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MA(Hons), PhD, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, FHEA

Assistant Professor

Lauren trained in Counselling before achieving a first class honours degree in Applied Psychology from Heriot-Watt (2001), along with the University's premier award; the Watt Club Medal for the Highest Academic Distinction. She gained her PhD in the psychology of ageing while working as an Honorary Research Fellow (Strathclyde University 2001-2005) on a large EPSRC-funded multidisciplinary project investigating the biomechanical and psychological parameters of older people's abilities to carry out a range of everyday tasks. This project aimed to encourage designers to take older people's abilities into account so that they can design everyday household objects that everyone can use ('inclusive' design).Lauren returned to Heriot-Watt in 2005 as Lecturer in Applied Psychology, and gained Chartered Psychologist status in teaching and research.

Lauren is a year 1 co-ordinator, she teaches on Cognition Across the Lifespan and co-ordinates several Research Methods and Analysis courses. She also supervises final year research projects on ageing-related topics and PhD students.

Lauren is member of:

  • The British Psychological Society (and Associate Fellow
  • The British Psychological Society's Division of Academics, Teachers and Researchers in Psychology
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Chartered Scientist Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


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