Dr Sharon Coen

School of Health & Society

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Current positions

Associate Professor/Reader


I gained a Laure Degree in Work and Organisational Psychology at the Universita' degli Studi di Padova (Italy) and a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex (UK). Since January 2012, I have been working at the University of Salford, where I lead the only MSc in Media Psychology in the UK, working with my colleague Dr Adam Galpin.
My research focuses mainly on media communication, journalism and new media and their role in shaping (and being shaped by) political and social issues. I have a keen interest in applying media psychology to promoting action aimed at minimising the impact of climate change and addressing the climate emergency.

Areas of Research

media psychology; social media; political communication; journalism; climate change; young people and climate change

Areas of Supervision

I am available to supervise PHDs in Emotions in Journalism; Learning from the News; Media and Intergroup Relations; Psychology and Climate Change


Program Leader – MSc Media Psychology (L7)

Current Teaching Responsibilities

1. Research methods in Media Psychology (L7 MSc Media Psychology)
2. The Psychology of Media Communication (L7 MSc Media Psychology)
3. Media Psychology (Level 6 Undergraduate)
4. Dissertation (L7 MSc Media Psychology)
5. Issues in Media Psychology (L7 MSc Media Psychology)
6. Environmental Psychology (L6 Undergraduate)