BETHANY THOMAS

    20232023

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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 explored 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 was conducted as 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 have taught on include: 

    PSY1109: Essential Skill in Applied Psychology, PSY1111: Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology, PSY2117: Applying Psychology, PSY2112: Developmental Psychology, PSY2114: Cognitive Psychology, PSY2115: Biological Psychology and, PSY2116: Research methods and data analysis.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    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.

    Sept 2017Jul 2020

    Award Date: 2 Jul 2020

    Higher Education, PGCert, Developing practices in higher education to promote independent learning: considerations from female-identifying STEM post-graduate research students., Edge Hill University

    Jan 2022Jul 2023

    Keywords

    • BF Psychology

    Research Groups

    • Inclusion, Diversity and Identity Research Network (Education)

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