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Area of research expertise - Outline

My main research interests lie in the impact of early experiences on later functioning and well-being. My PhD thesis focused on the relevance of early attachment experiences as a broader framework to explain aspects of human emotions, cognitions and behaviours in later life.


Current research activities

I am currently working in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and Police Scotland to evaluate the impact of trauma awareness training on police officer attitudes towards trauma-informed policing. Recent projects also include on-going investigations into attachment-related differences in the regulation of anger and expression of aggression. In addition, I am currently working in collaboration with colleagues from the University of the West of Scotland on an exploratory project focused on the predictors and outcomes of the sending and receiving of sexually explicit messages in a UK population. 


Desired research direction

The overarching aim of my research is to understand the ways in which early experiences relate to poor social and emotional outcomes in adulthood, such that relevant risk factors can be targeted to reduce such outcomes. I then hope to use this evidence to work with educators, support workers and policy makers to help inform the development of attachment and emotion regulation based interventions to improve the developmental trajectory of affected young people.


Target Collaborative Companies (National, International, up to 3)

1. Social network operators


Target Collaborative Organisations (National, International, up to 3)

1. Police Scotland

2. Local Authorities

3. Sacro


Teaching expertise

My primary teaching interests lie in Forensic, Social and Developmental Psychology. However, I have experience teaching on a wide range of modules across all levels of study, both at the University of the West of Scotland (as outlined below), and at Queen Margaret University.




 Introduction to Psychology

 Investigating Psychology (Module Moderator)

 Foundations of Life & Social Science


 Lifespan Development B

 Introductory Cognitive & Social Psychology

 Biological and Developmental Psychology


 Social Psychology (Module Moderator)

 Child Development


 Atypical Child Development

 Forensic Psychology (Module Co-ordinator)

 Dissertation (project supervision)

External positions

Psychology Tutor, University of Edinburgh

Mar 2020 → …

Doctoral Researcher, Queen Margaret University


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Queen Margaret University


Student Learning Adviser, Edinburgh Napier University


Research Assistant, Edinburgh Napier University



  • BF Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Attachment
  • Emotion regulation
  • Psychopathy
  • Anger
  • Aggression
  • Trauma
  • Childhood
  • ACEs

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Research Output

Celebrity abuse on Twitter: the impact of tweet valence, volume of abuse, and dark triad personality factors on victim blaming and perceptions of severity

Scott, G. G., Brodie, Z. P., Wilson, M. J., Ivory, L., Hand, C. J. & Sereno, S. C., 29 Feb 2020, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 103, p. 109-119 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Mediators of the relationship between attachment and dispositional mindfulness in adolescents

    Goodall, K., Brodie, Z. P. & Schwannauer, M., 16 May 2020, In : Mindfulness. 11, p. 1782-1791 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    37 Downloads (Pure)

    Attachment insecurity and dispositional aggression: the mediating role of maladaptive anger regulation

    Brodie, Z. P., Goodall, K., Darling, S. & McVittie, C., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Social and Personal Relationships . 36, 6, p. 1831-1852 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    93 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    157 Downloads (Pure)

    Academic skills for psychology: a pre-entry course

    Hendry, G., Brodie, Z., Wilson, C., Flynn, R. & McKechnie, J., 6 Jun 2018, p. 18-19. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

  • Prizes

    Best Poster Award

    Brodie, Zara (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Best Poster Award

    Brodie, Zara (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    David Shewan Memorial Prize for Best Dissertation

    Brodie, Zara (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Masters Award for Best Performance

    Brodie, Zara (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    QMU Doctoral Research Scholarship

    Brodie, Zara (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Press / Media

    Edinburgh Comic Art Festival - 'I am Batman! The Psychology of Superfans'

    Zara Brodie & Joanne Ingram


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities