Job Title and Responsibilities
Technical Skills Specialist - Psychology
To provide high level specialist technical support within the subject area of psychology, including the design and delivery of technical skills seminars to support taught academic theory. To supervise and maintain the psychology suite of laboratories and to provide on-hand technical instruction, assessment and support to aid student learning.
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) Physics and Electronics in 1998, I joined the psychology department at Staffordshire University. The role of Psychology Technical Skills Specialist continues to provide me with many new challenges, whilst offering me the opportunity to develop professionally. In 2014 it was a great honour to be awarded the HEA Psychology Technician of the Year, presented at the HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference in Edinburgh – it is certainly a role I enjoy immensely.
Over recent years I have been involved with the design, development, and operation of the psychology laboratories based within the newly built Science Centre. Having successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE), I worked towards the development and integration of practical technical sessions within theory based modules, e.g. the use of the bio-potential amplifiers within Research Methods; equipping undergraduate students with key practical skills and enhancing the student learning experience.
I am passionate about promoting Science and Psychology to the wider community, often I design and demonstrate psychology based experiments at open days and public facing events. In 2015 it was a privilege to work towards securing Staffordshire University as the host venue for the Association of Technical Staff in Psychology (ATSiP) 3-day annual conference. Presenting on ‘the links between the delivery of essential technical skills and core teaching’ was one highlight of the highly successful conference.
Currently I continue to develop the technical role; delivering technical skills sessions within core teaching whilst providing technical support and guidance during the day to day running of the psychology laboratory facilities.
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE), Staffordshire University, 2012
BSc (Hons) Physics & Electronics (2:1), Staffordshire University, 1998
Professional Memberships and Activities
Fellow Member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member of the ATSiP (Association of Technical Staff in Psychology)
Technical Skills Delivery
Delivery of specialist technical skills sessions to facilitate the teaching and learning of psychology related experimental disciplines.
Provide formal technical instruction and support to facilitate the design, acquisition, and analysis of psychology research projects.
Specialist Psychology Software and Application
Experiment building software (e.g. SuperLab, Eprime, Experiment Builder).
Data acquisition software (e.g. Qualtrics, Turning Point, Compass).
Programming script and use of specialist syntax code.
Data analysis software (e.g. Biopac, Data Viewer, SPSS).
Observation software (e.g. AprilAge, DartFish).
Specialist Psychology Hardware
Experimental inventory (e.g. Eylink1000 Eyetracker, Cold Pressor).
Stimulus response peripherals (Cedrus response boxes, voice key, CoVAS).
Data communication equipment (Stim Tracker, TTL Logic, Comms Interfacing).
Digital observation equipment (e.g. Observation cameras, mixing desks).
Portable learning technologies (iPads, Turning Point).
Biopac (multi-channel physiological recording equipment).
NeuroSensory Analyser (hot and cold pain stimulus).
Ambulatory monitors (e.g. Blood Pressure, Activity, Sleep Monitors)
Development of technical provision to enhance the student learning experience.
Identifying current psychology related media trends to inform and design interactive psychology based demonstrations.
To investigate and optimise technology for current and future research projects.
Current Teaching/Technical Support
Development and Delivery of Technical Skills Sessions:
Devise, lead and deliver technical skills seminars to support taught academic theory within Cognitive Biological Determinates of Behaviour (Level 5).
Devise, lead and deliver technical skills sessions to introduce students to advanced research equipment within Research Methods (Level 4).
Devise, lead and deliver technical skills seminars to support taught academic theory within the MSc Health Psychology (Level 7).
Devise, lead and deliver technical skills seminars to support taught academic theory within Cross-Faculty disciplines.
Development and Delivery of Technical Instruction:
Liaise, practically assess, and support level 6 students in all technical aspects of research project design and procedure; from concept to completion.
Liaise and support staff and post graduates in their respective research.
Provide training and support in audio visual recording for counselling and clinical skills sessions.
Technical resource inductions for staffs, researchers and students.
Support, demonstrate, and promote psychology technical provision at open days, events and external facing activities.
Technical Skills Specialist
Business, Planning and Resources (Health Sciences - Technical Support)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Stoke on Trent
t: +44 (0)1782 294503