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Abertay academic elected to prestigious British Psychological Society position

9 April 2015

Dr Scott Hardie from Abertay University has been elected as the next Chair of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Scottish Branch.

The Scottish Branch exists to promote and advance psychology as a whole, but with particular relevance to Scotland.

It represents more than 4000 members in Scotland, covering all areas of psychology from clinicians, forensic psychologists and neuropsychologists, to counselling psychologists, occupational psychologists and academics.

As such, it also plays an important role in the promotion of psychology as a profession, and runs events such as the Annual Undergraduate Project Conference for more than 300 third and fourth year psychology students from across the country each year.

Scott is a Professional Psychologist, registered with the BPS as both a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and as an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS).

He has served on the branch committee for the last three years as Treasurer and Deputy Chair, and will serve one year as Chair Elect, followed by a year in office.

At Abertay, Scott is currently the Director of Research Degrees for the School of Social and Health Sciences and leads the Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to Behaviour research group.

He has worked at Abertay since 1996, and has over 20 years of research experience, producing over 29 high quality peer-reviewed publications in a diverse range of areas.

One major focus revolves around how biology and evolution influence the way that humans interact with the world, and how these influence their personality and response style.

However, his research also encompasses primates in their natural habitat, aspects of handedness and personality, hormones, emotional processing, children and their use of computer games, recovery in mental health and much more besides.

Throughout his body of work, a major focus has been the application of psychological science and the empirical testing of theories.

Congratulating Scott on his appointment, Andrea Cameron – Head of Abertay’s School of Social and Health Sciences – said:

“I'm delighted that Scott has been elected to this role. Apart from the direct connection to the professional body which is of great importance as we reform our curriculum, it's also good that Scott will be able to ensure that the profession has heightened awareness of the excellent research work that he and his colleagues are involved in.”


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