I am a senior leader in Higher Education, with strategic and operational experience in all aspects of undergraduate and post-graduate education. I have experience of high quality curriculum design, teaching, learning and assessment, including five years as Head of Department of Health & Applied Social Sciences at Liverpool Hope University. I am very conscious of the importance of a positive student experience to maintaining a healthy organisation. I have a particular interest in supporting student engagement, and satisfaction, which is reflected in my current role leading Quality, Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Science, at Liverpool Hope University, Chairing the Faculty committee, and representing it on the Faculty Board and the University Senate. I also have the role of Disability Support Officer, and Level 5 BPS core curriculum lead in the Department of Psychology.
I am educated to doctoral level, and have Chartered Psychologist status, and am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I maintain an active personal research portfolio (see Google Scholar), as well as supervising research to completion at doctoral level. I have experience of external examining, including 26 doctoral theses, departmental review, and programme validation panels. My research expertise lies in the field of health psychology – particularly quality of life in neurological disease, and work-related stress management. The latter derived from five years as a full-time researcher outside of HE, developing Management Standards for Work-related stress at Health & Safety Executive. I am a team player, and I endeavour to bring out the best in all those I work with. I am adaptable, conscientious, reliable, and fully accountable for my work and that of my team.
1994 BSc Psychology with Honours (First Class). University of Liverpool. Awarded Wandesczka Heleana Dubicki Prize for my undergraduate project on context dependent memory and encoding strategies, which was of publishable standard (Cousins & Hanley, 1996).
1997 PhD. University of Liverpool. Title of thesis: A study of psychological distress in caregivers of Parkinson’s disease patients.
1998-1999. Post-Doctoral Research Associate. Department of Psychology, University of Manchester.
1999-2002. Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Edge Hill University College.
2002-2007. Senior Occupational Health Psychologist. Better Health at Work Division 6, Health & Safety Executive. Bootle, UK.
2007 - date. Associate Professor of Health; Liverpool Hope University.
Sept 2007 - July 2013. Head of Department (HASS / Health Sciences),
Aug 2013 - July 2017. Faculty Director of PGR Studies
Aug 2017 - date. Faculty Lead: Chair of Learning & Teaching Committee