Jamie Cruickshank

Jamie Cruickshank


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Areas of interest: My general background is in clinical/health psychology/counselling psychology and have supervised projects that are both qualitative and quantitative in nature.

In terms of supervising students, I am ideally looking for people who have a general interest in issues such as mental wellbeing, resilience, coping (both positive and negative aspects), bereavement and loss, religiosity/spirituality and public perceptions of mental illness, EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity) in Further and Higher education, Queer identities and Queer lived experiences.

In addition, I am interested in the following factors that might impact on the above-mentioned areas of interest: social media usage, social media bias, self-esteem, fear of negative evaluation (social anxiety), perceived peer acceptance, religious engagement, gender and sexual identity, cultural and regional identity, working in online spaces, social isolation and the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on the self, to name a few.

Largely I am interested in phenomenological investigations within psychology, focusing on what a subjective experience of something is, rather than do differences exist between variables, are they related and by how much. I tend to supervise qualitative projects utilising Grounded Theory or Thematic analysis. However, I do sometimes supervise quantitative work, largely focused on health-based themes by collecting and analysing survey data.

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