Eleanor Clarke

Cumberland Lodge Fellow, 2022-24


Eleanor is studying a PhD in Psychology at Edge Hill University. With a strong passion for working to improve mental health, her research focuses on how people use social interaction to alleviate loneliness, an issue that was brought to light whilst working as a Psychological Well-being Practitioner for MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust during the pandemic.

Eleanor is designing a series of studies to investigate facial social cues such as smiles, eye gaze and pupillometry, alongside a longitudinal project considering how people identify internal constructs such as loneliness, self-esteem, depression and anxiety. 

As a Psychological Well-being Practitioner, Eleanor was a champion for staff well-being and computerised therapeutic interventions. Now she is social media lead of the Cognition, Emotion and Behaviour research group at Edge Hill, and helps to lead a Post-Graduate Researchers Network. 

Outside of academia, Eleanor has enjoyed working on community projects with charities such as Samaritans, Daisy UK, the Royal British Legion, Dogs Trust and Zoe’s Place. 

During her undergraduate degree from Liverpool Hope University, Eleanor was awarded a Service and Leadership Award recognising volunteering efforts helping pilgrims in Lourdes for five summers and teaching young women in Tamil Nadu, India.