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Last updated 18th April 2024


I joined the University in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, having previously worked at the University of Central Lancashire, and for the Open University. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first class degree in Psychology in 2003, and gained an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Liverpool the following year. I then moved to the University of Central Lancashire, where I began my teaching career and doctoral studies, which I completed in 2010. My PhD involved examining the relationship between self-perceptions of physical attractiveness and self-esteem, and my current research interests include the self, interpersonal relationships and mental health. 

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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Self-perception and self-esteem
  • Self-Concept
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Body Image


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