Dr Helen Stivaros

PhD (Hudd), BSc(Hons), PGCHE, CPsychol, FHEA

Position 
Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Email: hstivaros@glos.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1242 715362

Profile

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She is experienced in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is actively involved in the curriculum design of the modules that she contributes to. She is experienced in research supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD: ‘An ecological perspective of children’s school experiences and educational outcome’ (University of Huddersfield)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – First Class Honours (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • PGCHE (University of Gloucestershire)

Accreditations

  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

Other qualifications

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Step 1 practitioner

Areas of research interest

Helen has research interests in the psychology of education. These include: learning relationships, teaching experiences, reflective practice, and experiences of transition. In researching the psychology of education, Helen has a preference for adopting a socio-cultural analytical framework and tends to adopt a qualitative approach.  Within the Psychology Subject Group at the University of Gloucestershire, Helen is a member of the Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE).

Areas of teaching expertise

Helen contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate provision. Her primary areas of teaching include the psychology of education and qualitative research methods.

Research degree students currently supporting

Alice Jones PhD – ‘Exploring the transition from army to civilian life’ (co-supervised with Claire Cooke, Pauline Dooley, Charlie Parker)

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

Stivaros, H., Tobbell, J. & Hardman, M. (2005). ‘If you don’t understand this don’t worry, for the rest of you I will go on’: Deconstructing children’s opportunity to participate in the classroom community of practice. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society 13(1) 41. (Paper presented at the BPS Developmental Psychology Section Conference. Leeds Metropolitan University, 2nd-5th September 2004).

Stivaros, H., Tobbell, J. & Hardman, M. (2005). ‘Giving voice’ to children as participants of the teaching and learning relationship: The influence of the researchers lens.  Proceedings of the British Psychological Society 13(1), 48. (Poster presented at the BPS Developmental Psychology Section Conference. Leeds Metropolitan University, 2nd-5th September 2004).

Stivaros, H., Tobbell, J. & Hardman, M. (2004). Daniel’s story: Exploring Year 6 learning.  Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference. UMIST, 16th-18th September.

Stivaros, H. (2004). Participants of research: Whose story is it?  Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association New Researchers/Student Conference.  UMIST, 15th September.

Stivaros, H. (2003). Acceding the power: ‘Doing’ qualitative research with children.  Paper presented at the Emerging Complexity in Conducting Qualitative Research in Psychology Conference.  University of Leeds, 10th-11th April.

Stivaros, H., Tobbell, J. & Lawthom, R. (2002). The embedded context of children’s learning. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference. University of Exeter, 12th-14th September.

Stivaros, H. (2002). Tensions experienced through a dual role as researcher and worker. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Student Symposium. University of Exeter, 11th-12th September.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the BPS Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology (DTRP)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)