Mr Ryan Statton

Mr Ryan Statton

Teaching and Research Associate (TARA)

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)




2018 – Present         Social Psychology, PhD, University of Plymouth “The Role of Moral Disgust in both inter- and intra- group relations".

                                       Supervisors: Dr Jaysan Charlesford, Dr Alison Bacon, Prof Jon May

2019 – 2020         PgCert in Academic Practice (with Distinction), University of Plymouth

2017 – 2018         MSc Psychological Research Methods (with Distinction), University of Plymouth

2013 – 2017         BSc(Hons) Psychology with Professional Placement (First Class Honours), Brunel University London

Professional membership

  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) - Fellowship [PR188096]



Teaching interests

  • Research Methods; Experimental Design, Focus groups, Transcription
  • Research Analysis; Regression, Multiple Regression, ANOVA, Bayesian Statistics, Thematic Analysis
  • Research Communication
  • Social Norms
  • Group Processes



Research interests

As a Social Psychologist with a background in Evolutionary Psychology, I am primarily interested in how groups of people work and why they work that way.

Theoretical Psychological Interests
  • Disgust; specifically the domain of Moral Disgust
  • Intragroup Processes; Leadership, social norms, norm conformation, intragroup communication
  • Intergroup Climate; outgroup conflict
  • Political Ideology
  • Social Media use and communication

Methodological Interests
  • Psychometrics: Scale Construction, Scale Validation, Classical Test Theory, Item Response Theory
  • Reflexive Thematic Analysis
  • Behavioural Experimental



Key publications

Presentations and posters
Statton R & Charlesford J Statton R & Charlesford J 'The Immoral Prince: Examining the relationship between differential power dynamics, moral disgust, and group leadership'