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PhD Student Rose Lea

PhD Student

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: +44 (0) 1905 54 2328

MSc Psychology, 2016, University of Worcester
BSc (Hons) Biology (with a Year in Industry), 2014, University of York

Academic Profile:

Rose is a full-time PhD student in the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester.

Rose’s main research interest concerns how emotions influence our behaviour and psychological wellbeing. Her PhD research aims to explore the role of emotional intelligence in attentional processing of emotion in adolescents. She is conducting quantitative studies using eye-tracking technology to test whether adolescents’ emotional intelligence predicts what visual material they pay attention to in stressful and non-stressful situations.

Her supervisors are Dr. Sarah Davis and Dr. Bere Mahoney from the University of Worcester, and Dr. Pamela Qualter from the University of Central Lancashire.


Prior to commencing her PhD, Rose has worked as a Research Assistant conducting a systematic literature review concerning the neuropsychological correlates of emotional intelligence. In a similar vein, her MSc dissertation research empirically examined the contribution of emotional intelligence and mood to the detection of high-stakes deception. As part of her undergraduate biology degree, Rose undertook a one-year research placement at Lilly UK in the Psychiatric Disorders team, which initially sparked her interest in mental health.