Kellyanne Findlay


  • United Kingdom

Personal profile

Personal Statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2003. My background is in vision science and this is reflected in my teaching and research.

I have been Deputy Head of School of Psychological Sciences and Health since August 2021.

I formed the Pedagogy and Scholarship group in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in 2019 and continue to chair this group.

From 2016-2022, I was the Course Leader for the MSc Psychology with a Specialisation in Business or Health conversion course.


Academic / Professional qualifications

Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 2011

Associate Fellow of the BPS since 2012.

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since March 2019

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2012

Teaching Interests

My main teaching interest relates to my background in vision science: visual perception and the visual system.

Visual system: I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students how information is processed from eye through to brain, indicating how and when these processes sometimes fail. As well as the mechanics of the visual system, I teach visual perception, including the development of visual perception in human infants. 

As well as teaching related to the visual system and visual perception, my teaching in the area of biological psychology includes sex and gender. This includes an overview of animal and human studies and a critical evaluation of the evidence for biological differences as the basis for behavioural gender differences.

Research Interests

My pedagogical research interests include;

  • best practise in online teaching and assessment;
  • use of technology in teaching, e.g. effectiveness of polling apps in teaching;
  • students' perceptions of success/failure;
  • the impact of fear of failure / attitudes towards failure on student outcomes.

My discipline-specific research focusses on depth perception, specifically binocular (stereoscopic) depth perception, and the functional impact of poor or absent stereoscopic depth perception.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Letter Recognition and Categorical Perception, Glasgow Caledonian University

Award Date: 10 Jul 2002

External positions

External Examiner, University of Aberdeen

30 Sept 2022 → …

External Examiner, Bangor University

14 Sept 202022 Mar 2022


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