Dr Daniel Frings

Dan Frings

Associate Professor

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    Applied Sciences / Psychology

Dr Daniel Frings gained his PhD from the University of Kent in 2008 and, after a short period as a visiting researcher at University of California, Santa Barbara, joined London South Bank University the same year. He was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2015.

Since joining LSBU in 2007, Dr Daniel Frings has developed his research interests in social identity and group psychology, conducting both basic research and applied research with partners such as the MOD and the London Metropolitan police service. This has received funding from a variety of sources including the Economic Social Research Council, the British Academy, Alcohol Research UK and Cancer Research UK. During this process, Dr Frings has developed a track record of securing funding and producing international peer-reviewed publications.

Within LSBU, he currently serves as Vice Chair of the University Ethics Committee. He has experience with teaching and course design at all Higher Education levels, as well as being the Programme Director for the BSc Undergraduate Psychology courses from 2010-13.

Dr Daniel Frings currently teaches social psychology on a number of modules:

BSc Psychology

  • Exploring Psychological Approaches
  • Exploring Real World Psychology
  • Introducing Real World Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2
  • Psychology of Behaviour with Others
  • Psychology of Group Processes

MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling

  • Advanced Addiction Psychology

MSc Psychology

  • Social Behaviour

In addition, he is involved in supervising a number of PhD students:

  • Lee Johnson (Full time: 2011/12- Present):  Alcohol and sexual interactions (completed pending corrections)
  • Nelli Aihio (Full Time 2012/13-Present): Improving victim satisfaction with secondary investigation (working with London Metropolitan Police Service)
  • Louise Campbell (Part time: 2013/14-Present): Social identity and motorbiking risk perception
  • Guilherme Welter Wendt (Full time 2013/14-Present): Personality traits and motivation in callous unemotional children. In collaboration with Goldsmiths University (Students Without Borders funded)
  • Selina Fuller (Part time 2014/15-Present). Stereotype threat effects affecting the police and witnesses with mental health issues

Read our case study by Dr Frings on how the collaborative atmosphere at LSBU helps our students develop and guides our academic research too.

Dr Daniel Frings is interested primarily in both intra and intergroup process, and the application of motivational approaches to understand them. His research is split broadly into four streams.

Social identities

How they can be utilised to improve health outcomes, increase employee retention and generally have beneficial effects on group members. He is currently addressing the question of how group identity affects treatment outcome amongst addicts. Other research in this area links the social identity of police officers with psychological resilience.

Group/team membership and performance

Dr Frings also has a continuing interest how groups monitor themselves to protect individual members from the effects of impairing factors such as fatigue and alcohol intoxication. This research has been funded by the ESRC, and has involved collaboration with the MOD.


His third stream of research investigates the underlying motivational states drive behaviour. Working within the biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat, Dr Frings uses physiological measures which index psychological states. Current research links this with responses to deviance, performance of sports-people and visual search strategies.


The main focus of this stream is the development of the Social Identity model of Cessation Maintenance (SIMCM; Frings and Albery 2015; 2016). This model describes how social identities associated with addiction and recovery operate at implicit and explicit levels to affect behaviour (including maintenance of cessation). Other work in this includes the physiological effects of craving and desire, the effects of public health messages on attention and behaviour, the effects of e-cigarette advertising on cognition.


Dr Frings regularly publishes in a wide range of international peer reviewed journals (Including Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Journal of Addictive Behaviors and Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice). His research has been funded by a variety of institutions including the Economic Social Research Council and the British Academy. He is also a member of the European Association of Social Psychology. He regularly reviews for top ranked Psychology journals, and is an invited member of the ESRC Peer Review College.

Dr Frings also sits on the University Research Ethics Committee so has an understanding of the key issues surrounding research with human participants.

His specialist areas include:

  • Social psychology
  • Group psychology and performance
  • Motivational processes
  • Social identity
  • Addiction

Most recent publications

Vasiljevic, M and Couturier, D-L and Frings, D and Moss, A and Albery, IP and Marteau, TM Impact of lower strength alcohol labelling on consumption: A randomised controlled trial. Health Psychology,

Frings, D and Moss, AC and Albery, IP and Eskisan, G and WIlcockson, T and Marchant, A Environmental context influences visual attention to responsible drinking messages. Alcohol and Alcoholism,

Frings, D and Albery, IP and Monk, RL The whys and the hows of psychosocial approaches to addiction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 47. 115-117. DOI 10.1111/jasp.12440

Aihio, N and Frings, D and Wilcock, R and Burrell, P Crime Victims’ Demographics Inconsistently Relate to Self-Reported Vulnerability. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 24. 379-391. DOI 10.1080/13218719.2016.1247418

Frings, D and Albery, IP and Rolph, K and Leczfalvy, A and Smaczny, S and Moss, A Dyads experience over confidence in hand-eye coordination skills after placebo alcohol. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 3. 86-91. DOI 10.1111/jasp.12418

Stautz, K and Albery, IP and Frings, D and Moss, AC and Marteau, T Impact of alcohol promoting and alcohol warning advertisements on alcohol consumption, affect, and implicit cognition in heavy drinking young adults: a laboratory-based randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Health Psychology, 22. 128-150. DOI 10.1111/bjhp.12221

Albery, IP and Lowry, J and Frings, D and Johnson, HL and Hogan, C and Moss, AC Exploring the Relationship between Sexual Compulsivity and Attentional Bias to Sex-Related Words in a Cohort of Sexually Active Individuals.. European Addiction Research, 23. 1 - 6. DOI 10.1159/000448732

Albery, IP and Wilcockson, T and Frings, D and Moss, AC and Caselli, G and Spada, MM Examining the relationship between selective attentional bias for food- and body-related stimuli and purging behaviour in bulimia nervosa. Appetite, 107. 208 - 212. DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2016.08.006

Marino, C and Vieno, A and Pastore, M and Albery, IP and Frings, D and Spada, MM Modeling the contribution of personality, social identity and social norms to problematic Facebook use in adolescents.. Addictive Behaviors, 63. 51 - 56. DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.07.001

Frings, D and Collins, M and Long, G and Pinto, IR and Albery, IP A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance: The content and role of social control. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 3. 77-85. DOI 10.1016/j.abrep.2016.02.003

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A full member of the European Association of Social Psychologists

  • Member of ESRC Peer Review College
  • External Examiner for Buckinghamshire New University
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Social Psychology
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