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I am Professor and Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre at the University of York. Since 2014 I have served as the Director of Research for the Department of Education.
I began my academic career as an Assistant Professor in 2004 in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada and came to York in 2012. I previously worked as a teacher (1988-1992) and school psychologist (1992-2004) in Vancouver, Canada, with one-year stints in England (1998-99) and Australia (2003). My first two degrees (B.Ed. and M.A., Educational Psychology) are from the University of British Columbia, and my PhD (Educational Psychology) is from Simon Fraser University (2003). I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) in the UK.
I am keen to communicate with international academic colleagues and potential PhD students interested in research investigating motivation and emotions in education settings. In particular, please contact me if you would like to discuss the following projects:
My work explores human motivation and emotions in diverse contexts. My current work combines educational and organisational psychological approaches to the problem of teacher selection (see http://www.teacherselect.org/)
My research is funded by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2015-2020, €1.4 million). I am a collaborator on additional grants from Canada (SSHRC).
Three recent representative publications are:
I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and on the Executive Committee of APA Div. 15 (Educational Psychology). I am also a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the European Association of Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). I am a Chartered Psychologist in the UK.
My current research involves collaborators in Australia, Canada, Finland, Malawi, Oman, and the United Kingdom.