Environmental Psychology

The earliest work in environmental psychology in the Department reflected Terence Lee’s interests in urban planning.   This came about through the research he undertook for his PhD at Cambridge on the concept of neighbourhood following his supervisor, Sir Frederick Bartlett’s interest in schemata. Terence could see from the outset the potential application of psychology […]


Investigative and Forensic Psychology

In 1986 David Canter was asked to assist a major police investigation into a number of rapes and murders around London. One had been the horrific killing of a 15-year-old Dutch girl, Maartje Tamboezer. She had been found raped and murdered in Surrey woodland close to the railway in West Horsley in April 1986. The Surrey Police […]


Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology is another branch of psychology that has been an active area of research in the Department since the earliest days.   Harry McGurk was the first developmental psychologist to be appointed, joining the Department in 1979.  Harry’s background was more unconventional than many who have come into the Department.  After training at the […]


Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology

Jill Wilkinson, together with Elizabeth Campbell, was a major mover in the development of the Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at Surrey. Jill was one of the founder members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Counselling Psychology and both Jill and Elizabeth sat on the Board of Examiners responsible for developing the […]


Social Psychology

Glynis Breakwell, who had been a Prize Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, was another of Terence Lee’s appointments and arrived in 1981 as a Lecturer in Social Psychology. By 1990 Glynis had become Head of the Department and gained her chair in 1991.  During her time as Head of Department, the student numbers in psychology […]


Health Psychology

The MSc in Health Psychology has its origins in the third Masters course established in the Department, the MSc in Medical Psychology which was initially set up by Lionel Hayward. The early interest in health psychology was not surprising given the strong clinical presence in the Department, research in both social and environmental psychology which […]


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