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Dr Emma Dunmore

About Dr Emma Dunmore

Emma's focus is teaching and learning and the psychological/social factors which influence student progress and wellbeing. She is interested in teacher feedback, mindsets, the impact of praise and criticism and the use of “wise psychological interventions” in education.

For the past ten years has lead a highly successful A level psychology program at a large, non-selective sixth form. She was also Research and Development Co-ordinator within the school and a member of the Coalition for Evidence Based Education. Prior to teaching in schools, Emma worked as Academic Tutor on the PsychD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey, where she was heavily involved in curriculum design and supervision of dissertations.

Emma's interest in the psychological and social factors that influence learning has developed through her own teaching and through working with many excellent colleagues. She loves communicating about all aspects of psychology and so is delighted to be continuing to teach and supervise students through the undergraduate and masters programs.

Emma's research background began as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford. She was supervised by Professor David Clark with whom she undertook research into the cognitive factors in anxiety. Her doctoral research focused on PTSD in victims of physical and sexual assault and she maintains a deep interest in mental health.

Current Teaching

  • Applied Psychology (Masters) - Module Leader
  • Psychology and Mental Health (Undergraduate) - Module Leader
  • Individual Differences and Work (Undergraduate)
  • Supervisor for final year projects
  • Supervisor for masters dissertations

Research Interests

Emma intends to pursue a program of research which aims to:

  • assess the cognitive and behavioural barriers to learning in the context of specific schools
  • identify evidence based “wise psychological interventions” which might address these specific barriers
  • engage with teachers to study the implementation of these wise interventions and evaluate their impact
  • explore the process of evidence based education in schools

She is currently involved in setting up research into the naturalistic feedback that teachers give both in writing and verbally. Of particular interest is the way in which teachers use praise and criticism.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (14)

Newspaper or magazine articles (1)

  • Dunmore EC (In press) Why are cognitive therapists interested in behaviour?
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