Alexandra Stainton

Alexandra Stainton

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Alexandra Stainton is conducting her PhD research in conjunction with a large, EU project which is focused upon emerging mental health difficulties. Working on this project she conducts extensive clinical interviews, neuropsychological tests, and MRI brain scans. Her work within this project will focus on resilience to mental illness, particularly in relation to neurocognitive ability.


MSci Psychology and Psychological Practice


Alexandra completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham. In her final year she transferred onto the ‘MSci Psychology & Psychological Practice’ course, allowing her to complete an additional year of master’s-level study. It was during this time she secured her PhD position which she began the following academic year.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Do resilience and neurocognitive ability predict fluctuations in clinical symptoms over time?
Professor Stephen Wood and Katie Chisholm


Research interests

Resilience and neurocognition in mental illness 

Other activities

Alexandra currently organises the ‘Mental Health Research Seminar Series’ at the University of Birmingham and presents at applicant visit days to potential Psychology students.