My current role is as a Teaching Fellow in Psychology in the School of Psychology at Ulster University. I am also an external research supervisor at the University of Roehampton. At Ulster I teach developmental, psychology, applied social psychology, qualitative research methods, and supervise undergraduate and masters dissertation students. As external research supervisor at Roehampton, I co-supervise the research of a number of PsychD students.
As a critical social and developmental psychologist I am interested in the areas of diversity, sexuality, resilience, minority stress, and social justice. My current research interests are focused around how aspects of diversity (sexuality, age, race) intersects with and impacts upon the experience of higher education; how family norms and expectations have changed since the introduction of civil partnerships and subsequently same sex marriage across the UK and Ireland; and how the changing discourse in relation to marriage and the family impacts sexual minority identities.
I hold a BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class) award by Kingston University, an MSc in Social Psychology (Merit) and a PhD in Psychology, both awarded by University of Surrey. I am currently training to be a counsellor with PCI College, Belfast.
I am a Fellow of the HEA and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. I am active in the Society being a member of the Social Psychology Section, the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section, and the Psychology of Sexualities Section.
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