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Roxanne Hawkins

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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Available for second supervisory role

Willing to speak to media

20142021

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Overview

Roxy is a Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Education and Social Sciences, based at the Paisley campus. She is a Developmental/Clinical Psychologist interested in the benefits of animals and the human-animal bond for health, happiness, and mental wellbeing across the lifespan and the role of animals within adverse environments (e.g. domestic abuse, child, and pet abuse).

Roxy’s ambition is to raise public interest and knowledge in, and academic awareness of, the important roles that animals play within people’s lives and society.

Roxy has recently launched The Science of Pets with the mission of facilitating public engagement with research into human-animal relationships and for sharing the latest research findings (www.scienceofpets.com www.facebook.com/scienceofpets).

 

Roxy's research has been funded by a range of funding bodies including the Carnegie Trust, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Nestle Purina, Crucible, and others.

Current research activities

Research interests:

1)      Interdisciplinary work and mixed methodologies

2)      Bio-psycho-social benefits of and interactions/relationships with animals across the lifespan

3)      Attachment to pets and mental health across lifespan

4)      The role of animals in adversity (e.g., domestic violence, exposure to pet cruelty in childhood)

5)      Understanding and preventing childhood animal cruelty

6)      Inter-species emotion processing 

7)      Animal welfare education, evaluation of education programmes for children

 

Target collaborative organisations

I am always open and keen to form new collaborations, particularly with the following:

Animal welfare / conservation charities

Animal-assisted therapy organisations / health care practitioners

Charities / non-profit organisations / 3rd sector

Zoo’s / wildlife sanctuaries

Video game developers

Schools

 

Current teaching activities and interests

  • Teaching across core BPS domains at both undergraduate and masters
  • Module Co-ordinator of Human-Animal Interactions (L10)
  • Module Moderator for Child Development (L9)
  • Supervision of MSc in Psychology (conversion) students
  • Supervision of BSc Psychology students
  • Open to supervision of PhD students
  • Past teaching: Clinical and Health Psychology (MSc), Psychology conversion (MSc), Psychology in Education (MSc and BA). Supervision of MSc students. Module Co-ordinator and moderator. Curriculum design and development.

 

External positions

External Examiner, University of Lincoln

Oct 2020 → …

Guest Lecturer, University of Stirling

2019 → …

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Edinburgh

2018

Teaching Fellow (maternity cover for Lecturer in Developmental Psychology), University of Edinburgh

20172018

Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

2017

Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

Jan 2016Sep 2016

Tutor / Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

20162018

Doctoral Research Student , University of Edinburgh

20152018

Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

Dec 2014

Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

20142015

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Research Methodology
  • Anthrozoology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Human-animal interactions
  • Mental health
  • Clinical psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Wellbeing
  • Interventions

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