• 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 and my research spans two main themes: (1) addictive behaviours and (2) social cognition. In the first theme, I investigate the affective, motivational and cognitive processes that influence addictive behaviours, as well as the stigma ascribed to substance use disorders. In the second theme, I explore how intergroup relations, prejudice and stereotyping affect how we interact with others. 

    I am also an expert in open science and open scholarship, and am Aston's Local Network Lead for the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN), organise the ReproducibiliTEA journal club, and am a member of the Framework for Open & Reproducible Research Training (FORRT). I am currently involved in several meta-research projects and advise on open science through my editorialship roles for Addiction, Research & Theory, and Peer Community In Registered Reports. 

    Funding Applications and Awards

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

    2019-2020: £5,000, Co-Principal Investigator, Aston Joint Research Group Fund.

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

    2018-2019: £6,000, Principal Investigator, Psychological Sciences Research Group Internship Scheme, University of the West of England.

    2018-2019: £500, Psychological Sciences Research Group Impact Scheme.

    2016-2017: £13,000, Co-Principal Investigator, Research Investment Fund, Edge Hill University.

    Teaching Activity

    I teach on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

    Developmental and Social Psychology, Year 1 Psychology.

    Social Responsibility in Psychology, Year 1 Psychology.

    Advanced Research Methods, MSc Health Psychology.

    Health Behaviours & Interventions, MSc Health Psychology.

    UG and MSc Dissertation 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

    Local Network Lead of UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN)

    ReproducibiliTEA Journal Club Lead

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    Contact Details

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

    Phone Number: TBC

    Office: SW410G (4th Floor, South Wing)

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Edge Hill University

    2 Sep 20132 Sep 2016

    Award Date: 2 Sep 2016

    PG Cert, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 29 Jun 2015

    BSc, Edge Hill University

    2 Sep 20102 Sep 2013

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

    External positions

    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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