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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 ten 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), The Off-Modern: Psychology estranged (2017), Capitalism on Campus (2018) (with Zero Books), Francis Huxley and the Human Condition: Anthropology ancestry and knowledge (2020) (Routledge). I am currently a member of the Psychologists for Social Change 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).
I conduct research in social memory, student mental health, student sex work and political psychology,
Recent publications include:
Roberts, R., Towell, A. and Golding, J. (2001) Foundations of Health Psychology. Palgrave (Macmillan).
Roberts, R. and Groome, D. (Eds.) (2001) Parapsychology: The science of unusual experience. London. Arnold & Oxford University Press.
Roberts, R. and Groome, D. (Eds.) (2003) Parapsychology. Moscow. Olma Press. (Russian Edition)
Roberts, R. (Ed.) (2007) Just war: Psychology and terrorism. Ross On-Wye. PCCS Books
Roberts, R. (2011) Real to Reel. Psychiatry at the cinema. Ross-On-Wye. PCCS Books.
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). London. Routledge.
Roberts, R. (2017) The Off-Modern. Psychology Estranged. Winchester. Zero Books.
Roberts, R. (2018) Capitalism on Campus: Sex Work, Academic Freedom and the Market. Winchester. Zero Books.
Vos, J., Roberts, R. & Davies, J. (2019) Mental health in crisis. London. Sage Swift.
Roberts, R. & Itten. T. (2020) Francis Huxley and the human condition: Anthropology, ancestry and knowledge. London Routledge.
Roberts, R., Hemingway, H. and Marmot, M. (1997) Psychometric and clinical validity of the SF-36 in the Whitehall II study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 2, 285-300.
Reid, S., Woodford, S., Roberts, R., Golding, J. and Towell, A. (1999) Health related correlates of gambling on the British National Lottery. Psychological Reports, 84, 247-254.
Welch, R., Boorman, S. Golding, J.F., Towell, T. and Roberts, R. (1999) Variations in Self Reported Health by Occupational Grade in the British Post Office: The Q-health project. Occupational Medicine, 49(8), 491-497.
Roberts, R., Golding, J., Towell, T. and Weinreb, I.(1999) The Effects of Students' Economic Circumstances on British Students' Mental and Physical Health. Journal of American College Health, 48, 103-109.
Baker, D., Roberts, R. and Towell, A. (2000) Factors predictive of bone mineral density in eating disordered women: A longitudinal study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 27, 29-35.
Roberts, R., Golding, J., Towell, T. Reid, S., Woodford, S., Vetere, A. and Weinreb, I. (2000) Mental and physical health in students: The role of economic circumstances. British Journal of Health Psychology, 5(3), 289-297.
Roberts, R. (2002) Parapsychology and Postmodernism. The Skeptic 14(4).
Roberts, R., O'Connor, T.G., Dunn, J., Golding, J. and the ALSPAC study team. (2004) The effects of child sexual abuse in later family life; mental health, parenting and adjustment of offspring. Child Abuse & Neglect, 28(5), 525-545.
Roberts, R. (2004) Sanity madness and science: R.D.Laing and critical psychology. Society for Laingian Studies.http://laingsociety.org/colloquia/polofdiagnosis/r.roberts1.htm
Roberts, R. (2005) Problems in Replicating Multivariate Models in Quantitative Research. Health Psychology Update, 14(3), 10-16.
Roberts, R. (2005) The Response of British Psychology to the Iraq War 2003-2004. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 5(1), 1-9.
Roberts, R. (2005) Power & illusion: Perspectives from Laing and Chomsky. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 5(3), 124-131.
Roberts, R. (2006) British Psychology's response to the Iraq War 2003-2004. Clinical Psychology Forum, 157, 24-28.
Roberts, R. and Itten, T. (2006) Laing and Szasz: Anti-Psychiatry, Capitalism and Therapy. The Psychoanalytic Review, 93(5). 781-799.
Gerrard, E. and Roberts, R. (2006) Student Parents, Hardship and Debt: A qualitative study. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 30(4), 393-403.
