Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Research Seminar - Jonathan Sigger (Middlesex University) 19th April 2018, 4-5pm

*** Everyone Welcome! No need to book in advance*** 

Date: Thursday 19th April 

Time: 16:00 - 17:00

Room: Building 9, Room BG09B

Jonathan Sigger (Middlesex University)

At your convenience: hand washing and hand hygiene in shared amenitites


Effective hand hygiene is a prime defence against contaminated hands transmitting and spreading infections (1) via entryways of the body (e.g. eyes, nose and mouth); and (2) onto other people who can themselves, in the turn of a vicious circle, go onto contaminate common hand contact surfaces (in public toilets, hospitals, food preparation areas etc.)

This presentation gives a broad overview of hand hygiene including hit-and-miss health promotions; the fall, rise and fall in hand washing compliance in places such as hospitals and public toilets; and Psychology’s contributions to understanding this state-of-affairs.  


Jonathan Sigger is a Senior lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University. His teaching and research background is in social psychology and lately his research interests have turned to the multidisciplinary area of hand hygiene and hand washing.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Research Seminar - Neda Nobari Nazari (University of Leeds)

Research Seminar - Neda Nobari Nazari (University of Leeds)

*** Everyone Welcome! No need to book in advance*** 

Date: Thursday 22nd March
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Room: Building 9, Room BG09B

Neda Nobari Nazari (University of Leeds)

Preventative counterterrorism policing: Impact of community engagement on public cooperation


Community engagement is regarded as a preventative and proactive strategy. It is based on the notion that crime prevention can be made possible through citizen empowerment, as they can address the problems that lead to crime. In recent years community engagement has increasingly developed a high profile in policing and wider government policy, especially in counterterrorism context. Counterterrorism strategies such as PREVENT, encourage such community-level engagements.

However, in order for prevention to work, engagement needs to be delivered effectively. One way of exploring this effectiveness is the citizen's willingness to report. By looking at the willingness to report a crime (to police or any other agency) we may be able to demonstrate a causal relationship between intervention through community engagement and reporting behaviour. While this is not directly linked to a measurement of prevention of radicalisation and extremism, it is central to developing an understanding of the use of community engagement in identifying individuals at risk: i.e. is it effective?

The argument presented here is that that community engagement induces a psychological state, which encourages and/or seeks motivation and commitment from the public. Additionally, public cooperation, too, is formed on the basis of psychological needs and reasoning. This indicates that addressing psychological needs is vital for both engagement and cooperation. Therefore, it is argued that for community engagement to be effective in inducing public support, the psychological needs for cooperation must be addressed in engagement.

Biography: PhD researcher in policing of radicalisation and extremism in the UK and Denmark. Holds an MSc in Psychology. Previously worked at the Home Office Analysis and Insight and the PRIME Project, which dealt with lone wolf terrorism.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Psychology Careers Conference - Saturday 10th March 2018 (9.30am - 4pm)

Psychology Careers Conference 2018
   The Middlesex Psychology Society are putting on a full day careers conference, with speakers from across the different professions in psychology as well as panel talks to find out more about different options in research careers, and with post graduate options. There are three blocks of talks, so you can choose the ones that interest you most, and join us at the end of the day for tea, coffee and networking to talk to some of our speakers and get to know other students.

   As well as the society committee and the Middlesex Psychology department, there will also be some representatives from the British Psychological Society, so it's a great opportunity to find out more about what they do, and some of the events they are putting on for students across London.

