Sarah Higgins

Lecturer

School of Life Sciences and Education

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.

Academic qualifications

  • MSc Health Psychology (Distinction), Staffordshire University, 2015

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), Staffordshire University, 2013

Expertise

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).

Medical Instrumentation

  • Biopac (multi-channel physiological recording equipment).

  • NeuroSensory Analyser (hot and cold pain stimulus).

  • Ambulatory monitors (e.g. blood pressure / activity / sleep monitors).

Research interests

  • 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.

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020