Following a BSc(Hons) Psychology and MSc Information Systems, I completed a PhD on the Social Psychology of Online Communication at Portsmouth University. Since then, I have taught at BU where I have been responsible for units on Research Methods, Social Psychology, Group Processes, Sociotechnical Systems, Computer Mediated Communication and CSCW. My research continues to investigate the impact of the Internet on human behaviour and I draw on this in teaching final year units on CyberPsychology and Cybersecurity.
I have researched the psychological impacts of the internet across different sectors of society, for example: older adults use of social networking to support social and health needs, the negative impacts of children’s use of social networks and online games and the impact of over use of videogames on adolescents. Recently, I have published in the area of cybersecurity, for example online deception and trust.
I welcome applications of MRes and PhD projects any time. If you are interested in conducting postgraduate research with me in an area of Cyberpsychology, please send me your CV and research proposal.
My interests in Psychology learning and teaching are wide and I have presented and published papers on a variety of topics such as: widening participation, teaching psychology to computing students and using online discussion to develop critical thinking and online facilitation skills. I have worked on a HEA-funded project investigating online reflection and the benefits of sharing reflections. Having previously reviewed papers for prominent journals, I completed a 3-year term as Editor of the BPS journal 'Psychology Teaching Review'.
I am a Chartered Psychologist and have been actively involved in the British Psychological Society for over 20 years. I am a committee member and previous Chair of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DART-P). I am active locally in the BPS Wessex Branch, where I have fulfilled roles as Secretary and Treasurer and Chair of the Dorset Hub.
My research naturally lends itself to public engagement. For example, I presented the results of a survey on the ways that children are using technology at a workshop for school teachers, parents and professionals and I’m frequently asked by the media to discuss my work.



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