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

Dr Fay Julal Cnossen

School of Psychology
Associate Professor in Psychology
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Fay Julal Cnossen is a teaching-focused associate professor. Her main research interests are attachment and caregiving experiences in emerging adulthood and university students’ problem-coping and support-seeking.


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


Fay Julal Cnossen 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. Fay is a member of the UK Attachment Network (UKAN; UK Attachment Network | Relationship Science).



  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology


  • Research Reviews in Psychology

Postgraduate supervision

Students interested in conducting research on attachment and caregiving in parent- adult child dyads, romantic couples, or peer relationships, or research into students’ support-seeking 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 and the relationship between attachment and psychological well-being. As a teaching-focused associate professor, Fay is also interested in students’ problem-coping and support-seeking, in particular their use of social support networks and student support services.


Highlight publications

Cnossen, FSJ, Harman, KA & Butterworth, R 2019, 'Attachment, Efficacy Beliefs and Relationship Satisfaction in Dating, Emerging Adult Women', Journal of Relationships Research, vol. 10, e19. https://doi.org/10.1017/jrr.2019.14

Julal, F, Carnelley, KB & Rowe, A 2017, 'The relationship between attachment style and placement of parents in adults’ attachment networks over time', Attachment and Human Development, pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2017.1316751

Julal, F 2012, 'Attachment, perceptions of care and caregiving to romantic partners and friends', European Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 42, no. 7, pp. 832-843.

Julal, FS 2018, 'Holding the Baby: Using the Leiden Infant Simulator Sensitivity Assessment to Examine Attachment Theory’s Sensitivity Hypothesis', Psychology Learning & Teaching, vol. 17, no. 2. https://doi.org/10.1177/1475725718766280

Julal, F 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, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 414-425.

Recent publications


Julal Cnossen, F 2016, 'Predictors of undergraduate students’ university support service use during the first year of university', British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 371-381. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2015.1119232

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