Ms Susie Ballentyne

Post:Research student (Psychology)
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I am a part-time doctoral student, within the Crowds and Identity Research Group, under the supervision of Professor John Drury. My research examines how social identity influences the post-migration life of refugees, specifically the impact on psycho-social wellbeing and resilience.  

In addition to my research at Sussex, I work as an independent psychologist offering research, team development and psychological coaching. This follows a four year contract with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK and Brazil developing behavioural science training, coaching, and team workshops. During this time, I also provided consultancy to the Brazilian Federal Government and Rio state police on the issue of radicalisation, in advance of the Rio 2016 Olympics. 

From the late 1990s until 2012 I worked as a research psychologist, and latterly Team Leader with the Ministry of Defence, including a secondment to the Home Office. During my 14 years in the civil service I worked on many operational projects from the Balkans to West Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan with a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, anthropologists and political analysts. I completed my MSc at the London School of Economics in Social Psychology having carried out my field research in Southern Iraq shortly after the end of the formal conflict in 2003. 

I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as the Social Psychology Section and the Special Group in Coaching Psychology. I am also a member if the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP).


Doctoral researcher.


2016 - Present: PhD Psychology, Sussex University - 

2001 - 2003: MSc Social Psychology, LSE - Distinction.

1993 - 1997: BSc Joint Hons. Applied Psychology and Sociology, Surrey University - First.


I am a member of the Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LOSRAS), and a be-friender under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Re-settlement Scheme.