• School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Research Interests

    I am an experimental social psychologist interested in how people’s complex social environments impact upon health and wellbeing. One theme of my research focuses on the psychological processes that influence addictive behaviours, with a particular focus on alcohol consumption. The other focuses on how social cognition develops, and is altered, through health and disease. 

    I am also an expert in Open Science: I am Aston’s Local Network Lead for the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN), a member of the Framework for Open & Reproducible Research Training (FORRT), and an Action Editor for Registered Reports for Addiction Research & Theory, and Peer Community In. I am the Author of "A Student's Guide to Open Science: How the Replication Crisis can Reform Psychology", published by Open University Press. 

    Funding Applications and Awards

    2022-2023: £19,750, Principle Investigator, Research England: Enhancing Research Culture.

    2022-2023: £97,000, Principle Investigator, Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) with matched contribution from the Institute of Health & Neurodevelopment.

    2022-2023: £2,600, Co-Principal Investigator, The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP).

    2019-2020: £60,000, Co-Principal Investigator, NHS Health Education England.

    2018-2019: £15,000, Principal Investigator, Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Research Award, University of the West of England.

     

    Management Role

    I am the Programme Director of the Single Honours Psychology programme at Aston University.

    Teaching Activity

    I teach on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

    PY1504 Developmental & Social Psychology, Year 1 Psychology

    PY3505 Addiction & Impulsivity, Final Year Psychology

    PYM717/727 Advanced Research Methods, MSc Health Psychology

    PY3501 Undergraduate Psychology Research Project

    PYM707, MSc Research Project

    Employment

    2020-Present: Lecturer in Psychology, School of Health & Life Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham.

    2017-2020: Lecturer in Social Psychology, Department of Health & Social Sciences, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

    2016-2017: Teaching Associate, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University.

    2013-2016: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, Edge Hill University.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN)

    Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)

    Framework for Open & Reproducible Research Training (FORRT)

    ReproducibiliTEA Journal Club Lead

     

    Professional/editorial offices

    PhD Supervision

    2023-Current: Evelyn Murray (Primary Supervisor)

    2023-Current: Michelle Oxtoby (Associate Supervisor)

    2023-Current: Yanli Wan (Associate Supervisor)

    Available PhD Studentships

    Available to supervise PhD students in the above research areas. Please contact: c.pennington@aston.ac.uk

    Contact Details

    E-mail: c.pennington@aston.ac.uk

    Phone Number: 0121 204 4889

    Office: SW511A

    Education/Academic qualification

    SFHEA, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Aston University

    Award Date: 30 Nov 2023

    PhD, Edge Hill University

    2 Sept 20132 Sept 2016

    Award Date: 2 Sept 2016

    PG Cert, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 29 Jun 2015

    BSc, Edge Hill University

    2 Sept 20102 Sept 2013

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

    External positions

    External Examiner, MSc Psychology Conversion programme, University of Worcester

    1 Jun 20231 Jun 2027

    Higher Education Advisory Board, McGrawHill publishers

    26 Jan 2022 → …

    Action Editor: Peer Community In Registered Reports

    2021 → …

    Action Editor: Addiction Research & Theory

    2021 → …

    Keywords

    • BF Psychology
    • social cognition
    • intergroup relations
    • prejudice
    • implicit bias
    • unconscious bias training
    • addictive behaviours
    • alcohol consumption
    • attentional bias
    • visual attention
    • alcohol
    • addiction
    • stigma

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