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Dr Ron Roberts

Honarary Lecturer


I am Honorary Lecturer in Psychology at Kingston University, a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He studied at the universities of Sheffield, London and Leicester, and has held previous posts at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of Westminster, King's College Medical School, University College London, St Bartholomew's Medical School, Queen Mary College and the Tavistock Institute. He is the author of 60 refereed papers articles as well as eight books, including Just War: Psychology & Terrorism (2007), Reel to Real: Psychiatry at the Cinema (2011), The New Politics of Experience and The Bitter Herbs (2014) (all with PCCS) and Psychology and Capitalism (2015), and The Off-Modern: Psychology estranged (2017) (Both with Zero Books).   I am currently a member of the Psychologists against Austerity group and during the 1980s-1990s wrote for and edited Science for People magazine in the UK. I have been a frequent media commentator on both national and international media on student sex work (BBC1, Channel 4, BBC World Service, BBC local radio, FDZ (Germany), Rai Uno (Italy).  

Areas of specialism

  • Health Psychology
  • Social Memory
  • Politics of Mental Health
  • Research Methods
  • Student Sex Work
  • Psychology and the Off-Modern


  • B.Sc (Hons)
  • M.Sc(dist)
  • Ph.D
  • Cert Tesol.

Professional membership

Associate Fellow British Psychological Society.


I conduct research in social memory, student mental health, student sex work and political psychology,

Recent publications include:


Itten, T. & Roberts, R. (2014) The new politics of experience & The bitter herbs. Monmouth. PCCS Books.

Roberts, R. (2015) Psychology & Capitalism. Winchester. Zero Books.

Roberts, T & Itten, T. (2015) Nova Politika Doživ Ljaja. Publikacija Neke Organizajica Sarajevo.

Itten, T. & Roberts, R. (2016) Politik der Erhfarung.  Gießen. Psychosozial-Verlag.

Groome, D. & Roberts, R. (Eds.) (2016) Parapsychology: The science of unusual experience. London (2nd Edition). Routledge.

Roberts, R. (2017) The Off-Modern. Psychology Estranged. Winchester. Zero Books.

Journal Articles

Roberts, R & Hewer, H. (2015) Memory, ‘Madness' and Conflict: A Laingian Perspective. Memory Studies, 8(2), 169-182.

Richardson, T., Elliot, P & Roberts, R. (2015) The Impact of Tuition Fees Amount on Mental Health over Time in British Students. Journal of Public Health, 37(3), 412-418.  

Sagar, T., Jones, D., Tyler, J., Symons, K. & Roberts, R. (2015) Student participation in the sex industry: higher education responses and staff experiences and perceptions. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.

Roberts. R., Hallilovic, M., Becirevic, E., & Hewer, C. (2015) Exploring attitudes to NATO in Republika Serpska.  Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 5(4), 577-599. 

Roberts, R. (2016) Off the beaten track. The Psychologist, 29, 620-623.  

Richardson. T, Elliot, P. Roberts, R. & Jansen, M. (2016) A Longitudinal Study of Financial Difficulties and Mental Health in a National Sample of British Undergraduate Students. Community Mental Health Journal. DOI 10.1007/s10597-016-0052-0

Sagar, T., Jones, D., Tyler, J., Symons, K. & Roberts, R. (2016) Student involvement in the sex industry: Findings from the United Kingdom identifying motivations and experiences. British Journal of Sociology. DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12216.

Richardson. T, Elliot, P. & Roberts, R. (2017) Relationship between loneliness and mental health in students. Journal of Public Mental Health, 16(2). DOI: 10.1108/JPMH-03-2016-0013


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Richardson, Thomas, Elliott, Peter, Roberts, Ron and Jansen, Megan (2017) A Longitudinal Study of Financial Difficulties and Mental Health in a National Sample of British Undergraduate Students. Community mental health journal, 53(3), pp. 344-352. ISSN (print) 0010-3853

Sagar, Tracey, Jones, Debbie, Symons, Katrien, Tyrie, Jacky and Roberts, Ron (2016) Student involvement in the UK sex industry : motivations and experiences. The British Journal Of Sociology, 67(4), pp. 697-718. ISSN (print) 0007-1315

Roberts, R. and Hewer, C.J. (2015) Memory, madness and conflict: a Laingian perspective. Memory Studies, 8(2), pp. 169-182. ISSN (print) 1750-6980

Roberts, R., Welch, R., Boorman, S., Golding, J. F. and Towell, T. (1999) Variations in self reported health by occupational grade in the British Post Office : The Q-health project. Occupational Medicine, 49(8), pp. 491-497. ISSN (print) 0962-7480

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