Dr Nellinne Ranaweera

Lecturer in Psychology

School/Department: Psychology, School of



I am a Lecturer in Psychology, a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I joined University of Leicester on a full-time basis in February 2021 and worked at King’s College London part-time for a year as a Teaching Fellow in Psychology. I completed my dual honours BSc degree Music and Psychology and Master of Research at University of Keele. I then completed my PhD in 2020 on the role of leisure activities in musicians’ health and wellbeing at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University.


My research interests are in positive psychology, music psychology, work-life balance and enhancing health and wellbeing in everyday life.



2021: Ranaweera, N. A. The art of music making for health and wellbeing. British Psychological Society, West Midlands branch newsletter.

2019: Lamont, A., & Ranaweera, N. A. Knit One, Play One: Comparing the Effects of Amateur Knitting and Amateur Music Participation on Happiness and Wellbeing. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 1-20. DOI:10.1007/s11482-019-09734-z

2015: Perera, N. A. Music vs. knitting for enhanced wellbeing. Under construction journal 1 (1, 28-39).


I would supervise topics relating to health and wellbeing, positive psychology interventions/practices.


I teach primarily across the MSc Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Psychology of Work distance learning programmes and the campus based MSc Psychology programme. I also teach on the campus based undergraduate psychology programme. I supervise Masters Dissertations at postgraduate level.


  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Registered member at the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DART-P) at British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)
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