Kirsty completed her PhD at the University of Dundee having been awarded a distinction for her Masters degree in Psychological Research Methods. To date, her research work has focussed on social, health and developmental psychology, and has been published in national and international journals and books. For a list of current publications click here.

She has presented her research in a variety of community and academic settings including TEDx and Cafe Science, and her expertise has been sought by education specialists, councils, local and international media, and charities. She has had her work reported in national newspapers, on TV, and has been interviewed on local and national radio. For research dissemination and media click here, and public engagement events click here.

Kirsty is qualified to be a member of the British Psychological Society and is a proud member of the Heterodox Academy. She has also been a STEM Ambassador, and a member of the Women in Science (WISE) network. Responsibilities include positions on the editorial board of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology as well as the Scottish Union for Education.

As a result of teaching at a variety of levels (from high school to university post-graduate), Kirsty is passionate about widening access to education, and has worked with University Academic Services, The Brilliant Club and on the Schools for Higher Education Programme. She has also been nominated and short-listed for teaching awards for commitment to student welfare and inspirational teaching.