Jo Saunders


  • United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I joined the School in 2012 after spending 8 years at Swansea University as a Lecturer and, before then, as an ESRC Research Fellow at St. Andrews.

My research focuses on why we forget. Some of this research has been theory driven examining the underlying processes of why we forget some memories but not others. Research has also focused on the practical applications including the accuracy and completeness of eyewitness memory and memory in sub-clinical disorders.

I am also interested in the mechanisms of change underlying third-wave therapies, such as Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and examining whether distress predicts the development, and maintenance, of psychological difficulties.

Research Interests

Theories of forgetting

Intentional and unintentional forgetting

Odour memory

Eyewitness memory

Psychogenic amnesia/fugue, trauma memory and dissociation

Recovered memories and repression

Amnesia in offenders

Psychopathology (depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis and schizotypy, personality disorders, repressive coping)

Self-protective memory (i.e., mnemic neglect)

Third-wave therapies

Social psychiatry

Teaching Interests

C8105/C8106: Research Methods & Statistics

C8106: Introduction to Development

C8305: Development (Course Leader)

C8445: Practical Aspects of Memory (Course Leader)

I am also the Disability Contact for the School.

Academic / Professional qualifications

PhD in Psychology, University of St. Andrews

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of St. Andrews


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Bachelor of Science, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999


  • Memory
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychological interventions and therapies
  • Forensic Psychology

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The development of emotional regulation in adolescence

Saunders, J.


Project: Research - Studentship

Can we improve eyewitness memory?

Saunders, J.


Project: Research - Studentship

Research Output

Episodic memory and age-related deficits in inhibitory effectiveness

MacLeod, M. D. & Saunders, J., 31 Jan 2017, In : Experimental Aging Research. 43, 1, p. 34-54 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
38 Downloads (Pure)

Mnemic neglect: selective amnesia of one's faults

Sedikides, C., Green, J. D., Saunders, J., Skowronski, J. J. & Zengel, B., 24 May 2016, In : European Review of Social Psychology. 27, 1, p. 1-62 62 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
41 Citations (Scopus)
49 Downloads (Pure)


  • 3 Editorial board member
  • 3 Examination
  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 1 Journal or guest editorship

Applied Cognitive Psychology (Journal)

Jo Saunders (Peer reviewer)

22 Dec 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial board member

External Examiner of Doctoral Thesis

Jo Saunders (Examiner)

2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesExamination