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Personal Statement

Joanne is Course Director for the BA Psychology degree, is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. Joanne is class leader for several classes across Psychology's undergraduate degree programme. She designs and delivers high quality research-led teaching materials, undertakes learning, assessment, and feedback activities, and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations. A compassionate pedagogy underlies her approach, valuing each student with consideration of background. She recognises the importance of widening access mentoring care experienced students and providing support throughout their academic journey. Joanne values education and supports students in realizing their potential. She is recognised as being a supportive teacher receiving annual nominations for Teaching Excellence Awards for 'Engagement with Students' and 'Going the Extra Mile' in 2021, and 'Outstanding Feedback on Assessment' in 2020. Joanne also received the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2021 recognising her contribution within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. Joanne engages in both domain-specific and pedagogical research via the supervisory role. She sits on several internal committees and working groups at School, Faculty and University level, and has external roles with professional organisations. 

Teaching Interests

BA Undergraduate Psychology

Course Director, BA Psychology

C8422 Psychology of Physical Activity Class Leader

C8472 Critical Thinking and Common-Sense Reasoning 

C8426/C8427 Dissertation

Online MSc Psychology with a specialisation in *Business

C8980 CHIP&ID: Modularity of Mind.

C8924 & C8984 Psychobiology and Cognitive Psychology: Mapping Brain Structure to Function.

C8982 Research Design and Analyses in Psychology: Null Hypothesis Testing, Multiple Regression, and Questionnaire and Survey Design.

Research Interests

Joanne is passionate about the psychology of physical activity. She has been involved in a number of research projects that aimed to improve psychological and physical health outcomes in stroke survivors by increasing levels of physical activity. Joanne is also interested in imposter phenomenon and its relationship with other constructs such as perceived belonging, academc stress, perfectionsim and psychological distress. Other interests of Joanne's include cognitive measurement in those who have sustained brain trauma and methodologies such as the N-of-1 approach. 

Academic / Professional qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

C.Psycholol and AFBPsS of the British Psychological Society

PhD. University of Strathclyde

MRes in Psychology. University of Strathclyde

BSc Honours in Psychology. Glasgow Caledonian University

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde

Award Date: 12 Nov 2014

Master of Research, University Of Strathclyde

Award Date: 5 Nov 2010

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University

Award Date: 9 Jul 2009

External positions

BPS UG Education Committee Member, BPS Education Section

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