  This event is aimed at both undergraduate and A-level students and is free to attend.
Venue: Hatchcroft Building, Middlesex University
Type: Society Event
Start Date: Saturday 10th March 2018 - 09:30
End Date: Saturday 10th March 2018 - 16:00
Contact Details
Natasha White - Events Officer n.white@mdx.ac.uk
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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Research Seminar - Dr Darrick Jolliffe (University of Greenwich)

*** Everyone Welcome! No need to book in advance*** 

Date: Thursday 8th March
Time: 16:00-17:00 
Room: Building 9 BG09B

Dr Darrick Jolliffe (University of Greenwich) 


Abstract: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups are over-represented in prison. Members of these groups make up around 12.4% of the general population (aged over 18) but over 25% of the approximately 85,000 individuals in prison. The reasons for this over-representation have been shown to include biases against BAME groups at every step of the criminal justice process including policing practices (especially stop and search), prosecution and disposals. However, what has received much less research attention is the disproportionate treatment of BAME groups in prison. BAME prisoners are more likely to be subject to use of force by prison officers, more likely to be placed in segregation, more likely to be on the Basic regime (meaning they are ‘banged up’ 23 hours a day) and less likely to progress in their sentences to less restrictive prison regimes. Based on questionnaires, interviews with prisoners, prison officers, senior managers and embedded community groups this research explores the potential reasons for this disproportionate treatment and evaluates one initiative designed to address this complex issue.

Biography: Dr Darrick Jolliffe is Research Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Greenwich (since 2013), and was Senior Lecturer of Criminology at the University of Leicester. Darrick has led funded research projects for the Ministry of Justice, NHS, National Offender Management Service, National Police Improvement Agency, Equality and Human Rights Commission, the National Probation Service, Corston Independent Funding Council, Danish Police Knowledge Research Centre, and the Ministry of Justice Chile. Darrick has authored or co-authored over 80 book chapters, articles and official reports and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology and Victims and Offenders and is Associate Editor of The Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. Darrick is the academic lead of Project Oracle and regularly speaks at City Hall about the importance of evaluations research.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Research Seminar - Dr Gillian Pepper (Newcastle University)

*** Everyone Welcome! No need to book in advance*** 

Date: Monday 8th January
Time: 16:00-17:00 
Room: Building 9 BG09B

Dr Gillian Pepper (Newcastle University) 
Sampling the effects of the exposome on telomeres: A meta-analysis


The exposome is the sum of all environmental exposures, including lifestyle factors, experienced by an individual throughout the life course. It has been argued that, to have a complete understanding of the role of gene-environment interactions in the aetiology of disease, we must complement genomic analyses with more-accurate measures of the exposome. Telomeres are DNA protein complexes that form protective caps on the ends of chromosomes and are thought to preserve chromosomal stability. Telomeres shorten with each cell division and their shortening is associated with cellular senescence, meaning measures of telomere length and attrition have been widely adopted as biomarkers of ageing. Telomeres also shorten more rapidly with exposure to stressors, making them a promising biomarker for investigating the effects of stress on ageing. It has been suggested that telomeres might serve as an integrative biomarker of stress, offering a single-measure indicator of exposure to a variety of stressors. That is, telomeres may provide a single-biomarker index of the exposome. Our systematic review and meta-analysis has synthesised evidence on the associations between telomeric measures and a variety of exposures, from environmental hazards to smoking and psychosocial stress. I will present our findings based on 553 associations, with a combined sample size of 407,620. I will discuss the implications of our findings for public health, and for the utility of telomeres as an index of the exposome.

After studying as an undergraduate at the University of Liverpool, I won an Interdisciplinary Bridging Award in order to continue my undergraduate research on morning sickness. I then went on to gain experience in science policy and communication. I undertook work experience with the BBC Specialist Factual Unit (TV), and with BBC Focus Magazine. I worked for Newton’s Apple as a Policy and Project Manager and later as their Director. I spent 2 years working as a Communications Manager at the Department of Health, while I completed my MSc in Evolutionary Psychology at Brunel University. I was awarded my PhD in behavioural sciences from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University in 2015. I went on to work as a visiting postdoctoral scholar with the Newcastle City Council Public Health Team, then joined the Newcastle Institute of Health and Society, where I spent 2015 working as a postdoc in the Health Psychology group with Vera Araujo-Soares.
My main research interests are around socioeconomic differences in experiences, attitudes and behaviours, and their relationship to inequalities in health and ageing. I use observational and experimental data to examine differences in health behaviours, reproductive scheduling, social trust and, more recently, biomarkers of ageing.