Ms Anne Pearson

School of Health & Society

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I have been working at University of Salford for 20 years in academic and applied psychological settings and occupy a number of key roles within the Directorate of Psychology and Sport, including programme leader for BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling studies, undergraduate admissions tutor, and dissertation module leader.

As a Lecturer in Psychology and programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling I am responsible for the daily coordination of all activities related to the academic programme, including administration, and teaching and learning. As programme leader, I oversee the pastoral care of approximately 180 undergraduate students. In my role as UG admissions tutor I lead the recruitment of students to all our Psychology programmes, I organise and coordinate open days, and lead offer holder days for prospective students. I am also responsible for the recruitment of mature students under the Salford Alternative Entry scheme (SAES) . As a personal tutor I provide academic and welfare advice and support, with an emphasis on supporting a number of students experiencing challenges to their psychological health.

During my time at Salford I have taught and led both undergraduate and postgraduate modules. My current teaching responsibilities include undergraduate modules across all of our Psychology programmes. As part of the syllabus on these modules I cover a range of psychological skills, in particular those related to interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies . Students undertake a range of study and skills-based activities including non-verbal communication, listening skills, empathy, reflection and understanding symptoms of psychological strain (level 5). Psychology, neurophysiology, developmental psychopathology, psychiatry and behavioural genetics are some of the areas covered in the study of the Psychology of Mental Health at level 6 .

I have published research in the development of emotional intelligence skills in counselling. This utilised a measure of emotional intelligence developed by a colleague and me, which along with related research I have presented at both regional and national levels (BPS conference). I have worked with a variety of partners developing emotional competences which has included skills-based materials for use in schools. More recently I have contributed to a chapter in the book Psychological Considerations when Attending for Mammography Screening (2022). I am currently involved in research evaluating a University Counselling service.

I have an postgraduate qualifications in Psychology and Counselling (MSc with Distinction) and a postgraduate Certificate in Counselling, and in teaching (PGCE in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (with Distinction)). My undergraduate degree was the BSc (Hons) Psychology.

Areas of Research

Research Interests: Revolve around the areas of counselling / therapies/ mental health/ Emotional Intelligence / NICE and IAPT consdierations