Thandiwe Gilder

Thandiwe GilderThandi moved to Wales in 2006 after completing her BSocSci at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After a stint working at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning in Cardiff, she decided to carry on studying and moved to Bangor to complete an MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology, in 2008. She stayed in Bangor to complete her PhD, and having thoroughly enjoying the teaching opportunities offered during her PhD, Thandi became a Lecturer on the Teaching Team in 2012.

Teaching Interests

Thandi is Module Organiser and Lecturer on ‘Psychology as a Science’ in Year 1, which is an introductory module that asks some philosophical questions about the relationship between the nature of science and the nature of psychology. She is also Module Organiser and Lecturer on a Year 2 module ‘Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology’ in which we explore some of the history of psychology and look at psychology as a discipline and ask some important questions about what we have learnt so far and where we are going. Thandi also supervises Year 3 undergraduate research projects.

Research Interests

Thandi’s PhD examined the flexibility in expression and interpretation of social cues. She is interested in how humans navigate the complex social interactions that they encounter on a daily basis, and in understanding the interdependence between senders and receivers of social cues in perceptions, motivations and actions. Thandi is also very interested in Mindfulness-based approaches and has worked as a Research Officer on a study examining a Mindfulness-based parenting programme for foster carers.

Alongside teaching and research, Thandi is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Psychology and Admissions tutor as well as the Ethics Teaching Representative for the School.

Thandi’s Twitter Feed: @bumblingthrough

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