Dr Soljana Cili

Lecturer in Psychology

London College of Fashion

Biography

Dr Soljana Çili has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of Malta and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Southampton. Her doctoral thesis investigated the impact of self-defining memory recall on the self and the mechanisms of change in imagery rescripting, a cognitive-behavioural therapeutic technique.

Dr Ҫili has worked on research projects exploring topics such as the relationship between intrusive trauma-related mental images and psychological well-being in patients with burn injuries and psychological interventions for patients suffering from long-term health conditions.

She has taught in various universities in the UK and presented her work in several national and international conferences. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Autobiographical memory (especially trauma memories)
  • The development of individuals’ sense of self
  • Intrusive mental images
  • Psychopathology
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapeutic interventions

At the London College of Fashion, Dr Ҫili is currently working on research projects focusing on areas such as the impact of fashion and media images on psychological well-being, inclusivity in the fashion industries, and the self-memory relationship. She is also teaching units related to personality and individual differences, quantitative research methods and data analysis, and group processes in the courses MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion and MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals.

Research interests

Self-Defining Memories; Self-Memory Relationship; Self and Identity; Psychological Well-Being; Impact of Fashion on Individuals’ Sense of Self and Well-Being; Trauma; Psychopathology; Intrusive Mental Imagery; Imagery Rescripting; Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.

Research statement

Dr Ҫili’s research has three main aims:

1)   Understand the way in which individuals’ sense of self develops and is shaped by life events and environmental factors (e.g., adverse experiences, achievements, exposure to fashion and media images);

2)   Understand the way in which life events and environmental factors influence individuals’ psychological well-being and the onset of psychological disorders;

3)   Understand mechanisms of change in cognitive-behavioural interventions.

Students

Anna Papadoula, Fashion collections in museums: The embodied minds hidden in the dresses.

Selected research outputs