Mhairi lectures in social psychology, community psychology, mental health, and clinical practice at postgraduate and undergraduate levels within the Department of Psychology. Mhairi supervises research projects at both undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate levels (MSc and PhD), as well as running a series of tutorials and workshops.
Mhairi is also Associate Course Leader for the MSc Psychological Well-being and Mental Health course, where she specialises in assessment, academic, and pastoral student support.
Mhairi achieved a first class honours degree in psychology at the University of Dundee in 2004. After a working as a research assistant for Prof Fabio Sani on an ESRC funded project exploring perceived collective continuity between 2004 and 2006, Mhairi acquired an MSc in Psychological Research Methods in 2008 before embarking on a PhD.
Mhairi's PhD research focused on the role of places in identity processes and specifically assessed the temporal aspects of place identity and their connections with both social identity and mental health.
Mhairi's research is primarily located within social psychology and mental health, where she employs both quantitative and qualitative approaches to explore identity processes in relation to collective, personal, and place-related identities and how they interact with mental health outcomes.
Specific areas of interest include: identity transitions, temporal aspects of identity, mental health and well-being, group processes, social issues and health. Mhairi's existing research has focused on national and regional groups, family groups, individual's recovering from alcohol misuse, elderly individuals and individuals with dementia, and women and men transitioning to parenthood. Mhairi’s current research is focused on the links between social isolation and social identity where she employs a ‘social cure’ perspective to explore topics like the effectiveness of social prescribing within specific communities.
Mhairi is an External Examiner at the University of Greenwich, an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Mhairi is an ad-hoc reviewer for the European Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Political Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Mhairi is also a local School Governor.
Sponsors and collaborators
Mhairi’s research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, collaborating with the following researchers:
- Dr Juliet Wakefield
- Dr Blerina Kellezi
- Dr Niamh McNamara
- Dr Clifford Stevenson
- Dr Iain Wilson
- Dr James Stiller
- Prof Fabio Sani (University of Dundee)
- Dr Marina Herrera (University of Valencia)
- Dr Gillian Shorter (Ulster University)
- Dr Ronni Greenwood (University of Limerick)
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