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Dr Emily-Marie Pacheco
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  • Research Fellow
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Emily-Marie Pacheco is a ResearchFellow at UCL in the award winning department of Clinical, Educational andHealth Psychology (CEHP),Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (PaLS). She is also a member of Prof. HeleneJoffe’s PublicEngagement with Social Issues research group and the Earthquake and People InteractionCentre (EPICentre). 

Over her academic career, Emilyhas also been extensively involved in volunteer work in her local and globalcommunities.Emily also formerly held the position of UNESCO Chair Intern at the Universityof Glasgow, where she worked alongside the UNESCO chair team in organizing andfacilitating the UNESCO Spring School of 2019. Emily looks forward to buildinga career in academia and intends to build a research lab of academics who alsohave a passion for investigating socially meaningful topics in our globalsociety.

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Research Summary

Emily is a psychologicalresearcher on UKRI-ESRC Resilient School Hubs project, which looks to foster the resilientrecovery of communities in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia,displaced by the 28th September 2018 earthquake and tsunami. Emily works incollaboration with an interdisciplinary team of academics and NGO practitionersfrom the UK and Indonesia. Emily’s primary role comprises of co-developing anintervention that integrates psycho-social disaster support with hygienemeasures and physical environment enhancement to better engage and empower theaffected communities of Palu. This multi-pronged intervention will recreate notjust the former status quo for these displaced communities but a more resilientrecovery. It will also play a role in creating an Indonesia-wide School-basedDisaster Preparedness Programme.

Emily’s previous research exploredthe effects of remote exposure to trauma in international students through apsychological lens. Her work specifically focused on the experiences ofinternational Ph.D. students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) whoare affected by conflict in their home countries while studying in the UK. Forstudents who are away from home at the time of conflict, indirect exposure canbe an additional concern to their wellbeing considering exposure to politicalconflicts (i.e. terror attacks, civil unrest) can affect individuals directlyand indirectly. Indirect exposure to trauma, exacerbated by life stress andlack of social support, can also become a risk factor for developing stressdisorders. Emily's research sought to better understand these experiences, thefeatures of indirect exposure to trauma, and how effective coping methods canbe protective and even lead to growth.

Research Interests:

As a social psychologist, Emily isinterested in researching those features of the social human experience whichshape our perceptions, beliefs, values, and behaviours. Emily is curious abouthow people shape their sense of identity, the practices from which we derivemeaning, and the interactions between various elements of our contemporarysocieties and our psychological wellbeing.

Keywords: Identity, Beliefs,Trauma, Stress and Growth, Wellbeing, Resilience, Schemas, Associations, SocialTrends & Norms, Behaviour Modification, Religiosity and Spirituality,Cognitive Dissonance, Mixed-Methods, Tool Development.

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