Miss Elise Gear

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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). 

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