Staff Profiles: Dr. Rachel Sumner

Dr. Rachel Sumner

Staff Profile: Dr. Rachel Sumner
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Rachel Sumner

Dr. Rachel Sumner

Senior Lecturer

Psychological Sciences

Rachel is a psychobiologist with a background in chronic stress, hemispheric lateralisation, and HIV research. She is particularly interested in how psychosocial factors affect the immune and endocrine systems.


Rachel’s research centres on the biopsychosocial gradients of health. She specialises in the interdisciplinary fields of Psychoneuroimmunology and Psychoneuroendocrinology, and has a particular interest in the neuroscience relating to human health. Rachel is involved in several international research collaborations working on projects that aim to develop a better understanding of how our psychosocial world influences health and wellbeing.


Award Title Institution Date
Bsc (Hons) Psychology Staffordshire University 2006
MSc Health Psychology Staffordshire University 2007
PhD Health Science Brunel University, London 2012

Teaching and research


Biological psychology

Health psychology

Social psychology

Research design and methodology


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My research primarily concerns the intersection of human psychology and biology. I am involved in research projects that evaluate the contribution of psychological phenomena (particularly chronic stress), brain activity and function, and how these translate to changes in physical health, immunity and wellbeing.


More publications from Dr. Rachel Sumner can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews




Hemispheric lateralisation


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