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Dr Alyson Dodd

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

Alyson is an Associate Professor and Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychology.

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, and well-being in universities. She was on the leadership team for SMaRteN, a UKRI-funded mental health network focused on student mental health and well-being. Her key interests here are community well-being in universities, how to effectively measure well-being in this context, and improving support for both staff and students. Her work in this area has been funded by the British Academy, UKRI, and Office for Students (BRIGHTER). 

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 is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Alyson Dodd

Campus Address

Room 151
Northumberland Building


  • 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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • How can the university environment support student quality of life? A novel conceptual model, Dodd, A., Punton, G., McLaren, J., Sillence, E., Byrom, N. 17 May 2024, In: Education Sciences
  • How to Get Engagement Right in Mental Health Research: Lessons from the Higher Education Sector, Dodd, A., Ward, J., Armstrong, N., Priestley, M., Tyrrell, K., Cygan, S., Ortega Vega, M., Byrom, N. 1 Jan 2024
  • The Types of Psychosocial Factors Associated with Suicidality Outcomes for People Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Scoping Review, Dempsey, R., Dodd, A., Gooding, P., Jones, S. 24 Apr 2024, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Correlation between emotion dysregulation and mood symptoms of bipolar disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Oliva, V., De Prisco, M., Fico, G., Possidente, C., Fortea, L., Montejo, L., Anmella, G., Hidalgo-Mazzei, D., Grande, I., Murru, A., Fornaro, M., de Bartolomeis, A., Dodd, A., Fanelli, G., Fabbri, C., Serretti, A., Vieta, E., Radua, J. 1 Dec 2023, In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
  • Emotion Regulation Tool Design Principles for Arts and Design University Students, Zhu, Z., Qin, S., Yang, L., Dodd, A., Conti, M. 8 Jul 2023, In: Procedia CIRP
  • Examining the Interplay Between Sleep, Emotion Regulation, and Mania Risk, Murphy, V., Kim, H., Sandorffy, B., Dodd, A., Sperry, S. 21 Sep 2023, 36th Annual Meeting, Society for Research in Psychopathology 2023
  • The role of self-reported emotional regulation strategies in hoarding behaviours in a non-clinical adult sample, Bates, E., Dodd, A., Neave, N. 1 Dec 2023, In: Journal of Affective Disorders Reports
  • Understanding the relationships between emotion regulation strategies and Big Five personality traits for supporting effective emotion regulation tools/interventions design, Zhu, Z., Qin, S., Dodd, A., Conti, M. 2023, In: Advanced Design Research
  • Key Questions: Research Priorities for Student Mental Health, Sampson, K., Priestley, M., Dodd, A., Broglia, E., Wykes, T., Robotham, D., Tyrrell, K., Ortega Vega, M., Byrom, N. 10 May 2022, In: BJPsych Open
  • Measuring Wellbeing in the Student Population, Dodd, A., Byrom, N. 2022

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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