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    Whilst working towards my PhD in Psychology, I taught for five years as a Sessional Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and also worked as a Research Assistant in Psychology at Edge Hill University for 18 months. I completed my PhD in 2010. I then worked as an Associate Tutor in Psychology at Edge Hill University, before joining the research team in the Faculty of Education, also at Edge Hill University, in 2013. After seven years, I left my role of Senior Research Fellow to return to the Department of Psychology as Senior Lecturer in 2020. I have since achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

    Alongside my employed position, I became a Chartered Psychologist in 2014 and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2017. I am Associate Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and serve on the editorial boards of Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology and Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal. I regularly examine PhDs and peer review for several international journals. 

    I am Programme Leader for the Specialist Pathways in Psychology (Educational Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Psychology and Criminology).

    Research interests

    My research interests focus on the psychology of education, particularly student motivation and achievement and the variables that affect and are affected by these, such as test anxiety, achievement emotions, perceptions of control and value, student perceptions of teacher messages, academic self-concept, wellbeing at school and in general, and student-teacher relationships.


    The modules I teach on are:

    EDP3106: Student Motivation and Engagement (Module Leader)

    EDP1001: Introduction to Educational Psychology (Module Leader)

    EDP2004: The Psychology of Teaching, Learning and Instruction

    PSY1117: Real World Psychology

    PSY3135: Psychology Undergraduate Dissertation

    Supervision: MRes and PhD Psychology

    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, Using an extended theory of planned behaviour to investigate sleep impaired driving , Liverpool John Moores University

    Award Date: 11 May 2010


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