The North East of England Branch representing psychologists across the North East of England extending from the River Tweed to the Wash and from Hull to the borders of Lancashire.
The Branch officially came into being on 4 February 2003 when an open general meeting was held at York St John College to elect the committee and formally constitute our existence as part of the Society. The Branch has since worked tirelessly to promote the great work of Psychologists across the North East and to ensure Branch members have representation at all levels of the Society.
Our committee, which includes academic psychologists, practitioners and students, works to organise a range of events across the North East. Our Psychology in the Pub events have grown in frequency and popularity and our Annual Conference goes from strength to strength. The gradual expansion of the North East Branch Bulletin publication, which is sent out to all our members, is a great representation of the exciting work that’s going on across the North East.
If you’d like to contribute to the North East Branch Bulletin, have an idea for an event or you’d like to get involved with other Branch activities, please get in touch!
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Happy New Year to all our members! At the start of this year we would like to formally introduce your Chair, Melanie Douglass.
As Chair, Melanie's responsibilities are varied and key to ensuring the success of the branch activities over the course of her term. Please email her, or anyone on the committee, at [email protected] with your ideas or suggestions for the branch activities over 2019. We really do look forward to hearing from you.
Melanie Dawn Douglass, PhD, took over as Chair of the North East Branch of England Branch at September’s AGM, having previously served as an Appointed Member of the branch. Melanie is a lecturer (Evolutionary Psychology & Psychobiology) at York St John University (YSJ). She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, specialising in Evolutionary Psychology and Animal Behaviour. After completing her degree, she worked as a Research Assistant for two years in an animal behaviour laboratory, where she conducted research investigating mating and parental care behaviour in Mongolian Gerbils. During this time, she undertook a course in forensic psychology, which spurred her interest in exploring the evolutionary and psychobiological mechanisms that underlie negative interpersonal relations, including aggression. She went on to complete her Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto (2009), where she investigated the cognitive and personality factors related to the severity of violent recidivism. Following her time at the University of Toronto, she moved to Glasgow Caledonian University, where her PhD thesis explored the individual factors involved in confession decisions.
She has presented her research at the annual APA (2010), BPS (2016), CPA (2010), DFP (2016), EAPL (2016), iIIRG (2018), and Society for Police and Criminal Psychology (2013) conferences, as well contributing to ‘Law and mental disorder: A comprehensive and practical approach’ (2013). Her recent research has explored attitudes towards domestic abuse and sexual harassment and individual differences in personality and attitudes between offenders and age-matched controls. Alongside colleagues at YSJ, she is also under-taking a Home Office-funded project with Northumbria Police assessing the efficacy of an intervention aimed at preventing high-risk youth entering into organised crime.