04 December 2018, Tower Hotel, London
Dr Emma Norris
University College LondonShow content
Emma is a Research Associate in the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London. She is currently involved in developing an Early Career Network at the BPS, to support postdoctoral lecturers, researchers and practitioners. Emma was previously Chair of the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG), supporting postgraduate psychology students across the UK.
Emma’s research involves the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions to improve health. Her PhD, completed at UCL in 2017, involved the development and testing of interventions to integrate physical activity into primary school teaching. Emma also completed an MSc Health Psychology at UCL in 2012 and a BSc Psychology from Brunel University in 2010.
Embarking on a career as a psychology researcher
Beginning a career in psychology research can be daunting, with many potential avenues of interest to explore. Emma will highlight her experiences of embarking on a career within health psychology research: from Undergraduate, Masters and PhD study to her experiences in her first postdoctoral job. She will also discuss tips for boosting your CV, reflecting on her time leading the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) and developing a new Early Career Network at the BPS.
Dr Gemima Fitzgerald
From mature student to entrepreneurShow content
Dr Gemima Fitzgerald was a mature student in her 30s when she studied her Psychology BSc at the University of Sussex. She then studied her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey. Following qualification, she worked for a hospice in their Specialist Palliative Care Psychology Service before becoming the lead for the hospice Bereavement Service. Gemima has a strong interest in teaching and has particular expertise in the area of building resilience. Her doctoral research was around the processes involved in developing resilience, and she was invited to do a TEDx talk on this subject. Gemima has now founded her own company and works freelance in a diverse range of settings; from private practice, to working with hospices, carers of people with dementia, and homelessness, and regularly runs training courses on building resilience for staff, carers and patients. She also works for a charity called Dementia Carers Count, as a Resilience Consultant.
My route into clinical psychology and beyond
Dr Gemima Fitzgerald will discuss her route to becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Gemima was a mature student and single parent when she began studying for a Psychology BSc at the University of Sussex, and then studied her DClinPsych at the University of Surrey. She will share her personal reflections on both the preparation for clinical training, as well as the training itself. Gemima’s expertise is in the area of Resilience and she will discuss how this specialism has shaped her career path. She will share her insights into how to keep motivated and be successful with a career in Psychology.
Dr Vicki Elsey
C.Psychol, Pracitioner Occupational Psychologist, AFBPsS, DOccPsych, MSc, BSc, PCAPL, FHEAShow content
Vicki is a Chartered Psychologist, HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist and Principal Lecturer at Northumbria University, where she has worked since 2006. She teaches MSc Occupational Psychology and BSc Psychology students, specialising in careers, employability, and learning and development. Prior to joining Northumbria University, Vicki worked in consultancy as an Occupational Psychologist where she managed projects around development of competency frameworks, career coaching, design and delivery of selection processes (including assessment centres) for Graduate up to Chief Executive level. Vicki’s doctorate was concerned with employability, employment and identity of occupational psychology graduates, and she continues to research these themes alongside the ‘motherhood penalty’, job crafting and workplace applications of psychological capital. Vicki also works as a practitioner with recent projects including assessment centre design and delivery and supporting the career development of graduate management trainees. Vicki is the academic board member for the BPS Stage Two Qualification in Occupational Psychology.
What can occupational psychology teach you about careers: evidence and experiences
As a Practitioner Occupational Psychologist and academic, Vicki has worked with a range of individuals to support them in navigating their career from MSc Occupational Psychology students and graduate management trainees to senior executives. Additionally, Vicki conducts research into employability and careers and teaches these subjects to psychology students. In her talk Vicki will combine her knowledge and experiences of managing her own career, supporting others to do the same (through her practitioner role) and share some evidence-based, practical tips (from her research) which can be utilised by all attendees to enable them to take control of their career.