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    Research interests

    My research interests focus on the psychology of education, particularly student engagement and motivation and the variables that affect and are affected by these. I primarily conduct quantitative research but also have extensive experience of qualitative research. I am currently leading a research project investigating how GCSE students evaluate teacher messages about their exams and how this affects their academic emotions, student engagement and GCSE grades. 


    Whilst working towards my PhD in psychology, I worked as a Sessional Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University from 2004 to 2009. I then joined the Department of Social and Psychological Sciences at Edge Hill University as a Research Assistant, in which I worked on several educational psychology projects. I also became an Associate Tutor in the same department, where I remained, on a casual basis, until 2016. I joined the research team in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University in October 2013. In my position as Senior Research Fellow, I conduct high-quality research, supervise PhD students, mentor academic staff with their research and serve as editor and reviewer for several academic journals. I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and an active member of the BPS Psychology of Education Section committee.


    I have extensive experience of teaching research methods, experimental design, data analysis and the psychology of education (teaching, learning and instruction) to students ranging from levels 3 to 7.

    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
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education

    Education/Academic qualification

    Psychology, PhD, Liverpool John Moores University

    Award Date: 11 May 2010

    Psychology, BSc, University of Central Lancashire

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2002

    Other positions

    Associate Tutor, Edge Hill University

    20 Sep 201531 Jul 2016

    Associate Tutor, Edge Hill University

    7 Jan 201231 Jul 2013

    Database Assistant, Liverpool John Moores University

    8 Jun 20082 Feb 2009

    Research Assistant, Liverpool John Moores University

    2 Sep 20073 Mar 2008

    Sessional Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

    16 Sep 20047 Jan 2009


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