Helen completed a BSc in Psychology here at Bangor University in 2002, then went straight on to study for a doctorate (PhD) in cognitive psychology, which she completed in 2005. She then worked for several years as a Research Officer at Bangor, using brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques to understand cognitive functions like working memory. She subsequently moved to Liverpool John Moores University to take up a lectureship, before returning to Bangor University to join the psychology teaching team as a lecturer.
Helen is module organiser for the Year 1 Research Methods module, which uses lectures and practical sessions to teach students the theory and skills needed to conduct research in psychology. She is also module organiser for the Year 1 Applied Psychology module, which examines how psychological theory can be applied in real-world contexts. In addition, Helen supervises undergraduate honours dissertations within her research specialisms. Alongside her teaching roles, Helen is the Employability Tutor for psychology and is a committee member of the Welsh branch of the British Psychological Society.
Helen’s research interests include the relationship between cognitive skills and physical activity, the factors that influence consumer decision-making, and the way that individual cognitive differences relate to academic performance.