Dr Alinka Greasley

Dr Alinka Greasley


I studied as an undergraduate at Aston University (BSc Human Psychology) and completed my postgraduate studies at Keele University (PhD in Psychology) under the supervision of Dr Alexandra Lamont and Professor John Sloboda. During my doctoral studies, I taught psychology undergraduates at Aston and Keele Universites, and completed a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (leading to FHEA status). After a year of postdoctoral work at Keele, I joined the School of Music at Leeds as Lecturer in Music Psychology. I also held part-time posts as Academic Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and Research Consultant at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I became an Associate Professor of Music Psychology in 2016, the same year that I became a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society. I provide high-quality research-led teaching in areas of music psychology, social psychology, applied psychology and research methods, and my research expertise lies within the field of social psychology of music in which I use different theoretical approaches and research methodologies to explore music listening behaviour across time and in naturally occurring contexts. I have published my 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 I am an on-going contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology on the topics of musical preferences and music listening behaviour. My latest research focuses on the listening experiences of people with differing levels of hearing loss who wear hearing aid technology (an overview of the project can be found here www.musicandhearingaids.org) but I also have an interest in musicians’ hearing and hearing protection, and musicians’ health and well-being more broadly. I am a violinist, having played in range of local, regional and national orchestras for nearly 30 years, and have been an electronic dance music DJ (predominantly drum and bass) since 2001 (www.soundcloud.com/djlinkz). I am also a member of the Yudansha family, and train with Leeds SKC.


  • 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 and hearing protection; musicians' health and well-being; music consumption and collecting; electronic dance music culture; DJ performance. I'm interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students in any of these 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, Science and Technology

Current postgraduate researchers

<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://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>