Elise Gear

Elise Gear


Personal profile

Educational background

Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (BSc). Dissertation: 'The Stigma of Illness: Examining Sex Differences and the Predictive Capabilities of Exposure, Knowledge and Empathy'. 

Clinical Psychology (MSc). Awarded the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College Trust Scholarship. Dissertation: 'Mindfulness for Non-Clinical Paranoia: A Randomised Controlled Trial'. 


Research interests

My current research interests lie in understanding the experience of paranoia within the general population. I am presently investigating the prevalence of non-clinical paranoia within the workplace. During the latter years of my PhD I hope to establish and validate behavioural indices of non-clincial paranoia, through the use of virtual reality technology. 


I am a Graduate Teaching Associate and work as a lab tutor on the second year undergradaute course: Psychological Research Methods and Analysis (PS2010). I have completed the Programme in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning qualification (inSTLL). 

Other work

I volunter as an editor for THESIS, a pedagogic research group within the Royal Holloway Psychology Department and School of Life Sciences and the Environment. Alongside my contributions to managing the social media pages and website, I am involved in designing and promoting pedagogic initiatives within the school. I have co-ordinated and hosted two teaching focused symposiums aimed at prospective and current PhD students, junior tutors and aspiring HE teachers. In June 2021 the THESIS members were awarded a College Team Teaching Commendation in recognition of our work to establish an innovative predagogic group and platform. 



I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being