Below you can find the keynotes for #PsyPAG2019. 

Prof Sir Chris Husbands

Starting out – Academic careers in the 21st century

Professor Sir Chris Husbands is a university leader, academic, educationist and public servant. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016.

A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he has undertaken senior roles in universities for over fifteen years, as Head of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2000-3), as Dean of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (2003-7), as Dean of Faculty and then Director of the Institute of Education (2007-15) and as Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-15). In 2018, Sir Chris was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

As Director of the Institute of Education, he led the organisation to top position in the QS world rankings in two successive years, to the Queen’s Award for Higher Education and a dominant position in UK education research.

His academic expertise lies in education policy and practice; his work has been developed in fifteen books and over four hundred papers and presentations.  He has advised local and national governments in the UK and internationally, across four continents.

Sir Chris graduated with a double starred First in History from the University of Cambridge, where he went on to complete a doctorate in Geography. He was a teacher and senior manager in urban secondary comprehensive schools before becoming a university lecturer.

In 2016, Sir Chris was appointed by the Government as the Inaugural Chair of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) heading up the assessment panel that will make decisions on awards he was subsequently re-appointed as Chair until August 2021. The TEF has been introduced to ensure excellent teaching and student job prospects are at the heart of Higher Education and will, for the first time, place the significance of teaching on a par with research.

Professor Husbands’ external positions include: Member, ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) Advisory Board (2016-); Member, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Board (2016-); Member, University Alliance (2016-); Member, Universities UK (UUK); Member, UUK Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG); Member, UUK Student Policy Network (SPN) (2016-); Member, International Council of Confucius Institutes, Beijing (2013-).  He is also an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr Dan Smith

Are cognitive processes embodied in the motor system?

I’m a cognitive psychologist with a particular interest in the attention and the eye-movement system. I did my psychology degree in Aberdeen followed by a stint working as graduate RA for Dr David Carey on the kinematics of kicking in footballers. I moved to Nottingham University for a PhD with Prof Stephen Jackson which looked at the role of the eye-movement system in covert attention. Next i went north to Durham for a postdoc with Prof Thomas Schenk developing a new tool for rehabilitation of visual field defects in patients with brain injuries. I subsequently joined the faculty in Durham and pursued various lines of experimental and neuropsychological research investigating interactions between the eye-movement system, attention and working memory. I am currently Lead Investigator in consortium project funded by the ESRC, DFG and NWO to develop a Motor Bias Theory of Attention and this work will form the basis of my talk at PSYPAG.

Prof Maddy Arden

Understanding adherence to medication in Cystic Fibrosis: A behavioural science approach

I’ve worked at Sheffield Hallam since 2000 and have led the introduction of Health Psychology into the Undergraduate curriculum. In 2006 I developed an innovative MSc Health Psychology which is delivered primarily by distance learning, and was the first course of its kind to be accredited by the British Psychological Society.

My research focuses on behaviour change and the development and evaluation of interventions. I am the project director for the Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Manchester Behavioural Science Consortium which provides behavioural science expertise to the government and the public sector.

Dr Emma Norris

Moving on post-PhD as a psychology researcher

Dr Emma Norris is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London. She is a researcher on the Human Behaviour-Change Project, working to bring together knowledge on behaviour change interventions using machine learning. She is interested in using health psychology theory and principles to improve a broad range of public health issues, with specific interests in physical activity and technological interventions. Emma was PsyPAG Chair between 2015-17 and PsyPAG Quarterly Editor between 2013-15. Emma is currently Early Board Representative to the BPS Research Board, working to establish an Early Career Network for postdoctoral researchers, lecturer and practitioners.

Dr Jennie Drabble

How do you know there is an afterwards? – Making the transition from PhD to academia

Dr Jennifer Drabble is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, an Early Career Researcher, and a chartered psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society, and an Early Career Researcher. She has a BSc (Psychology), MSc (Forensic psychology), PhD, PGCert (LTHE), and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jennifer’s research interests are generally around forensic mental health, with a particular focus on self-harm and personality disorders. She also has research interests in investigative psychology (particularly working with the police) and cybercrime. In her spare time, she enjoys massively geeking out, and is a huge fan of Game of Thrones.