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Research Fellow: Dr Liz Gulliford

Liz Gulliford has an interdisciplinary background. She gained a Theology degree from Trinity College, Oxford and has a BSc in Psychology. She previously worked for the Psychology and Religion Research Group at the University of Cambridge, where she published work on forgiveness and other virtues. She studied for her doctoral thesis, an interdisciplinary evaluation of positive psychological approaches to strengths and virtues, at Queens’ College, Cambridge. She is particularly interested in the topics of hope, courage, humility, forgiveness, compassion and gratitude. 

Liz is currently examining how gratitude, the focus of her research from September 2012 to February 2015 as part of the Attitude for Gratitude project, relates to the other-regarding emotional virtues of humility, compassion and forgiveness. A summary of Liz's current research project at the Jubilee Centre: The Language and Nature of Gratitude and Its Relation to Other Virtues can be found here.

Liz has presented her research at various specialist and professional conferences including the Fourth Positive Psychology and Well-being Conference in Melbourne, Australia (February 2014) and the Seventh European Positive Psychology Conference in Amsterdam (July 2014). She was selected to participate in the BMBF Symposium: Can Psychology Replace Ethics?, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (March 2014). 

In March 2015, Liz visited the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne along with Dr Blaire Morgan, as part of a cross-cultural project called Taking Thanks for Granted. Whilst in Australia, Liz and Blaire delivered a public lecture at St Peter’s College, Adelaide, where they were honoured with Rex J Lipman Fellowships.


Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 4813

Email: l.z.gulliford@bham.ac.uk

Room 1242
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Qualifications

  • PhD Theology and Religious Studies, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge - Thesis: An Interdisciplinary Evaluation and Theological Enrichment of Positive Psychology 
  • BSc Psychology (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, BPS accredited 
  • MPhil Theology and Religious Studies, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge - Thesis: Theological and Psychological Aspects of Forgiveness 
  • BA (Hons), now MA, Theology, Trinity College, University of Oxford  

Publications

Gulliford, L. (in press) ‘Psychology’s contribution to ethics: Two cases studies’, in: Brand, C. (ed.) Can psychology replace ethics? On the potentials and risks of empirical research into human morality for our ethical self-image, Springer-VS.

Gulliford, L and Morgan, B. (in press) ‘An Empirical Exploration of the Normative Dimensions of Gratitude’ in: Carr, D. (ed.) Gratitude: An interdisciplinary approach, Routledge.

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L. and Carr, D. (2015) ‘Educating gratitude: Some conceptual and moral misgivings’, Journal of Moral Education, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 97-111.

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L. and Kristjansson, K. (2014) ‘Gratitude in the UK: A new prototype analysis and a cross-cultural comparison’, Journal of Positive Psychology 9 (4), 281-294.

Gulliford, L., Morgan, B. and Kristjansson, K. (2013) ‘Recent work on the concept of gratitude in philosophy and psychology’, Journal of Value Inquiry, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 285-377.

Gulliford, L. (2013). ‘The head and the heart of the matter in hope and forgiveness’, in: F.N. Watts & G. Dumbreck (Eds.), Head and heart: Perspectives from religion and psychology, West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, pp. 273-312.

Watts, F., Dutton, K. and Gulliford, L. (2006) 'Human spiritual qualities: Integrating psychology and religion', Mental Health, Religion and Culture, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 277-289.

Schwartz, J., Gulliford, E., Stier, J., and Theinemann, M. (2005) 'Mindful awareness and self-directed neuroplasticity: Integrating psychospiritual and biological approaches to mental health with a focus on OCD’, in: S.G. Mijares, & Khalsa, G. S. (eds), The Psychospiritual Clinician's Handbook, New York, London & Oxford: Haworth Press Inc., pp. 281-300.

Gulliford, L. (2004). Intrapersonal forgiveness, in Watts, F. & Gulliford, L. (eds) Forgiveness in context: Theology and psychology in creative dialogue. London & New York: T&T Clark International, 83-105.

Gulliford, L. (2004) 'The healing of relationships', in: Watts, F. & Gulliford, L. (eds) Forgiveness in context: Theology and psychology in creative dialogue, London & New York: T&T Clark International, pp.106-122.

Watts, F. & Gulliford, L. (eds) (2004) Forgiveness in context: Theology and psychology in creative dialogue, London & New York: T&T Clark International.

Gulliford, L. (2004) 'Forgiveness and faith: Psychology and theology in dialogue', Ministry Today, vol. 31, pp. 6-15.