Research Interests and Academic CV
This page lists my current areas of interest (in no particular order), though I'm always interested in the overlap between different domains, and how methods, ideas, and techniques from one can be used in others. This is followed by an overview of my Academic CV, skills, and experience.
If you would be interested in collaborating on work related to any of these topics, or any others, please get in touch.
All aspects of integrating educational programmes and the benefits and challenges of such undertakings
Emotion in all its forms; the structure of affect, theories of emotion, and how they interact with our cognitive processes.
Standard setting, formats, delivery, the underlying assumptions; how assessment drives learning and whether it should or not.
Equality of access, encouraging participation across higher education and beyond
Particularly in educational contexts and using virtual patients to explore team working, decision-making, or the use of virtual reality patient-perspectives to develop empathy skills.
Philosophy of emotion and emotional experience and the problems raised by issues of identity, self, and reality. Issues of society, politics and language also intrigue me.
Reasoning and decision-making in general, but particularly how evidence is evaluated and incorporated into the social processes of deciding.
Any new and interesting applications of statistical techniques, particularly those designed to overcome specific methodological problems.
2008 - 2013 PhD "Mood, Emotive Content, and Reasoning"
2007 - 2008 MSc Psychological Research Methods, Distinction
2004 - 2007 BSc (Honours) Psychology, 1st Class
Memberships and Affiliations
Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (inc. Registered Data Analyst)
Academy of Medical Educators, AoME (FAcadMEd)
Association for Medical Education in Europe, AMEE
Association for Dental Education in Europe, ADEE
Association for the Study of Medical Education , ASME
International Association for Dental Researchers, IADR
British Society for Oral and Dental Research, BSODR
Community and Primary Care Research Group (University of Plymouth)
Division of Education and Scholarship (University of Plymouth)
International Network for Health Workforce Education, INHWE
Carers and Parents Network, University of Plymouth
Collaboration for Compassion in Healthcare Education, University of Plymouth
LGBT+ Allies Network, University of Plymouth
Faculty Research Ethics and Integrity Committee (University of Plymouth Faculty of Health)
I regularly work with R, SPSS, AMOS, Microsoft Excel, Word, Publisher, and Powerpoint. I've also used MLwiN, E-Prime, Visual Basic, Dreamweaver and other Adobe creative suite applications, Google drive applications, and LaTeX for data collection, analysis, and dissemination of my work.
I have used and developed a range of assessment and psychometric measures, am WASI trained, apply and adapt quantitative analysis techniques on a daily basis, and have experience of qualitative methodologies including interviewing, focus groups, and transcription.
Alongside lecturing, I have recently developed modules on Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in Dentistry, and Teaching Evidence Based Medicine for the Medical University of Lodz, Poland, and have begun working as a subject matter expert for CommsMultilingual. I have also been granted registered Data Analyst status with the Royal Statistical Society, through which, alongside my Fellowship of the society, I am part of the 'Statisticians for Society' project which offers pro bono statistical support to charitable organisations.
Lecturer in Assessment Psychometrics, University of Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (Faculty of Health), continuing from my previous role, as well as managing the Psychometrics Team, supporting assessment and research across the medical, dental, dental therapy and hygiene, physician associate, clinical education, and diagnostic radiography programmes. Research on assessment, equality, and integration, among other topics, as well as additional work in the areas of clinical skills, simulation, and rehabilitation, and projects funded by medical and dental regulators.
Senior Assessment Psychometrician, University of Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (Faculty of Health); see above.
Lecturer in Psychology, Plymouth University. Teaching Social Psychology, Environmental Psychology, and Critical Thinking, as well as statistics and research methods.
Appointed as an Editor of the PsyPAG Quarterly. Voluntary research consultancy on an NHS service evaluation of the input of Clinical Psychologists to a paediatric diabetes team. Working as a Research Assistant with the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.
Conducting WASI assessments on members of an Autism support group in Plymouth as part of an ongoing research project; Working as an assessor for OCR.
Providing voluntary research consultancy and support for an ongoing NHS research project based around a sex-offender treatment programme and its effectiveness.
PhD research into the effects of emotion from a range of sources on reasoning tasks; Teaching statistics and research methods to undergraduate psychology students at the University of Plymouth; Marking and assessment across a range of topics and methods.
Masters dissertation on the effects of mood and content in syllogistic reasoning.
Undergraduate dissertation project on the effects of assessment anxiety on reasoning.
Assisting with teaching maths and science at The William Allitt Secondary School as part of the Student Associate Scheme with Exeter University.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate representative, liaising with fellow students, staff, and programme committees
Working as a member of a support team for new students to Burton College as part of an initiative to improve completion rates on AS and A2 courses.
Voluntary teaching work in Stanton Primary School.
Example Teaching Sessions and Educational Roles
BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
Introduction to Statistics in Research
BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene
The Brain: An Overview - Introduction to Neuroanatomy
Statistics and Research Methods
MSc Clinical Education and MSc Global Health
Research Designs and Data Analysis
Blueprinting, Standard Setting, and Psychometrics
Statistics and Research Methods Clinics
Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery
Problem Based Learning session facilitation
Enquiry Based Learning session facilitation
'Doctors as Educators' session facilitation
Support and facilitation of Student-Selected Components in Research
Statistics and Research Methods Clinics
Prizes and Awards Coordinator
Case-Unit Block Lead
Environmental Psychology (Module Lectures) - BSc (Hons) Psychology
Environmental Psychology: Its scope and assumptions
Environmental Stress I: Its nature and effects
Environmental Stress II: Crowding and other stressors
Orienting to the Environment: Cognitive Maps
Crime, Defensible Space, and Neighbourhoods
Resource Conservation I: Managing the ‘Commons Dilemma’
Resource Conservation II: Psychological Approaches and Interventions
Environmental Attitudes: Cultural Representations and Environmental Philosophies
Environmental design: Taking the user into account
Psychology of Place: Identity and Attachment
Critical Thinking (Module Lectures) - BSc (Hons) Psychology
Why is thinking hard?
Knowledge, Beliefs, and Science
The Scientific Method I
The Scientific Method II
Fallacies in Arguments
Decomposition and Structure of Arguments
Potential Pitfalls in Study Design
Objectivity and Subjectivity
BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Psychological Research Methods
Qualitative Research in Psychology
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Planning, Conducting, and Transcribing Qualitative Research Interviews
The Science of Human Behaviour
The Ethics of Psychological Research
How do you find out the age of a tree? - Simple Linear Regression
How do you find out the age of a tree? - Multiple Regression
Analysis of Variance and Related Techniques
Summer School - BSc (Hons) Psychology
Measures of Variability and Z-Scores
Probability and Sampling Distributions