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 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.


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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