Staff Profile


Dr Ana Fernandez

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923914

Profile summary

My background is in cognitive psychology and its interaction with emotion. I gained a BSc and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Kent.

I started working at Christ Church University in 2007 and I am currently the Postgraduate Lead in Psychology. 

Research and knowledge exchange

Research Interests

Sustainability: I have a strong interest in all aspects of sustainability including attitudes and engagement; responses to environmental policies; discourses surrounding the environmental debate; (moral) reasoning and justifications in relation to pro-environmental behaviours. I'm also interested in the relationship between sustainbility and health, as well as wider ranging aspects, such as community psychology.

Cognition and Emotion: Particularly attentional biases in adults and children and their relation to wellbeing.

I would welcome PhD applications in any of these areas.

Current projects

Carnivores & Biodiversity: Attitudes to the reintroduction of native carnivores and the role of wildlife parks in increasing awareness of their impact on biodiversity. With Dr Adriana Consorte-McCrea and Dr Alan Bainbridge. Partners: Wildwood Wild Animal Park & Howletts Animal Park.

Dog Adoption & Ownership: Investigating the reasons leading to giving up dogs for adoption and prevention strategies. With Dr Anke Franz. Partners: Redwood Rescue and Rehome.

The 'Talk About Thoughts and Feelings' Project: Investigating the relationship between mother-child interactions involving talking about emotions, theory of mind, attentional bias and cognitive development. With Dr Amanda Carr. Partners: Bechange.

The Discourses of Climate Change: Focusing on the use of metaphors and other rhetorical devices to describe / defend / criticise camps and claims surrounding climate change and environmental policy in the media and online community. With Dr Ruth Woods and Dr Sharon Coen.

PhD supervision: Chloe Griggs, who is investigating sustainability in the NHS. Ahmed Ismail, who is investigating the role of arousal vulnerability in psychosis.

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Teaching and subject expertise

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Undergraduate teaching

Key Skills in Psychology (year 1)

Key Skills in Psychology 2 (year 2)

Psychology Research Project (year 3)

Key Skills in Psychology 3 (year 3)

Psychology of Sustainabitlity (year 3; convenor)

Slaves to Emotion (year 3; convenor)


Postgraduate (taught)

Programme Director of our MSc Psychology (conversion course). Now recruiting towards our new 2018-19 cohort - closing date for applications: 31st May 2018. I also convene Cognitive & Biological Psychology, Research Methods 2, I teach on Society & Environment, and supervise projects.

Postgraduate (by research)

Project Supervisor on the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences MSc by Research in Psychology. 

External activities

Nigbur, D., Coen, S., Fernández, A., Franz, A. and Hocking, I. (2012). The theory of planned behaviour, self-identity, and moral disengagement: what predicts
sustainability at work?
 Paper presented at the  British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section conference, University of St Andrews, 21st-23rd August 2012.

Woods, R., Coen, S. & Fernández, A. (2009). An analysis of the British public's concerns regarding climate change legislation. Virtual paper presented at the International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune, India, 9th – 11th January 2009.

Fernández, A. & Sharma, D. (2006). Disengagement effects reconsidered: Linguistic stimuli produce more emotional interference in the right visual field. Poster presented at the XXIII Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society, Cognitive Psychology Section, Lancaster University, 6th – 8th September 2006.

Publications and research outputs

Woods, R., Coen, S. & Fernandez, A. (under review). Moral (dis)engagement with anthropogenic climate change in online comments on British newspaper articles. Manuscript submitted to the Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.

Consorte-McCrea, A., Bainbridge, A., Fernandez, A., Nigbur, D. & McDonnell, S. The role of zoos in attitudes towards biodiversity and the reintroduction of native wild carnivores to the UK: results from a pilot study. Paper presented at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology, August 2-6 2015, Montpellier - France. 

Woods, R., Fernandez, A. & Coen, S. (2012). The use of religious metaphors by UK newspapers to describe and denigrate climate change. Public Understanding of Science,21(3), 323-339.

Noor, M., Brown, R., Taggart, L., Fernandez, A. & Coen, S. (2010). Intergroup identity perceptions and their implications for intergroup forgiveness: The Common Ingroup Identity Model and its efficacy in the field. Irish Journal of Psychology, 31, 151-170.

Woods, R., Coen, S. & Fernandez, A. (2009). An analysis of the British public's concerns regarding climate change legislation. International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 1(3), 75-92.


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