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

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Fay Julal Cnossen is a psychologist interested in attachment and caregiving experiences in emerging adulthood and support-seeking (within relationships and in academic settings). In 2018 Fay was awarded the HEFi Award for Educational Enhancement and Innovation for her use of infant simulators in teaching undergraduate developmental psychology students.


  • 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; https://ukattachmentnetwork.webs.com/executive-committee)


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



  • The Development of Attachment Behaviour
  • Personality and Intelligence at Work



  • Research Reviews in Psychology
  • Public Engagement with Psychological Research

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 (eg, romantic) relationships.  She is particularly interested in the implications of change in attachment networks over time. As a teaching-focused lecturer, Fay is also interested in students’ problem-coping and support-seeking, in particular their use of social support networks and student support services, and assessment and feedback.


Julal, F. S. (2018). Holding the baby: Holding the Baby: Using the Leiden Infant Simulator Sensitivity Assessment to examine attachment theory’s sensitivity hypothesis. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 17, 229-241.

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

Recent conference presentations:

Julal, F. S. (2018, June). Feedback for postgraduate taught students. Paper presented at the Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education (AHE) Conference, Manchester, UK.

Julal, F. S., & Butterworth, R. (2017, September). Is mind-mindedness related to caregiving in adult romantic relationships? Findings from two exploratory studies. Paper presented at the UK Attachment Network seminar, Birmingham, UK.

Julal, F. S., Carnelley, K. B., Walsh, J., Rowe, A., Millings, A., & Hepper, E. (2016, March). Priming caregiving responsiveness: Preliminary findings. Paper presented at the Applying Relationships Science to Contemporary Interventions (ApReSCI) seminar series, Toward a better understanding of adult attachment relationships and implications for well-being, Cotswolds, UK.

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