Helen Stivaros

Dr Helen Stivaros

Senior Lecturer

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Education/Academic qualification

  • Diploma, British Wheel of Yoga

    Teaching Yoga

    2016 - 2018
  • PGCertHE, University of Gloucestershire

    2008 - 2009
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Huddersfield

    Thesis entitled: An ecological perspective of children's school experiences and educational outcome

    2003 - 2008
  • Master of Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

    2001 - 2003
  • Bachelor of Science, Manchester Metropolitan University


    1997 - 2000

Professional Qualifications

  • British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Status, BWY Teacher

    4 Dec 2018 -
  • Associate Fellow British Psychological Society , AFBPsS

    5 Dec 2011 -
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy, FHEA

    30 Mar 2010 -
  • Chartered Member British Psychological Society, CPsychol

    27 Jul 2009 -


I have eleven years' experience of facilitating learning in Higher Education and during this time, I have taken on leadership and enhancement roles, alongside lecturing and administrative duties.  Prior to joining Leeds Trinity in January 2018, I worked at the University of Gloucestershire, where I was Academic Course Leader for  BSc (Hons) Psychology. During my career, I have contributed effectively to a range of BPS accredited Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. This includes taught provision of core BPS areas and modules dedicated to the psychology of education.

Research interests

My primary research interests lie in the application to psychology within education. This is underpinned by PhD research which explored primary school children's learning experiences and attainment through a contextual lens. It has evolved to explore the theory and practice of learning and teaching in Higher Education. More recently, I have developed academic interests in mental health, wellbeing and resilience. My interest in wellbeing was sparked through practice of yoga and meditation; I am a qualified yoga teacher. I have been involved in  knowledge exchange consultancy work, evaluating wellbeing interventions to support vulnerable parties, and delivering workshops on resilience. I am experienced in using and supporting the application of qualitative approaches across a variety of research topics.

Teaching and Administration

Taught provision:

Level 4: Introduction to Educational Psychology (Module Lead); Qualitative Research Methods, Psychology of Social Issues; Ethics, Society and Employability

Level 5: Educational Psychology in Theory and Practice (Module Lead); Qualitative Research Methods

Level 6: Applied Educational Psychology (Module Lead); Final Year Project Supervision (Qualitative Research); Psychology Special Subject Supervision 

Level 7: MSc Psychology (Conversion) student project supervision


Postgraduate supervision

MSc by Research



Administrative responsibilities

Deputy Programme Lead: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development

Departmental Ethics Committee Member


Willingness to take PhD students