Fay Julal Cnossen

Colleges, School and Institutes


Fay Julal completed her BA (Hons) and MSc at Lancaster University, where she first became interested in adult attachment theory. Fay went on to complete a PhD examining attachment and caregiving in young adulthood under the supervision of Dr Katherine Carnelley at the University of Southampton.

Before coming to Birmingham, Fay was Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Exercise and Social Science, Southampton Solent University. 

Research interests

Fay’s primary interest lies in attachment and caregiving experiences in parent – adult-child and adult-adult (e.g., romantic) relationships.  She is particularly interested in the implications of change in attachment networks over time. Fay is also interested in students’ problem-coping and support-seeking, in particular their use of social support networks and student support services.


  • BA (Hons) Psychology (Lancaster University)
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods (Lancaster University)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Southampton)
  • PGCLT (HE ) (Southampton Solent University)