Name: Dr Alex Forsythe
Programme: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Dr Alex Forsythe is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has recently been appointed as Head of Standards and Certification for the Association of Business psychologists and she is Director of the Masters in Research Methods at the University of Liverpool. Alex supports online students across the world in their academic studies at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level. Recognizing how critical it is that students have the best support materials to guide their learning, Alex has provided freelance support, designing and writing teaching materials at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level. Areas include individual differences, the history of psychology, the psychology of learning, research methods, leadership, coaching and global talent management. Alex Forsythe has advanced professional standing in several areas relating to human performance, all of which require demonstrable evidence of diagnostic skills, problem-solving capacities, and diverse applied experience. She has special interests in all facets of measurement. From the measurement of human performance to the measurement very small things such as icons, symbols and repeating patterns, to very large things such as buildings. Her work measuring role that small repeating patterns, known as fractals, play in aesthetic experience and the potential the early diagnosis of Dementia has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Scientist, The Times, Guardian and by the BBC. Alex has received funding from the Kings Funds to evaluate the design of palliative care settings and was awarded a European Fellowship to advise architects involved in the design of healing environments and to build industry-university partnerships.
Name: Dr Hilary Miller BA Ed (Hons), Ph.D
Programme: BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice
Hilary is a retired police officer having completed 30 years of service with South Wales Police. Throughout her career she has served in various departments including response, community, serious and major crime as a HOLMES operator and concluded her career in the training department. Hilary has presented her research in conferences in both the UK and in the USA and has published with distinguished authors. Hilary is also a part-time lecturer on the Police Sciences Degree Course at the University of South Wales and has been tutoring with University of Essex Online since 2011.
Name: Dr Sarah Thurgood CPsychol MAR
Programme: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Dr Sarah is the Head of Psychology at University of Essex Online, having joined the team in December 2017 to lead the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme. She is a Chartered Psychologist and she holds a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology and her research interests are in infant feeding and support for new first-time mothers. Prior to the Doctorate, she completed a BSc Forensic Psychology and an MSc Health Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. Previous experience includes working within a Local Authority in the Public Health Intelligence Team, as an Addiction Researcher conducting research on what is ‘recovery’? and as an Assistant Manager of a Psychiatric Hostel, supporting patients day-to-day with long-term mental health conditions. Sarah has published journal articles in the field of substance misuse and smoking cessation.