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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, 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. She was 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 was a partner on the Office for Students Challenge Competition project BRinging Innovation to Graduate mental Health TogethER (BRIGHTER). 

Alyson is Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity in the Department of Psychology.

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 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
  • 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
  • The role of tenacious versus flexible goal pursuit in the vulnerability to bipolar disorder, Dempsey, R., Eardley, K., Dodd, A. 1 Apr 2022, In: Current Psychology
  • What factors influence the relationship between emotion regulation strategies and the bipolar spectrum?, Dodd, A., Harrop, A. 1 Jul 2022, In: Bipolar Disorders

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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