Imperial College London

DrNejraVan Zalk

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Human Factors



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RCS 1M04ADyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Nejra van Zalk is a Senior Lecturer in psychology and human factors at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. She is Director of the Design Psychology Lab, focusing on understanding psychological mechanisms that govern human behaviour and emotions related to designing products, services, and interventions that benefit mental health. She is lead for the Imperial College Human Behaviour and Experience (HuBEx) network. 


If you are interested in joining the lab, please read through the following information.



Chard I, Van Zalk N, Picinali L, 2023, Virtual reality exposure therapy for reducing social anxiety associated with stuttering: the role of outcome expectancy, therapeutic alliance, presence and social presence, Frontiers in Virtual Reality, Vol:4, ISSN:2673-4192, Pages:1-15

Jenkinson G, Houghton N, van Zalk N, et al., 2023, Acceptability of automated robotic clinical breast examination: survey study, Journal of Participatory Medicine, Vol:15, ISSN:2152-7202, Pages:1-16

Tillfors M, Van Zalk N, Boersma K, et al., 2023, Longitudinal links between adolescent social anxiety and depressive symptoms: stressful experiences at home, in school and with peers, Nordic Psychology, ISSN:0029-1463, Pages:1-20

Chard I, van Zalk N, Picinali L, 2023, Virtual reality exposure therapy for reducing social anxiety in stuttering: a randomized controlled pilot trial, Frontiers in Digital Health, Vol:5, ISSN:2673-253X, Pages:1-14


Stedman H, Kocer BB, van Zalk N, et al., 2023, Evaluating immersive teleoperation interfaces: coordinating robot radiation monitoring tasks in nuclear facilities, 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE, Pages:11972-11978

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