Dr Mel McKendrick

    MA (Hons), MRes, PhD, CPsychol

    Assistant Professor

    I joined Heriot-Watt University in 2014 as an Assistant Professor. Having completed an MA (Hons) Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2006, followed by a MRes and PhD in social cognition and anxiety at The University of Strathclyde, I worked on a range of commercial eye tracking projects before becoming a Research Fellow (2013-14) on a European project in maritime safety involving eye tracking and virtual reality. 


    I am interested in how we can use simulated environments, technology and feedback to reduce anxiety and improve performance. 

    Anxiety, social performance and mental health: I specialise in social cognition, face processing and attention and am currently developing the MIND Hub as a digital mental health research and data services centre which focuses on providing consultancy, validation and research project services; development of digital content and data curation using machine learning and artificial intelligence. Further to this I am interested in face processing and cognitive biases in social judgments. 

    Performance training and assessment: I founded the Medical Education Lab (MEL) to work across disciplines bringing together clinicians, academics and SMEs to develop problem based solutions for medical training Technologies include digital tools for Med x (Virtual, augmented and mixed realities); haptics; eye-tracking; 3D object recognition; data capture systems; human-robot interaction; gaming and visualisation technologies; robotics for capturing surgical skills and training.



    I am the Global Course Coordinator for two Level 2 undergraduate courses: Human Development & Intelligence and Research Methods & Analysis III. I am also the Edinburgh Course Coordinator for two post graduate courses, Social and Organisational Change and Organisational Culture. In addition to my teaching I am the Voluntary Research Assistant Scheme Coordinator.


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