Dr Stefan Schilling

Ph.D., FHEA, MSc., M.A.

Research Fellow

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Stefan Schilling


I am currently a UKRI/ESRC funded Research Fellow researching “Rapidly formed COVID-19 teams in the NHS": at the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Public Health, of Oxford Brookes, focusing on implications for leadership, team-working, career intentions and individual mental health of NHS personnel deployed to COVID-19 teams.

Areas of expertise

  • Cohesion
  • Teamwork
  • Collective Appraisal
  • Leadership
  • Task-organised Teams 


My research focuses on Cohesion, Leadership, Social Identity and Social Support and Collective Appraisal in occupational and task-organised teams. I have conducted large exploratory studies with the Royal Marines, and accompanied various military units on military exercises overseas, and have been involved with military ethics training and devised leadership training for entrepreneurs.

Research grants and awards

Connelly, V., Carding, P., Schilling, S., Morrison, Z., & Bricknell, M. UKRI/ ESRC (£304,935.67) Rapidly formed COVID-19 teams in the NHS - Implications for leadership, team-working, career intentions and individual mental healthawarded October 2020



Further details

Other experience

Prior to my current post I've worked as Lecturer at KCL's Defence Studies Department and from 2012-2019 as the School Research Manager for the School of Security Studies at King's College London, responsible for grant development and funding support for academics at the War Studies Department and the Department of Defence Studies of KCL. Before joining King’s, I worked at the University of Heidelberg as a Teaching Assistant, supporting courses on U.S. Foreign Policy, Military Interventions and Foreign Policy Analysis, and worked at the German Council of Foreign Relations, organising conferences on NATO strategy in Afghanistan.

I hold an MSc in Psychology (Dist.) an M.A. in Political Science and Political Science of South Asia and a Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy, and have studied at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Toronto and Shanghai International Studies University.