Job Title and Responsibilities
I am a Technical Skills Specialist based within the Psychology department.
Supervising and maintaining the psychology suite of laboratories.
Delivering technical skills sessions within core teaching.
Providing specialist psychology-related support and instruction to prospective/current students and staff.
I graduated with a first class degree in Psychology from Staffordshire University in the summer of 2013 and started working as a Technical Skills Officer in the Psychology department in the November. I began work as a Technical Skills Specialist in January 2014 alongside my studies on the part-time MSc Health Psychology award, of which I completed with a distinction in 2015.
MSc Health Psychology (Distinction), Staffordshire University, 2015
BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), Staffordshire University, 2013
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, SR Research 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, SR Research Data Viewer, SPSS).
Observation software (e.g. AprilAge, DartFish).
Specialist Psychology Hardware
Experimental inventory (e.g. Eyetrackers, Cold Pressor).
Stimulus response peripherals (e.g. Cedrus response boxes, CoVAS).
Data communication equipment (e.g. 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).
To continually enhance the student learning experience through the development of the psychology technical provision and the design of relevant interactive psychology based demonstrations.
To investigate and optimise technology for current and future student and staff research projects.
I have research interests within the Health Psychology discipline, with a particular focus on physical activity and healthy eating behaviours, my MSc dissertation centred on the effects of nutrition label formats on healthier dietary choices.
I am particularly interested in research utilising eye-tracking equipment.
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 experimental-based research projects; from design and procedure to data extraction.
Liaise and support staff and post graduates in their respective research.
Provide audio visual training and support for counselling and clinical skills sessions.
Provide technical resource inductions for students, researchers and staff.
Support, demonstrate, and promote the psychology technical provision at internal and external facing events.
Technical Skills Specialist - Psychology
t: +44 (0)1782 294503