursuit in the vulnerability to bipolar disorder, Dempsey, R., Eardley, K., Dodd, A. 28 Apr 2020, In: Current Psychology
  • Understanding bipolar disorder within a biopsychosocial emotion dysregulation framework, Koenders, M., Dodd, A., Karl, A., Green, M., Elzinga, B., Wright, K. 15 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Affective Disorders Reports

Professional Activity

PGR Supervision

Claire McGrogan Emotion regulation in context: Moderators of responses to positive affect, mania risk, and mood symptoms. Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 28/09/2021


  • Psychology PhD September 01 2009
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

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