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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Dr Gary Britton


Lecturer in Psychology

Room Number: Fogg 2.18


Gary is a Lecturer in Psychology at Queen Mary University of London. Previously he has held lecturing posts at the University of West London, the University of Derby and Regents University London.

Gary gained both his undergraduate degree and PhD from the University of Sussex. Gary is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Gary's primary research interests lie in the areas of mental health and emotion.



  • The Psychology of Emotion (PSZ127).
  • Individual Differences (PSZ233).


  • Academic Skills in Mental Health Sciences I (PSY711P).


Research Interests:

My primary research interests lie in the areas of mental health and emotion. Much of my research to date has focused on potential casual mechanisms involved in mental health disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety disorders and disorders of addiction.

I am currently involved in several projects focusing on the relationship between playing Fantasy Football with mental health and emotion. From a pedagogical perspective, I am interested in how mental health and emotion affect student's wellbeing, and their engagement and performance in higher education. 

Some of my other areas of research interest include: the experience of joining, being part of and leaving high control groups; the causes and consequences of bullying in higher education settings; the link between the use of technologies and emotion (e.g., the link between computer games and aggression) and the link between music and emotion.



  • Britton, G. I., & Davey, G. C. L. (2022). An experimental investigation of the effect of negative mood on the deployment of as-many-as-can checking stop rules and compulsions. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 15, 153-167.


  • Britton, G. I., Neale, S. E., & Davey, G. C. L. (2019). The effect of worrying on intolerance of uncertainty and positive and negative beliefs about worry. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 63, 65-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2018.09.002


  • Britton, G. I., & Bailey, H. (2018). Attention Bias Modification effects on Interpretive Bias for Fear of Positive and Negative Evaluation in Social Anxiety. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 15, 94-104. ISN: 2385-0787 (Electronic); 1724-4935 (Print).


  • Britton, G. I., & Davey, G. C. L. (2017). Negative Mood and Obsessive-Compulsive Related Clinical Constructs: An Examination of Underlying Factors. Frontiers in Psychopathology, 8, 1570. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01570


  • Britton, G. I., & Davey, G. C. L. (2014). Interrelationships between negative mood and clinical constructs: a motivational systems approach. Frontiers in Psychopathology, 5, 393. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00393.


  • Turnbull, N., Shaw, E. J., Baker, R., Dunsdon, S., Costin, N., Britton, G. I., Kuntze, S., & Norman, R. (2007). Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy) in adults and children. London: Royal College of General Practitioners.


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