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I am a qualitative, social psychologist, specialising in group interaction processes. My PhD was focused on investigating the dynamics of in-group teasing though analysing talk-in-interaction, to demonstrate how such practices can facilitate pro-social behaviour (building cohesion, addressing group norm violations).

My research methodologies of choice are discursive psychology and conversation analysis which are focused on studying how psychological matters are constructed, understood and displayed in interaction. Such approaches aim to re-evaluate the way that psychology topics have been studied in the field, emphasising the impact and importance of considering interaction with the social world, arguing that because talk is functional, language shapes reality, and as such talk should be conceptualised as the event of interest in itself. Therefore, traditional psychological concepts become something people do (i.e. remember) rather than have (i.e. memories), made relevant in interaction to achieve certain functions.

Current research activities

Recent research activities include unpacking the dynamics of problem-based learning, focusing on topic shift interactions, the impact of mobile technologies in the tutorial group, and how to manage social loafing. In addition, I am interested in various aspects of health psychology and have been involved with projects focusing on access: community inclusion for inviduals with dementia and learning disabilities, and inclusion for deaf students in higher education.

Current teaching activities and interests

I teach on the Psychology programme from L7 to L11 including Applying Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Individual Differences, and Social Psychology. My teaching expertise lies with qualitative psychology and the dissertations I supervise are primarily qualitative.

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Research Output 2013 2019

Civil Engineering 4 Real (CE4R): co-curricular learning for undergraduates

Murray, M., Hendry, G. & McQuade, R., 27 Feb 2019, In : European Journal of Engineering Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Civil engineering

Academic skills for psychology: a pre-entry course

Hendry, G., Brodie, Z., Wilson, C., Flynn, R. & McKechnie, J., 6 Jun 2018, p. 18-19. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

education statistics
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Cookie cutting or gaining a broader perspective? embedding graduate attributes in the curriculum

Swingler, M., Hendry, G., Bohan, J., Puligundla, R. & Clelland Woods, H., 6 Jun 2018, (Unpublished) p. 7-8. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation


Eliciting student teachers’ views on educational research to support practice in the modern diverse classroom: a workshop approach

McCartney, E., Marwick, H., Hendry, G. & Ferguson, E. C., 13 Sep 2018, In : Higher Education Pedagogies . 3, 1, p. 342-372 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
educational research
student teacher
work research
primary sector