Launch Event: Cutting Edge Research in Psychology Conducted in Chester

19 April 20244:30pm - 6:30pmNorth West
  • Research
Free (registration required)
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North West of England Branch

BPS North West Branch is starting to run network hubs in some of our geographical areas and to launch this initiative we are working with University of Chester for our first networking session.  

The aim of this event is to support psychologists in the North West region, and other interested parties to come together to learn from each other and to have space to connect

The event will take place at:

  • 'Best, 116 Best Building
    University of Chester
    Exton Park
    CH1 4AQ

The theme for this April event is to share cutting edge research happening in Chester.



Arrivals and networking.


Introductions :

  • Dr Clare Mulligan-Foster from BPS North West branch
  • Kevin Rodgers, Janine Carroll, Liz Wheelan from University of Chester


Brad Kennedy, PhD Researcher - Exploring factors that influence the Side-Effect Effect; The influence of power on responsibility, blame & praise.


Connor Pell, PhD Researcher - The use of summarising in police interviews with homicide suspects.


General networking.

How to take part

Advance registration is required.

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Dr Clare Mulligan-Foster

Clare is the co-chair of the BPS Northwest Branch. Dr Clare Mulligan-Foster is a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist, Chartered Coaching Psychologist, and practitioner in the area of organisational behaviour. She has her own practice based in Chester offering coaching and consultation. She is also co Programme Director for part 1 of the Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck University, London.

Dr Kevin Rodgers

Kevin is involved in teaching and supervision at undergraduate and post graduate levels both at Chester and the Shrewsbury Campus. He has an interest in all aspects of occupational psychology with particular interest in authenticity and how openness to internal communication in organisations can be influenced and enhanced by personal traits and preferences.

Kevin is keen to expand his research into authenticity, especially the authenticity of social group membership, and the impact of this and other personal traits and preferences on openness to communication channels and the impact of social music venues on community.

A consultant practitioner in occupational psychology, working with many organisations across sectors and continents, Kevin has a wealth of experience applying psychology in the workplace.

Kevin is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, a member of the HCPC and a Principal Member of the Association of Business Psychologists.

Dr Janine Carroll

Janine is currently a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Undergraduate Programme Leader for Psychology at the University of Chester. Her research interests lie within the area of health psychology having completed a PhD investigating the personal and professional development of medical students in 2011. Janine has worked on various projects including evaluating a reading group intervention with people living with dementia, the role of emojis in text-based communication and is currently investigating the use of nature-based virtual reality in mental health and well-being.

Liz Whelan

Liz Whelen is a Chartered Health Psychologist registered with the BPS and HCPC. She is the Psychology Undergraduate Programme Leader and teaches primarily health and social as well as a variety of therapeutic interventions. 

Prior to joining the University of Chester Liz worked within the NHS developing mental health services and delivering training. She previously taught at Liverpool Hope University and for the Psychology and Medical School at the University of Liverpool. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been involved in research with them within the School of Psychology at Chester. 

Brad Kennedy

Brad is one of the Graduate Teaching Assistants in the School of Psychology at the University of Chester. Brad is also a PhD student with research interests relating to social psychology and intentionality.

Previously, Brad has investigated the asymmetry of language dominance and its relationship with handedness. He has also investigated how language dominance is represented structurally in the brain using MRI diffusion imaging techniques to examine and visualise the white matter pathways. Brad is currently investigating social cognitive psychology and specifically is interested in the mechanisms of social intentionality.

Conor Pell

Connor is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD student in the School of Psychology. As a member of the Forensic Research Group, his research interests are in investigative interviewing, offender profiling, and crime perceptions. His PhD research explores the use of summarising in a large sample of real-world police interviews with homicide suspects.

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