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 story 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

Kimber, C and Frings, D and Cox, S and Albery, I and Dawkins, L The effects of the European E-cigarette health warning and comparative health messages on non-smokers' and smokers' risk perceptions and behavioural intentions: study protocol. BMC Public Health,

Wills, J and Kelly, M and Frings, D Nurses as role models in health promotion: piloting the acceptability of a social marketing campaign.. Journal of Advanced Nursing, DOI 10.1111/jan.13874

Frings, D and Isabel, PR They did it again! Social control responses to repeated incidences of deviance in small groups. Revista de Psicología Social, DOI 10.1080/02134748.2018.1482055

Frings, D and Rice, K and Albery, IP The effects of religion and stereotype content on verdicts and sentence severity when defending terror charges.. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice,

Kolubinski, DC and Frings, D and Nikčević, AV and Lawrence, JA and Spada, MM A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of CBT Interventions Based on the Fennell Model of Low Self-Esteem. Psychiatry Research, 267. 296-305. DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.06.025

Vasiljevic, M and Couturier, D-L and Frings, D and Moss, AC and Albery, IP and Marteau, TM Impact of lower strength alcohol labelling on consumption: A randomised controlled trial. Health Psychology, DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000622

Marino, C and Moss, AC and Vieno, A and Albery, IP and Frings, D and Spada, MM Parents' drinking motives and problem drinking predict their children's drinking motives, alcohol use and substance misuse. Addictive Behaviors, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.03.028

Johnson, HL and Albery, IP and Frings, D and Moss, AC STI-protective Self-efficacy and Binge Drinking in a Sample of University Students in the United Kingdom. Sexual and Reproductive HealthCare, 17. 19-25. DOI 10.1016/j.srhc.2018.05.004

Marshall, SW and Albery, IP and Frings, D Who stays in addiction treatment groups? Anxiety and avoidant attachment styles predict treatment retention and relapse.. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 25. 525-531. DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2187

Wood, KV and Albery, IP and Moss, AC and White, S and Frings, D Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of Allen Carr’s Easyway programme versus Lambeth and Southwark NHS service for smoking cessation.. BMJ Open, DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016867

More publications at LSBU Research Open

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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