Abbie McGuire

Abbie McGuire

PhD Researcher, School of Media, Culture & Society, Associate Lecturer, School of Media, Culture & Society


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I'm a PhD student at the University of the West of Scotland. My current research focuses on shared decsion making and decision aids around chronic pain. I graduated with an upper 2:1 BSc (Hons) Psychology in July 2017 and went straight into a PhD in October 2017 after being offered a studentship at UWS. I am an associate lecturer and have been a research assistant for many different research projects all in different areas. I was awarded a court medal for my second year of being an undergraduate psychology student and was given a Carnegie Trust scholarship in the Summer of 2016 to fund my own research project. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

Eye-tracking; social attention; visual attention; face perception; face recognition; object recognition; processing stimulus complexity, familiarity and realism

Attending and Processing Social Scenes by Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Individual differences in people's abilities to visually process and recognise faces and objects

Shared decision-making between patients and healthcare professionals and creating shared decision making aids for patients with Chronic Pain

Current research activities

PhD project: Defining and validating in practice a suite of development and implementation processes and tools to support the creation of aids for shared decision-making. The project is using the development of a decision aid for chronic pain as a test case for designing the toolkit. 

Associate lecturer for undergraduate psychology modules.

Attending workshops to build on my academic skills and knowledge.

Attending and presenting at various conferences.

Attending chronic pain implementation group meetings. 


Desired research direction

To expand on my current research. Successfully create and implement a decision aid for chronic pain that will be used in NHS boards and potentially a framework to allow others to successfully create and implement decision aids for other health conditions to facilitate shared decision making. 

Also interested in video games and personality; parasociability in cosplaying behaviours, comic book and film fans; using animals to enhance individuals quality of life; face vs object recognition/processing; eye-tracking and visual attention/processing differences in individuals with autism and typical individuals as other potential research areas after my PhD.

Current teaching activities and interests

Associate lecturer for UWS undergraduate L7 Introduction to Psychology module and L7 Investigating Psychology module.

Interested in cognitive and social development in typical and atypical individuals; developmental and biological psychology; personality; biology; neuroscience.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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