Dr Emma Preece BSc (Hons), PhD, CPsychol

Dr Emma Preece

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Psychology

Dr Emma Preece teaches extensively across the undergraduate programme and has areas of expertise in cognitive, developmental, social and health psychology. Dr Preece is also a mixed-methods researcher who teaches across the research methods modules in the School of Psychology and she has also recently taken on the school role of PGTA Coordinator.


BSc (Hons) Psychology

PhD in Psychology


Dr Emma Preece completed her undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Worcester, under the supervision of colleagues there and at the University of Birmingham and Liverpool John Moore’s university. Her PhD investigated how the average age that words and concepts are learnt, and their frequency of occurrence, influences how quickly and accurately these stimuli could be remembered. Dr Emma Preece previously worked in various research and teaching capacities before joining us as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. Most recently this included working as a teaching fellow in the school and prior to this she was an international research fellow in a multidisciplinary team investigating public attitudes towards science and religion and public perceptions of the relationship between science and religion. She has presented her work at conferences in the UK, Canada, America and Norway.


Dr Preece teaches across a number of areas and topics including research methods, social psychology, individual differences, community psychology and developmental psychology. 

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Preece is not currently supervising postgraduate students but she would be interested in supervising students who share her research interests in attitudinal and psycholinguistic research.


  • Psycholinguistics, particularly age-of-acquisition
  • Public attitudes towards science
  • Public attitudes towards religion
  • Health service and NHS training evaluation
  • Stigma, discrimination and prejudice

Other activities

Former posts held:

  • Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • Research Fellow, Newman University
  • Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, University of Worcester
  • Senior Research Assistant, University of Worcester
  • Undergraduate Administrator, University of Birmingham
  • Instructor and Research Support, University of Birmingham
  • Sessional Lecturer, University of Worcester
  • Research Assistant, University of Worcester


Recent publications


Elsherif, MM, Preece, E & Catling, JC 2023, 'Age-of-acquisition effects: a literature review', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 812–847. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0001215

Michail, M, Cairns, A, Preece, E & Mughal, F 2022, 'Supporting general practitioners in the assessment and management of suicide risk in young people: an evaluation of an educational resource in primary care', Primary Health Care Research & Development, vol. 23, e50. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423622000433

Catling, J, Dent, K, Preece, E & Johnston, R 2013, 'Age-of-acquisition effects in novel picture naming: a laboratory analogue', The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 66, no. 9, pp. 1756-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.764903

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