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Meet our Psychology Faculty

Our Psychology academic team here at The University of Law are dedicated to bringing their industry expertise into the classroom. All our professors and tutors have significant professional experience and qualifications and are committed to providing quality, inspiring education to drive your career forward. In addition to your subject tutors, you will also be assigned a personal tutor who is on hand to help guide you through the course.

Catriona Morrison
Catriona Morrison
Dean of Science

Professor Catriona Morrison MA, DPhil, CPsychol, FBPsS is our Dean of Sciences. A Psychologist by training, Catriona has a research portfolio that includes language, ageing, internet behaviour, educational assessment and memory. Catriona is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has been actively involved in the professional Society for many years in a variety of roles. She is an advocate of Psychological Literacy and of students as owners of their own learning.

Prior to joining ULaw, Catriona held Chairs at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and the University of Bradford. Having led many initiatives in curriculum design, Catriona has acted as an advisor to universities across the UK and internationally on the design and delivery of programmes in the Social Sciences.

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Julie Prescott
Dr Julie Prescott
Head of Psychology

Prior to joining ULaw, Julie was a Reader and programme lead at The University of Bolton. Julie has experience in the design and delivery of psychology programmes.

In addition to her leadership role at ULaw, Julie is co-editor of the Mental Health and Social Inclusion journal, on the Education Advisory Board for the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling and section editor for JMIR Mental Health.

Julie’s research looks at how digital innovations can support mental health. Having published widely in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, Julie has two recently published books:

  • A New App for Identity Structure Analysis and Professional Development. Passmore, G., & Prescott, J. (2022). Palgrave
  • Digital Innovations in Mental Health. London and Prescott, J. (2022). IGI Global. Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Julie has published in the area of online counselling, VR, computer games and mobile apps. Her recent research is considering how AI can be utilised to support students teaching and learning as well as support mental health. For a full list of publications visit her profile on research gate.

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Joanne Vaughan
Dr Joanne Vaughan
Senior Psychology Lecturer

Joanne has taught Psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and more recently she has led collaborative health professions courses. This involved teaching students who were pursuing health careers such as nursing, social work and occupational therapy. She has also mentored student teachers.

Joanne’s main research interest lies in health and wellbeing, both in applied settings and everyday life. She has also done research related to educational settings and is keen to explore potential gender differences in experiences. For her PhD, Joanne combined her interests and explored motivation, stress and job satisfaction in the teaching profession.

Passionate about how Psychology can be applied to understand health and wellbeing, Joanne is fascinated in how this relates to the lived experience and its wider domains.

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Mark Jellicoe
Dr Mark Jellicoe
Senior Psychology Lecturer

Mark’s area of research and study is the science of personal development. Of particular interest is how we set goals, reflect on our performance whilst considering feedback. These ideas feed in to how we manage ourselves on goal related tasks and how we develop as lifelong learners.

Before returning to undergraduate education, Mark was a Senior Manager in a Local Authority which sparked his interest in the science of personal and professional development. Moving on to study Applied Psychology at undergraduate level, Mark’s research project focused on his area of passion - personality and individual differences in relation to learning. Developing this through Mark’s doctoral studies his PhD project focused on how individuals self-manage during learning, either in education or the workplace.

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Elizabeth Abbey
Dr Elizabeth Abbey
Psychology Lecturer

A lecturer in Psychology for more than 15 years, Lizzie’s PhD was conducted at UCL followed by posts at the University of Derby and University of Leicester.

Lizzie’s research interests have included understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the retrieval of emotional information through a cognitive neuroscience approach (fMRI, ERP). In recently funded research Lizzie has investigated gender imbalance in Undergraduate Psychology and the transition between school and Higher Education in Psychology.

Professionally Lizzie has participated in academic consultancy and public sector engagement (including media liaising) among other posts. Her four-legged friend, Labrador JB, currently volunteers alongside in Pets as Therapy (PAT dog) placements.

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