Dr Fay Julal BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, PGCLT (HE) MBPsS

Dr Fay Julal

School of Psychology
Lecturer in Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Fay Julal is a psychologist interested in attachment and caregiving experiences with parents and peers in adulthood.


  • BA (Hons) Psychology (Lancaster University)
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods (Lancaster University)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Southampton)
  • PGCLT (HE ) (Southampton Solent University)


Fay Julal completed her BA (Hons) and MSc at Lancaster University, where she first became interested in adult attachment theory. Fay went on to complete a PhD examining attachment and caregiving in young adulthood under the supervision of Dr Katherine Carnelley at the University of Southampton.

Before coming to Birmingham, Fay was Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Exercise and Social Science, Southampton Solent University. 


Fay leads two modules on the BSc Psychology programme; The Development of Attachment Behaviour and Personality and Intelligence at Work, and one module on the MA Psychology programme; Research Review.

Postgraduate supervision

Students interested in conducting research on attachment and caregiving or social support in parent- adult child dyads, romantic couples, or adult populations in general, should send an email to Fay in the first instance.


Fay’s primary interest lies in attachment and caregiving experiences in parent – adult-child and adult-adult (e.g., romantic) relationships.  She is particularly interested in the implications of change in attachment networks over time. Fay is also interested in students’ problem-coping and support-seeking, in particular their use of social support networks and student support services.


Julal, F. S., Carnelley, K. B., & Rowe, A. (2017): The relationship between attachment style and placement of parents in adults’ attachment networks over time. Attachment and Human Development, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2017.1316751

Julal, F. S. (2015). Predictors of undergraduate students’ university support service use during the first year of university. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2015.1119232

Julal, F. S. (2013). Use of student support services among university students: Associations with problem-focused coping, experience of personal difficulty and psychological distress. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 41, 414-425. DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2012.741680

Julal, F. S., & Carnelley, K. B. (2013). Attachment, perceived care, and caregiving to romantic partners and friends. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42,832-843. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1914