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Research Fellow: Dr Liz Gulliford

 Liz Gulliford has an interdisciplinary background. She gained a Theology degree from  Trinity College, Oxford and has a BSc in Psychology. She previously worked for the  Psychology and Religion Research Group at the University of Cambridge, where she  published work on forgiveness and other virtues. Liz's doctoral thesis was an  interdisciplinary evaluation of positive psychological  approaches to strengths and virtues,  from Queens' College, Cambridge. She is particularly  interested in the topics of hope, courage, humility, forgiveness, compassion and gratitude. 

Liz previously examined how gratitude, the focus of her research from September 2012 to February 2015 as part of the Attitude for Gratitude project, relates to the other-regarding emotional virtues of humility, compassion and forgiveness. The research report for Liz's previous project, Gratitude and Related Character Virtues, can be found here

Liz has presented her research at various specialist and professional conferences including the Fourth Positive Psychology and Well-being Conference in Melbourne, Australia (February 2014) and the Seventh European Positive Psychology Conference in Amsterdam (July 2014). She was selected to participate in the BMBF Symposium: Can Psychology Replace Ethics?, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (March 2014). 

In March 2015, Liz visited the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne along with Dr Blaire Morgan, as part of a cross-cultural project called Taking Thanks for Granted. Whilst in Australia, Liz and Blaire delivered a public lecture at St Peter’s College, Adelaide, where they were honoured with Rex J Lipman Fellowships.

Liz is currently working on The Psychological Development of Character: Emotion, Identity and Phronesis project.

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 4813


Room 1242
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


  • PhD Theology and Religious Studies, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge - Thesis: An Interdisciplinary Evaluation and Theological Enrichment of Positive Psychology 
  • BSc Psychology (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, BPS accredited 
  • MPhil Theology and Religious Studies, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge - Thesis: Theological and Psychological Aspects of Forgiveness 
  • BA (Hons), now MA, Theology, Trinity College, University of Oxford  


Gulliford, L. & Morgan, B. (in press). The meaning and valence of gratitude in positive psychology, in Brown, N.J.L., Lomas, T. & Eiroa Orosa, F.J. (eds) Critical Positive Psychology. London: Routledge.

Gulliford, L & Kristjansson, K. (in press). Five historic philosophers discuss human flourishing and happiness in positive psychology: A speculative dialogue in three acts, in Brown, N., Lomas, T. & Eiroa Orosa, F. (eds) Critical Positive Psychology. London: Routledge.

Gulliford, L. (in press). Strengths and virtues: An integrated approach, in White, M., W. Slemp, G. R., & Murray, S. (Eds.) Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organisations, and Policy. Springer.

Morgan, B. & Gulliford, L. (in press). Assessing influences on gratitude experience: age-related differences in how gratitude is understood and experienced, in Tudge, J. & Frietas. L. (eds). Developing Gratitude, Cambridge: CUP.

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L., & Kristjansson, K. (in press). A new approach to examining moral virtues: The Multi-Component Gratitude Measure. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 179-89.

Gulliford, L. (2016) ‘Psychology’s contribution to ethics: Two cases studies’, in: Brand, C. (ed.) Can psychology replace ethics? On the potentials and risks of empirical research into human morality for our ethical self-image, Springer-VS.

Gulliford, L and Morgan, B. (2016) ‘An Empirical Exploration of the Normative Dimensions of Gratitude’ in: Carr, D. (ed.) Gratitude: An interdisciplinary approach, Routledge.

Gulliford, L. (2016). The word thief, in Brand, C.(ed.) Can psychology replace ethics? On the potentials and risks of empirical research into human morality for our ethical self-image. Berlin: Springer-VS.

Gulliford, L. & Morgan, B. (2016). Taking thanks for granted: Unravelling the concept of gratitude in a developmental cross-cultural analysis, Report for the Society for Educational Studies (SES).

Carr, D., Morgan, B. & Gulliford, L. (2015). Learning and teaching virtuous gratitude. Oxford Review of Education, 41 (6), 766-781.

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L. and Carr, D. (2015) ‘Educating gratitude: Some conceptual and moral misgivings’, Journal of Moral Education, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 97-111.

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L. and Kristjansson, K. (2014) ‘Gratitude in the UK: A new prototype analysis and a cross-cultural comparison’, Journal of Positive Psychology 9 (4), 281-294.

Gulliford, L., Morgan, B. and Kristjansson, K. (2013) ‘Recent work on the concept of gratitude in philosophy and psychology’, Journal of Value Inquiry, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 285-377.

Gulliford, L. (2013). ‘The head and the heart of the matter in hope and forgiveness’, in: F.N. Watts & G. Dumbreck (Eds.), Head and heart: Perspectives from religion and psychology, West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, pp. 273-312.

Watts, F., Dutton, K. and Gulliford, L. (2006) 'Human spiritual qualities: Integrating psychology and religion', Mental Health, Religion and Culture, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 277-289.

Watts, F. & Gulliford, L. (eds) (2004) Forgiveness in context: Theology and psychology in creative dialogue, London & New York: T&T Clark International.