Roberts, R., Bergström, S. and La Rooy, D. (2007a) Commentary: UK Students and Sex Work: Current Knowledge and Research Issues. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 17, 141-146.
Roberts, R., Bergström, S. and La Rooy, D. (2007b) Sex Work and Students: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 31(4), 323-334.
Roberts, R. (2008) Psihološka objašnjenja, socijalne reprezentacije i genocid. Kriminalisti?ke teme, 3-4, 19-36. (Psychological explanation, social representations and genocide).
Roberts, R., Be?irevi?, M. and Baker, T. (2009) Children's Understanding of the War in Iraq: Views from Britain and Bosnia. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 14 (1), 17-30.
Cusick, L., Roberts, R. and Paton, S. (2009) Higher and Further Education Institution Policies on Student and Staff Involvement in Commercial Sex, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 31(2),185-195.
Smith, D. and Roberts, R. (2009) Social acceptance; a possible mediator in the association between socio-economic deprivation and under-18 pregnancy rates? Journal of Youth Studies, 12(6), 669-683.
Smith, D. & Roberts, R. (2009) Young parents' perceptions of barriers to antenatal and postnatal care. British Journal of Midwifery, 17 (10), 620-627.
Roberts, R. (2010) Looking Back: Madness, Myth and Medicine. The Psychologist, 23(8), 694-695.
Roberts, R., Sanders, T, Smith, D. and Myers, E. (2010) Participation in Sex Work: Students' Views. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 10(2), 145-156.
Roberts, R. (2010) Researching Students in Sex Work: Market Values and Academic Freedom. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 10(1), 12-17.
Macarie, J-C, and Roberts, R. (2010) Martial Arts and Mental Health. Contemporary Psychotherapy, 2, 1. Spring. http://contemporarypsychotherapy.org/vol-2-no-1/martial-arts-and-mental-health/
Roberts, R. (2011) Psychology at the end of the world: Mind & Behaviour in the Antarctic. The Psychologist, 24(1), 22-25.
Smith, D. & Roberts, R. (2011) Young parents; the role of housing in understanding social inequality. Journal of Family Health Care, 21(1), 20-22.
Roberts, R. (2011) Sanity, madness & memory: R.D. Laing and the postmodern. International Journal of Psychotherapy, 15(2), 62-74.
Smith, D. & Roberts, R. (2011) Social inequality and young pregnancy; the beliefs of young parents in London, UK. Health & Place, 17, 1054-1060.
Roberts, R. (2011) Liberation by illusion: Image and reality in the construction of security. Democracy and Security in South-Eastern Europe, 2(8/9), 46-49.
Hewer, C. & Roberts, R. (2012) Towards a dynamic model of social memory. Culture & Psychology, 18(2) 167-183.
Wahogo, S. & Roberts, R. (2012) Fourth Wave Feminism: Protests and Prospects.Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 12(4), 216-220.
Roberts, R., Jones, A. & Sanders, T. (2013) Sex work and students in the UK: Providers and Purchasers. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 13(3), 349-363.
Richardson, T., Elliot, P & Roberts, R. (2013) The relationship between personal unsecured debt and mental and physical health: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 33 (8), 1148-1162.
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2015.1056604
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23269995.2015.1070465
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
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
Roberts, Ron (2018) From alienation to estrangement : political thought and psychology. In: Hewer, Christopher J. and Lyons, Evanthia, (eds.) Political psychology : a social psychological approach. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 54-72. ISBN 9781118982396
Roberts, Ron (2018) Social influence and malevolent authority : obedience revisited. In: Hewer, Christopher J. and Lyons, Evanthia, (eds.) Political psychology : a social psychological approach. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 271-291. ISBN 9781118982396
Roberts, Ron and Hewer, Christopher J. (2018) A critical history of research methods. In: Hewer, Christopher J. and Lyons, Evanthia, (eds.) Political psychology : a social psychological approach. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 28-53. ISBN 9781118982396