Dr Margaret Cousins

Deputy Head of Department, Senior Lecturer

Margaret is one of the Deputy Heads of Department, with an interest in Learning and Teaching issues. Her core teaching areas are in cognitive psychology and research methods, and her specialist area is neurodevelopmental disorders.


Margaret followed a career as a musician with a BSc in psychology subjects from the Open University, and then an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and a PhD from the University of Lancaster, where she carried out research on adults with movement coordination impairments. She completed Postgraduate Certificates in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and in Research Student Supervision.


Margaret joined the department in 2006 from a previous post at the University of Central Lancashire. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an Associate Fellow and Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (Division of Teachers and Researchers). She has a particular interest in learning and teaching issues. In her Deputy Head role, she has shared responsibility for undergraduate issues, including oversight of the Applied Psychology programme at University Centre Shrewsbury, and assists with staffing and workload issues for the department. Her principle teaching focus at present is research methods and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Contact details

Email: m.cousins@chester.ac.uk.

Tel: 01244 511686


Margaret teaches on a range of modules, including Secrets of the Brain (PS4018), The Psychology of the Arts, Culture and Media (PS4020), Becoming a Psychological Researcher (PS5015), Understanding the Mind (PS5017) and The Psychology of Identity, Community and Diversity (PS5500). She is module leader for Understanding Developmental Disorders (PS6011) and she also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and is on a doctoral supervision team.


Research interests include Developmental Coordination Disorder, and more generally, visuo-motor ability. Margaret is also interested in music psychology and has interests in pedagogic research relating to student achievement and success.

Published work

Cousins, M., & Smyth, M.M. (2003). Developmental coordination impairments in adulthood.  Human Movement Science, 22(4-5), 433-459. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2003.09.003
Cousins, M., & Smyth, M.M. (2004). Progression and development in DCD. In D. Sugden &  M. Chambers (Eds.). Children with developmental coordination disorder. London, UK: Whurr.
Smyth, M.M., & Cousins, M. (2005). Developmental coordination disorder. In B.Hopkins (Ed.). The Cambridge encyclopedia of child development. Cambridge, UK:  Cambridge University Press.