Deborah Husbands

Senior Lecturer

+44 20 7911 5000 ext 69029
115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW
Fridays 11am-12pm (during Semester 1)

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I completed a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree at the University of Westminster in 2009, graduating with a First-Class Honours. I have taught as a Part-Time Visiting Lecturer, Lecturer and now Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department since 2009, and am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2012, I was awarded the Elizabeth de Lowernthal Prize for Excellence for the best portfolio submission on the PCGHE course. I was made an Associate Fellow (2013), then Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013. I began a part-time PhD in 2012 in the area of student experiences. i

I am the Chair for the Human Library Project steering group, and run Human Libraries with Libraries and Curriculum Support staff across all university sites and external organisations. I am also the Psych4Schools co-ordinator, an initiative that sees secondary school pupils engaging with psychology as an applied discipline through exposure to mini-lectures and focused activities.

I am the founding member and Deputy Chair for the university's BME Staff Network, a member of the University's Race Equality Charter Mark Self-Assessment Team and an evaluation panelist for the Equality Charter Unit.

I have taught broadly on a range of modules across the department, and supervise student projects. Currently, I am the module leader for a Level 6 module, Music and the Mind, and also teach on Understanding Psychological Diversity, Developmental Psychology and Health Psychology modules.

My research focus is Black female undergraduate students in psychology as a specific context of student diversity. Using an intersectionality framework, I explore students' narratives to understand how they construct identity in higher education, and interpret meaning-making for their experiences of retention, progression and award/attainment.

I am also part of a QHT-funded project 'CRUCIAL' to explore Black and Minority Ethnic students' sense of belonging using an appreciative inquiry framework and work with students as co-researchers.

2015

Are the scope and nature of psychology properly understood? An examination of belief in myths of popular psychology among university students (2015)
Swami, V., Thorn, L., Husbands, D., Tran, U.S., Nader, I.W., von Nordheim, L., Pietschnig, J., Stieger, S. and Voracek, M. 2015. Are the scope and nature of psychology properly understood? An examination of belief in myths of popular psychology among university students. in: Columbus, A.M. (ed.) Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 101 Hauppage, NY Nova Science Publishers. pp. 9-32

2012

Developing a sense of belonging: Findings from a three institution study with implications for BME students and staff engagement (2012)
Shoderu, R., Kane, S., Husbands, D. and Holley, D. 2012. Developing a sense of belonging: Findings from a three institution study with implications for BME students and staff engagement. Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich. (5), pp. 67-74.

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