I am the Academic Advisor for the School of Applied Sciences and as such I offer direct support to students on issues such as eligibility for extensions, deferrals, missed studies, and liaise with academic staff and student services staff to help students progress. I offer advice on university procedures and regulations that might affect students’ progress and advise students on progression panel decisions. I also support students undertaking appeals, helping them prepare their case by directing them to the appropriate regulations and support services. I provide academic input to Fitness to Study panels, and in conjunction with the HoDs, investigate cases of academic misconduct/plagiarism. I also represent the School at Student Disciplinary Panels for academic misconduct
I am a Lecturer in Psychology and began working at Abertay in 1999 part time and became a full-time lecturer in 2006, having previously taught Psychology at the Open University and at Dundee College.
My research interests focus on gender differences and on women – for example changes in psychological functions, mood and wellbeing relating to phases of the menstrual cycle.
I hold an MA (Hons) Psychology and an MSc in Applied Computing, both from the University of Dundee as well as a PgCert HET and an MPhil from Abertay University. I’m also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
I have been a STEM ambassador since 2009 and am actively involved in outreach activities including judging Big Bang Scotland.
I currently teach research methods and statistics in second and third year I am module lead for PSY206 Essential Research Methods and Analysis for Psychology and PSY420 Work-Based Learning. I teach into PSY303 Advanced Research, Design and Analysis, PSY210 Research Methods (Direct Entry) and contribute to PSY410 Psychology Honours Project.