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About Kyla Pennington

I have been a Lecturer at the University of Lincoln within the School of Psychology since April 2013.  I studied for my PhD in the psychopathology of schizophrenia at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, my PGDip in Psychology (Distinction) was from York St John University and my BSc in Neuroscience was from Glasgow University.  The overarching aim of my research here at Lincoln is to investigate cognitive processes associated with mental health disorders and see what influences individual variability.  More specifically, my research group focusses on investigating the effects of genotypic variation on cognitive processes known to be affected in mental health disorders and the potential role of early life stress.  We are also conducting research into potential biomarkers of chronic stress such as the cortisol awakening response and their effect on cognitive processes.  Finally, I am involved in research aiming to investigate the effects of biogenetic beliefs about mental health disorders and its potential impact on stigmatising attitudes and behaviours.

Department Responsibilities

I am module coordinator for the second year module Mental Health and Disorder and the third year elective Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain and Behaviour.  I supervise third year undergraduate dissertation projects and PhD projects.

Subject Specialism

Psychopathology; Biological psychology; Psychopharmacology; Mental health; Stress


  • Post-graduate diploma in Psychology — York St John University, 2011
  • PhD Neuroscience — Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, 2006
  • BSc Neuroscience — Glasgow University, 2001

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Research Projects

  • Stress reactivity and executive function — awarded £1600 by British Psychological Society in 2017
  • The effects of genotypic variation on cognition and the interaction and association of stress — awarded £10000 by R2F Academic Returner’s Research, University of Lincoln in 2016

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