I work at the School of Psychology, University of Leeds as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (0.4) and PhD student (0.6). While my research interests are continually developing, I am broadly interested in social psychology with an emphasis on gender and stereotypes.

I also engage in work that focuses on pedagogy, student engagement, and assessment practices in Higher Education. I lead the Research in the Psychology of Student Education Group at Leeds. 


Candy Stripes


My first book is officially forthcoming with the Open University Press, coauthored with Professor Wendy Stainton-Rogers. The book offers a critical feminist reappraisal of 'classic' social psychology theories, studies, and approaches and has been written for introductory psychology undergraduate students. 

Forthcoming November 2021!

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Stereotype threat and objectification

My PhD investigates the effects of stereotype threat on pregnant women's cognitive functioning. I'm interested in providing a social experimental perspective on the concept of "baby brain", which dictates that pregnant women and new mothers have reduced cognitive functioning. This is under the supervision of Dr. Russell Hutter and Professor Mark Conner. In my academic work I also test this theory more broadly with different groups and contexts. I also engage in work which considers the relationship between social information (e.g. exposure to negative stereotyping) and cognitive ability. This often includes looking at the relationship between body image and cognitive self-perception (i.e. through objectification).

Student engagement, pedagogy, and partnership

I am interested in work which offers critical or creative ways of thinking about student engagement in Higher Education and am a member of the Research in the Psychology of Student Education (RitPOSE) Group at Leeds. With this group, I am currently involved in projects exploring undergraduate transitions, pre-tertiary education, and assessment and feedback.

Critical feminist psychology 

More broadly, I am a critical feminist psychologist and all of my work is through this lens. I am interested in how psychological science can use teachings from feminist psychology to be more diverse, welcoming, inclusive, and critical. I also have an interest in feminist pedagogy and creative approaches to teaching and learning.  

Open (psychological) science and reproducibility 

I am an advocate for open science and try to embed this into my teaching and research. I attended the Advanced Methods for Reproducible Science Workshop (hosted by the UK Reproducibility Network), which prompted a keen interest in the ongoing debates and discussions surrounding open science. More recently, my work considers how open science can be more inclusive, including to diverse methodologies and different groups of academics, and how open science conversations can strive to be more constructive.