BETHANY THOMAS

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    Biography

    I am a current PhD research student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology, working towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. I am an ambassador for Women in Games (WIGJ).

    In my current project I am exploring the digital gaming domain and gender in stigmatised settings - with Dr Linda Kaye (director of studies) and Dr Andy Levy. 

    Research interests

    In my current PhD research, I am exploring the construction of gamer identity and the intersection with players gender identity, and how this varies across gaming contexts. Additionally, I am investigating the salience of gamer identity and the expression of this via players online language. I am particularly interested in exploring why female participation in the gaming community is restricted and stigmatised. 

    I am investigating independent and autonomous learning in higher education, specifically considering the perspectives of female-identifying postgraduate research STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students. This small-scale qualitative project is part of my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education at Edge Hill University.

    In my previous studies at the University of Chester I investigated gender differences in spatial ability and the effects of a stereotype threat on performance, with a focus of increasing and maintaining female engagement in STEM. In my studies at The University of Sheffield, I investigated the influence of language on reuse intentions/behaviour for plastic food packaging.

    I am broadly interested in exploring gender identity, gender in stigmatised settings, digital/video games, barriers to STEM, imposter syndrome, qualitative research methods and open science.

    Teaching

    The modules I currently teaching and have taught on include: 

    PSY1109: Essential Skill in Applied Psychology

    PSY1111: Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology

    PSY2117: Applying Psychology

    Education/Academic qualification

    Psychological research methods with Advances statistics, MSc, Does language effect consumers’ willingness to reuse plastic food packaging?

    Oct 2020Oct 2021

    Award Date: 28 Oct 2021

    Psychology, BSc, Assessing gender differences in spatial ability and the effects of a stereotype threat on performance.

    Sep 2017Jul 2020

    Award Date: 2 Jul 2020

    Keywords

    • BF Psychology

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