Stephanie completed a BSc and MSc in psychology at the University of Auckland before moving to the UK to complete a D.Phil in Experimental Psychology as a Clarendon scholar at the University of Oxford. She undertook post-doctoral research followed by a teaching fellowship at University College London before taking up a lectureship at the University of Manchester. Stephanie joined the teaching team at Bangor in 2018.
Stephanie is module organiser for the year two cognitive psychology module. This examines how our brain processes sensory information, and how this information is used in higher-order cognitive processes such as attention, memory, language and decision-making. Stephanie is also module organiser for the year two module Concepts and Historical Issues in Psychology. This explores issues that have shaped psychology in the past, and that psychologists continue to debate today, from gender, culture and ethics to the question of free will. In addition, Stephanie is the Director of Student Engagement. This involves working closely with students to ensure they remain engaged with the school, including acting as the academic contact for the Psychology Society and Psych News and organising student events. Stephanie works closely with the Peer Guides and Course Reps and is happy to be contacted in matters relating to student engagement.
Stephanie's research focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying motivated behaviour, with a particular focus on learning and decision making. She has a particular interest in the way information in the world around us interacts with motivation, reward and emotion to shape our attention, memory, learning and decision processes. Stephanie studies the different systems that control our behaviour, from unconscious, automatic signals to conscious, deliberative control over choices. A key area of her research is in food choice and eating behaviour. She uses behavioural and neuroimaging methods, including electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and eye-tracking. Her experiments combine laboratory experiments and real-world studies. Stephanie supervises student projects at BSc and MSc level, as well as doctoral students.