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Role of research psychology in defence and security
  1. Fiona Butcher
  1. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Fiona Butcher, Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, PO17 6AD, UK; FDBUTCHER{at}


The following article provides an overview of the research psychology capabilities within MOD's Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl). An explanation is provided of the role of Dstl psychologists and the way they work to deliver impacting applied scientific research to address 'real world' defence and security challenges. Three short case studies are provided to illustrate the range of work they delivered.

  • psychology
  • military
  • health
  • counter terrorism

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. The 'Correspondence to' address was incorrect and abbreviation of 'Dstl' was also incorrect throughout the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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