Michèle Birtel Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Michèle Birtel Dipl.-Psych. Ph.D. FHEA CPsychol AFBPsS

Michèle Birtel

Dr Michèle Birtel
Dipl.-Psych. Ph.D. FHEA CPsychol AFBPsS

Lecturer in Social Psychology

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr Michèle Denise Birtel is a Lecturer in Social Psychology. Michèle obtained her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Kent (UK) and her Diploma in Psychology from the University of Mannheim (Germany). She has previously held positions at the Universities of Surrey, Manchester, Oxford, Aberdeen and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Michèle's research has a cross-disciplinary focus, integrating theories and methods from the sub-disciplines of social, cognitive, and clinical psychology. She aims to make an impact through experience in industry, and national and international collaborations with schools, charities, treatment centres, NHS, universities.
Research groups: She is a member of the Social Psychology Research Group, Applied Psychology Research Group and the Diversity Research Group at the University of Greenwich.
PhD students: Michèle is interested in supervising PhD students with a strong interest in her research areas.
Teaching: social psychology, intergroup relations, mental health, research methods and statistics.
Posts previously held
2014-17: University of Surrey, Lecturer in Social Psychology, and Equality and Diversity Consultant
2012-14: University of Manchester, Lecturer in Social Psychology
2012: University of Oxford, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Social Psychology
2008-11: University of Kent, Doctoral Researcher in Social Psychology and Associate Lecturer in Statistics

2016: University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor's International Scholar Award 2017 (unable to take)
2012: Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Dissertation Award finalist
2011: Associate Lecturer Award 2009/10, University of Kent
2004: Certificate for Best Intermediate Diploma, University of Mannheim
Michèle specialises in intergroup relations and health. In particular, she is interested in the relations between majority and minority groups (for example regarding ethnicity, mental health, sexual orientation), and the impact of intergroup conflict on health. 
For more detailed information, please visit Michèle's website:

Funded research projects

2016: Association of Commonwealth Universities Gender Programme Workshop Grant (PI), £1000 Career advancement and development of women 
2016: University of Surrey Faculty Research Support Fund (PI), £5400
Enhancing learners' performance.
2014: Erasmus, University of Surrey, €835
Travel grant to visit the University of Milano-Bicocca.
2014: Bayer (Co-I), £144,560
An exploration of patient opinions and psychological impact of 
different management strategies in the treatment of age-related 
macular degeneration (POPPIES). 
2013: University of Manchester Research Institute (PI), £13,000
Time to join forces: An interdisciplinary approach to fighting stigma. 
2013: Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, £2,000
Interdisciplinarity in attitude research. 
2013: University of Manchester School Research Fund, £420
Course: Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus. 
2011: Experimental Psychology Society Grindley Grant, £500
for Conference Attendance. 
2010: Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference Bursary, £100.
2016: Association of Commonwealth Universities Gender Programme Workshop Grant (PI), £1000
2008: PhD Studentship, University of Kent, £39,820.

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