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Academic Biography

Dr Heather Clements is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law. She completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2013 and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods in 2015, both at the University of Sunderland. Heather received her PhD from the University of the West of Scotland in 2022. Her PhD work was conducted in collaboration with the WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute and involved a mixed methods examination of the role of companion animals in human well-being, focusing on the influence of ornamental fishes. Prior to and during her PhD, Heather also worked as a Research Assistant on projects relating to public health and pedagogy.

Summary of Research Interests

Heather's research interests are largely within the topics of green/blue spaces and human-animal interaction. Specifically, Heather is interested in how exposure to restorative environments (e.g., natural or urban green spaces) may affect human cognition and well-being, as well as factors which may influence human attitudes and behaviour towards non-human animals.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Heather is currently the module leader for Quantitative Research in Psychology (Level 7) and contributes to teaching on Psychological Research Design and Analysis (Level 4), Psychopathologies and Individual Differences (Level 5), Biological and Social Psychology (Level 7), and Applied Quantitative Research Methods (Level 7). She also supervises dissertations at Level 6 and Level 7.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The role of companion animals in human well-being: A mixed methods approach with a focus on ornamental fishes , University of the West of Scotland

1 Oct 20171 Aug 2022

Award Date: 1 Aug 2022

Master, Psychological Research Methods (MSc), University of Sunderland

1 Sept 20141 Sept 2015

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

Bachelor, Psychology (BSc), University of Sunderland

1 Sept 20101 Jul 2013

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013


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