PsyPAG

Chair-Elect & BPS Mathematical, Statistical, & Computing Psychology Section Representative

I am the PsyPAG Chair-Elect (2021-2023) and representative for the Mathematical, Statistical, & Computing Psychology (MSCP) Section of the British Psychological Society (2020-2022).

Please do feel free to contact me with your comments and questions - I’d love to hear from you.

Manifesto

BPS Mathematical, Statistical, & Computing Psychology Section Representative

What issues do you think are important for postgraduate psychologists who would be represented by your position/division?

Psychology is experiencing renewed interest in improving quantitative methods, but much work remains. Reforms have largely developed from grassroots movements but awareness is somewhat siloed and postgraduates face risks and uncertainty. To address these problems, postgraduates need:

  • Widespread, equal access to training in the critiques of and new approaches to quantitative psychology
  • Clear guidelines and support to assist navigation of competing narratives about the costs and benefits of statistical and methodological reforms
  • Promotion of a culture that better understands, values, and integrates the contributions of mathematical, computational, and other methods-focused work to substantive research

What relevant experience do you have in representing the views of students or other groups and why do you want to be a PsyPAG rep?

Whilst President of my undergraduate Psychology Society, I led a campaign that petitioned stakeholders to help us establish a peer-led mental health course for students, addressing the poor availability of both support and work experience. I represented the views of students and, moreover, acted upon them to deliver lasting positive change.

I would now like to bring this energy to this committee position. I want to work with postgraduates to generate a contemporary understanding of the challenges they face regarding quantitative methods and reform, and work towards solutions that widen engagement, develop skills, facilitate collaborations, and ultimately improve psychological research.

Contact

  • University of Sussex, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9RH