I feel privileged to be asked to write this blog to offer advice to research students at Masters and PhD level. Research is something I am passionate about and I see myself as a qualitative researcher who also has great respect for those who prefer quantitative methods. Hopefully the advice I offer will be useful to both schools and those from a pluralistic background. The first piece of advice I would offer is that you
“What kind of psychologist are you?”, asked the head of the interview panel. A year or so into my first academic job, in Glasgow, I had applied for a job back down South. “Well,” I offered, “my research is a little bit developmental, some social, a dash of forensic, there are educational aspects…” He stopped me. “No… I mean what journal do you have on your shelves, what conference do you go to?” That was
Have you ever considered joining a committee but hesitated about applying because you were unsure whether you were suitable? Or Are you currently on a committee but unsure whether to apply for that additional role? If your answer to either of those questions is yes, then look no further as this blog aims to describe my previous experience being part of a committee and my role as Chair of the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG).
January 2019 will mark my 2nd PhD Viva-versary. 2 years since the stress of being grilled on my PhD by two examiners. Two years since the celebrations. This December, I’ve been invited to be a keynote at the BPS Careers in Psychology event in London, speaking to undergraduate and postgraduate students about my psychology career so far. The opportunity to present at this exciting event and write a ‘Dear Undergraduate Me’ piece for The Psychologist
I often refer to myself as a ‘hybrid of ology’s’. My undergraduate degree is in Biology and I have a masters in Medical Sciences… Yet I’m here, writing for the PsyPAG blog as I approach the final year of my PhD in Psychology. My particular field of research is Nutritional Neuropsychology; specifically looking at the effect of female iron status and nutritional supplementation on a bunch of cognitive and mood outcomes, combining both biology and