Dr Alinka Greasley

Dr Alinka Greasley


Dr Greasley is Associate Professor in Music Psychology in the School of Music at Leeds. Her expertise lies in the field of social psychology of music in which she uses different theoretical approaches (e.g. positivist, constructivist) and research methodologies (survey, interviews, experience sampling) to explore people’s everyday musical behaviour across time and in naturally occurring contexts. She has published her work in mainstream (e.g. Qualitative Research in Psychology) and domain-specific (e.g. Musicae Scientiae, Psychology of Music) peer-reviewed journals and book chapters (OUP, Ashgate) and is an on-going contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology on the topics of musical preferences and music listening behaviour. She is Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; and a member of the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research. She is also a violinist, pianist and DJ.

Associate Professor of Music Psychology (2016 - present)

Chartered Psychologist (BPS, CPsychol)(since May 2016)
Lecturer in Music Psychology (2009 - 2015)
Programme Leader (MA Applied Psychology of Music)(2012-2014, 2015 – present)
Admissions Tutor (UG)(2012 – 2015)
Admissions Tutor (TPG)(2013/14)
Member of Faculty Ethics Committee (PVAR FREC)(2013 – 2018
Deputy Chair of PVAR FREC (2015 – 2018)



  • Programme Leader (MA Applied Psychology of Music)
  • Principal Investigator (AHRC-funded Hearing Aids for Music)
  • Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)

Research interests

Music listening behaviour; musical preferences; music perception with hearing aids; musicians' hearing; musicians' health and well-being; electronic dance music culture; club cultures, DJ performance.

I am interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students in any of the above areas.


<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD
  • BSc
  • CPsychol
  • FHEA

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist (BPS)
  • Fellow, HEA
  • Member, SEMPRE

Student education

I provide high quality research-led teaching in the field of music psychology at UG, PGT and PGR levels. This includes social psychology, developmental psychology, applied psychology, music psychology, research methods and statistics. 


Research groups and institutes

  • Music and Science

Current postgraduate research students

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>