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

Consorte-McCrea, A., Fernández, A. & Bainbridge, A., (Chairs). Large Carnivores and Zoos as Catalysts for Biodiversity Conservation: How do we engage the public in the protection of biodiversity? Symposium at the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology, 12th - 15th of June 2018, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Consorte-McCrea, A., Bainbridge, A., Fernández, A., & Nigbur, D. (2018). Attitudes to carnivore reintroductions in the UK and the role of zoos. Paper presented at the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology, 12th - 15th of June 2018, Jyväskylä, Finland.

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. (2018). Moral (dis)engagement with anthropogenic climate change in online comments on British newspaper articles. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 28, 244-257.

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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