Dr Soljana Cili
Dr Soljana Çili has a first class Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of Malta and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Southampton. She has taught at various universities in the UK, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Dr Çili teaches units related to personality and individual differences, research methods, and group dynamics and processes in the course MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion. She establishes and manages collaborations between MSc students and external partners as part of the Psychology Collaborative Unit. She is also a member of the Psychology Ethics Review Panel, as well as the College’s Research Degrees Sub-Committee, REF Panel, and Academic Misconduct Panel. Dr Çili supervises MSc and PhD research projects which investigate fashion, the fashion industry, and fashion curation and exhibition from a psychological perspective. She has published her research in peer-reviewed psychology journals and presented it in national and international conferences. In addition, she is an ad hoc reviewer for several cognitive, social, and clinical psychology journals. Dr Çili is a Chartered Psychologist.
Relationship between autobiographical memory and the self; Narrative identity; Self-defining memories; Impact of fashion and fashion industry practices on individuals’ sense of self and well-being; Trauma; Psychopathology; Intrusive mental imagery; Cognitive-behavioural therapy; Imagery rescripting
Dr Çili’s research has three main aims:
1) Understand the way in which individuals’ sense of self is shaped by life experiences and environmental factors (e.g., adverse experiences, exposure to fashion and media images, working in the fashion industry);
2) Understand the way in which life experiences and environmental factors influence individuals’ psychological well-being and contribute to the onset of psychological disorders;
3) Understand mechanisms of change in cognitive-behavioural therapeutic interventions such as imagery rescripting.
Current research students
- Colleen Hill, Wearing the Wunderkammer: A critical practice-led analysis of cabinets of curiosity, articulating the quality of curiosity and applying it to a fashion exhibition. (Joint supervisor)
Business & management, and science