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Dr Jennifer Mcgowan
26 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0)207 679 1275
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Jennifer McGowan is a lecturer (teaching) for Experimental Psychology. She has a PhD in health psychology and epidemiology, and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching role includes coordinating the external placements of MSci students into clinical and industrial settings, lectures on quantitative and qualitative research methods, Learning and memory, Ageing, Mindfulness, and Adolescence. 

Jennifer is the founder and lead of the global Resilience Research Group. The group’s aim is to develop a collaborative group of resilience researchers, in order to develop high quality resilience research. This includes developing research and dissemination opportunities to raise member profiles, supporting early career researchers into funding, and developing and consolidating the resilience field. We also work with local councils to evaluate resilience interventions.

Jennifer is a health psychologist and epidemiologist by background. Her research interests are focused primarily on health and positive psychology. I am interested in projects into:

  • Positive psychology, resilience, and physical well-being
  • Public health (well-being, smoking, cancer, sexual well-being, lifespan ageing)
  • Sexual well-being in regards to abnormal sexuality

To date her research has explored the biopsychosocial well-being of adults ageing with HIV in relation to both age and time with diagnosed HIV; cancer and smoking; adolescent health and well-being; and the evaluation of resilience interventions in clinicians and schools.

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Research Summary

Teaching Summary

  • Lecturer (teaching), Psychology and Language Sciences, Dept Experimental Psychology
  • Lead of MSci dissertation placements, MSci Behavioural research in applied settings, and BSc Introduction to Psychology modules.
  • Year 4 tutor, Psychology MSci
  • Lecturer (teaching), Institute of Education, Dept Psychology & Human Development

 My role entails identifying and developing placement opportunities for students within industry or health-care settings (identified above), as well as providing lectures, developing and marking assessments, supporting students, and reviewing student feedback. In order to better achieve my own teaching aims I updated my module pages to be in line with best practise for online media, and developed a module ethics form and document chain to facilitate ethical and legal student placements (to be used by myself and other modules).

I received the level of Senior Fellow of the HigherEducation Academy and UCL Arena in 2021, signifying recognised, sustained, leadership in pedagogy at anorganisational level. In particular I was recognised for my leadership and developmentof the ARC academy training courses programme, evaluation of student trainingand support (ARC and UCL), and leadership in module development.  I am a UCL Arena assessor and member of my department’s Teaching leadership team meetings, and my expertise is on blended learning, and collaborative learning (between students, staff, researchers, organisations, and departments).

 My teaching is of high standard, as recognised through student feedbackand lecture scores (mean of 9.3/10), MSc student publications, and improvementsin grades (median increase of 10.3%; mode=13%). Studentfeedback has reported that: "lecturer was very engaging madeasking/answering questions comfortable", “pace was perfect and didn'tassume prior knowledge", and "interactive game & quizzesthroughout the lecture make it very interesting. very approachable &challengingyour thoughts at the same time".

01-FEB-2021 Lecturer (teaching) Experimental Psychology PALS, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2019 Lecturer (teaching) Psychology & Human Development Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2019 – 01-FEB-2021 Lecturer (teaching) ARC NIHR North Thames Institute of Epidemiology & Health, United Kingdom
26-JUN-2017 – 01-JAN-2019 Research Associate Population, Policy and Practise Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
07-DEC-2015 – 23-JUN-2017 Research Associate Health Psychology Epidemiology and Public Health, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2016   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2012   Bachelor of Science Royal Holloway
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
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