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Catherine Day

Dr Catherine Day BSc, PhD, FHEA

Principal Lecturer (Psychology)


Summary

 I am part of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics Leadership Team with two leadership roles; Student Experience and Employability/Placements. I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2009 and have taken on a variety of roles including BSc Psychology Course Leader (2013-2017). I continue to teach psychology at all levels with a particular interest in personality, individual differences and psychometrics. 

About

Within the department, I lead on the implementation of the University’s approach to working in partnership with students, providing advice and guidance and ensuring staff understand, and are engaged with, the student experience agenda. This role also involves the implementation and management of the University’s Academic Advising policy and student voice principles to ensure formal and informal systems within the department are robust, fit for purpose and effectively represent the diversity of the student cohort.

I also lead on the employability strand of the Business and Enterprise portfolio within the department, including oversight of the short and sandwich placements. This involves fostering placement opportunities with businesses and organisations, and enhancing Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities for students at all levels. Recently I established our departmental Employer Advisory Board which takes a partnership approach to teaching, research and employability between Psychology, Sociology & Politics, employers and relevant associated bodies.

I continue to be passionate about teaching and delivering high quality, engaging modules. I particularly love teaching personality and psychometrics. I teach at all levels on the BSc Psychology course and the MSc Psychology. I also supervise dissertation students exploring a variety of individual differences factors.

My PhD explored individual differences in taste preference and eating behaviour. I have maintained interest in psychological predictors of eating behaviour, conducting studies and supervising students in this area, including a recent PhD completion exploring micronutrients and cognition in brain injured patients. The other strand to my research is related to learning and teaching in Higher Education, applying research to enhance student well-being, transition to university and the student experience. The common thread tying these together is psychometrics.

Professional membership
• Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
• General member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology
• Member of the British Society of the Psychology of Individual Differences (BSPID)
• BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU)
• UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT), currently registered for recognition through the UKAT Professional Recognition Scheme as a Recognised Senior Advisor.
• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Principal Lecturer

Specialist Areas

Personality
Intelligence
Psychometrics
Animal Psychology
Research and Scholarly Activities
Taste Preference
Eating and Drinking Behavior
Compensatory Behavior
Student Satisfaction and Wellbeing

Teaching

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Social Sciences and Arts

Psychology

Courses taught:

 - BSc Psychology
 - MSc Psychology
 - MSc Developmental Psychology

 

Modules taught:

 - Academic Development
 - Personality and Individual Differences
 - Personality Profiling and Psychometrics
 - Animal Psychology
 - Sports and Exercise Psychology 

 

Research

My PhD explored individual differences in taste preference and eating behaviour. I have maintained interest in psychological predictors of eating behaviour, conducting studies and supervising students in this area, including a recent PhD completion exploring micronutrients and cognition in brain injured patients.  The other strand to my research is related to learning and teaching in Higher Education, applying research to enhance student well-being, transition to university and the student experience. The common thread tying these together is psychometrics.

Current projects:
• Aviation Stress Scale development
• Psychology of apologies: Trait Apologising Scale Development
• Employability and Self-efficacy: unlocking the potential of paid work
• Student Experience and Employability Journey at postgraduate level

 

Publications

Bowles, D., Sharkey, G., & Day, C. (2020). Psychological predictors of National Student Survey course satisfaction. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 8 (2), 7-15. http://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v8i2.423

Denniss, R., Barker, L., & Day, C. (2019). Improvement in cognition following double-blind randomized micronutrient interventions in the general population. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, 13, 115. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00115

Day, C., Mchale, S., & Francis, J. (2012). Individual differences and preference for dietary fat using the Fat Preference Questionnaire© in a UK sample. Appetite, 58 (2), 679-686. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2011.12.013

Conference papers

Denniss, R., Barker, L., Day, C., & Richardson, P. (2020). Eating the Rainbow: Micronutrients and Cognitive Change in the General Population and TBI [abstract only]. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 35 (2), E163-E164. http://doi.org/10.1097/HTR.0000000000000568

Day, C.J., McHale, S., & Francis, J. (2008). Building upon existing models of food choice; can temperamental personality variables explain individual differences in sour and sweet taste preference? PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 23, 100.

Theses / Dissertations

Denniss, R.J. (2021). Micronutrient intervention effects on cognitive outcomes in post-acute traumatic brain injury. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Barker, L., Day, C., & Richardson, P. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00356

Other activities

 - Reviewer for Appetite (peer-review journal)
 - BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU)
 - External Examiner ( University of Cumbria 2017-2021)

 

Postgraduate supervision

Rebecca Denniss, PhD completion (2021). Micronutrients and cognition in brain injury.

 

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