I’m a Lecturer in Psychology and a member of the Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to Behaviour Research Group.
I joined 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 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 am 1st year co-ordinator for psychology and am module leader for PSY101 Introductory Psychology 1, PSY102 Introductory Psychology 2, PSY103 Evidence-based thinking: scientific approaches to studying human behaviour and PSY210 Research Methods - Direct Entrants. In addition to this I contribute to teaching on PSY510 Introductory Psychology for Masters; PSY303 Research Methods in Psychology, PSY204 Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods and PSY201 Social Psychology and Research Methods. I also run two workshops for PSY410 Psychology Honours Project and contribute to GRS501 Research Methods which is the university wide research methods module taken by all taught postgraduate students across the university.
I am a member of the Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to Behaviour Research Group (EBAB) and my research interests centre on gender differences and on women. In the past I have examined the effects of PMS on mother's attitudes to children and took part in the development of a website for survivors of rape and sexual abuse.My research surrounds changes in psychological functions relating to phases of the menstrual cycle
I am willing to supervise students in any of these or related areas, and we offer the following research degrees: one-year MSc by Research, two-year MPhil or three-year PhD. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01382 308587.
McAra N (1999). The Premenstrual Syndrome: Affects on mothers' perceptions of their children's behaviour. Annual Dissertation Conference, University of Dundee, March 1999.
McAra N (1999). The reluctant feminist: A personal account. Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section, Manchester 1st - 3rd July 1999.
McAra N (2010). Ovulation prediction: Pinpointing ovulation in natural menstrual cycles. PsyPag Annual Conference, Sheffield 21st – 23rd July 2010
McAra N. (2011). I don't want to talk about it: Why are young women reluctant to participate in menstrual cycle research? Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section. Windsor 13th – 15th July 2011
McAra, N., Wright, L., & Hardie, S.M. (under review). 'Menstruation: The Good the Bad and the Bloody'. Sage Open. (Open Access)
McAra, N., & Wright, L, (2011) I don't want to talk about it: Why are young women reluctant to participate in menstrual cycle research? Psychology of Women Review, 13 (1), 17 - 22
Peiris D R, Gregor P, Williams B P, Fraser K, McAra., N., & Cummings S (2002) Computer-based counselling tools for women survivors of sexual violence
I have been a STEM ambassador since 2009 and was a judge for Big Bang Scotland in 2011, 2012 and 2013.