Nicola began working as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology in September 2017 and subsequently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, granting her Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 

Nicola was made an Education and Scholarship Lecturer in October 2019. Following her Msc in Child Development, Nicola completed her Phd in Psychology at Keele in 2018, supervised by Professor Claire Fox and Dr Yvonne Skipper.

Nicola is currently the Programme Director for the Psychology Masters course.

Nicola is a member of the Keele Children and Young People's Research Network and her main research interests lie within the topic of inclusion. In particular, Nicola is interested in both social inclusion and academic inclusion and the factors that put individuals at risk, e.g. disabilities. Her research focused on bullying and victimisation in children with and without SEND. This research investigated bullying at both the individual level and at the school level, and recruited 1,599 students from across 9 high schools. Nicola is now interested in focusing on bystander behaviours in bullying, particularly in children with SEND. She is currently planning several final year projects with students to investigate bullying further.


Year 1

  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Design for Psychology
  • Introduction to Statistics

Year 2

  • Survey and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Cognitive and Biological Research Methods in Psychology

Year 3

  • Final Year Project
  • Psychology of Education


  • Advanced study in Child Development (Module Leader)
  • MSc Dissertations
  • Research Apprenticeship