Dr Mandy Urquhart

Programme Leader

Mandy is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist who specialises in Developmental Psychology.  Mandy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

E-mail: m.urquhart@chester.ac.uk

Qualifications

Mandy obtained her Degree from the University of Dundee.  She continued her studies there, completing her PhD on a thesis on the development of self-awareness in early infancy.

Teaching

Mandy was awarded the Most Inspiring Lecturer 2015/2016 at the Above and Beyond Award Ceremony held by Chester Student’s Union. She has previously been nominated and short-listed for Most Outstanding PAT, and Most Innovative Lecturer for last 3 years. Mandy has also won the National Psychology Postgraduate Teaching Award 2010, awarded by The Higher Education Academy Psychology Network in recognition for the significant impact she made through her teaching.

Mandy is the Module Leader in Psychology of Parenting (PS5014) at Level 5, Developmental Psychology (PS6002) at Level 6, and Family Psychology in Society (PS7305) at Level 7. In terms of Supervision, Mandy manages Dissertation students at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Research

Mandy’s research is mainly located within Developmental Psychology where she employs both quantitative and qualitative approaches.  She is currently involved in a project exploring cross-cultural differences in the development of self-awareness, and is working with other researchers in the UK to collect data from mother-infant pairs in Kenya, UK, Sweden, Turkey and Zambia.  Other projects include investigations into place attachment, perceptions of sexual abuse in children, and parental rejection theory.  She has recently completed a pedagogic study into the use of mQlicker in teaching.

Published work

Journal Articles

Ross, J., Urquhart-Yilmaz, M., Dale, R., Cassidy, R., Yildirim, I., & Zeedyk, M.S. (2016).  Cultural differences in self-recognition:  The early development of autonmous and related selves.  Developmental Science, pp1-13 DOI: 10-111/desc.12387

Carroll, J., Kirkham, J., Urquhart-Yilmaz, M., & O'Neill, L. (2016).  Enhanced learning and teaching through technology: Promoting student engagement through electronic voting systems using mobile phones.  Submitted and under review.

Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. & Ross, J. (2016).  Maternal role in the development of self-awareness.  Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development (in prep.)

Conference Papers

Ross, J., Urquhart-Yilmaz, M., & Zeedyk, M.S. (2016).  The socialisation of self:  Investigating the link between autonomous parenting and early mirror self-recognition.  Paper accepted and presented at the 1st Lancaster Conference on Infant and Child Development (LCICD), Lancaster University, August 2016.

O’Neill, L., Carroll, J., Kirkham, J., & Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2014). “Students – switch your mobiles on!” Teaching enhancing student engagement. Paper presented at Annual Staff Conference, University of Chester.

Lloyd, J., Rohner, R.P., Kirkham, J., & Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2014). The PARQ-AO: A valid and reliable tool for assessing perceived parental acceptance in parent-adult offspring relationships. Paper presented at 5th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Conference, Chisinau, Moldova.

O’Neill, L., Carroll, J., Kirkham, J., & Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2014). Enhancing the student experience. Paper presented at HEA Stem Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey, Edinburgh.

Peach, D., Urquhart-Yilmaz, M., & Zeedyk, M.S. (2012). A phenomenological dialogic thematic analysis of maternal dyadic discourse during a mirror self-recognition study. Paper presented at BPS Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, Windsor.

Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2010). Student Assistanceships: A model which promotes confidence, motivation and learning. Paper presented at PLAT 2010, the fifth biennial Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, Edinburgh. June.

Ross, J., Urquhart-Yilmaz, M., Dale, R., & Zeedyk, M. S. (2010). Mother-infant interaction and the development of bodily self-awareness in Kenya and Scotland. Paper presented at British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference London.

Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2008). Maternal role in the development of self-awareness in early infancy. Paper presented at the BPS Scottish Branch Conference, Clydebank. November 2008.

Zeedyk, M. S. & Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2008). Maternal influences on the development of self: Insights from cross-cultural comparisons. Paper presented at the BPS Developmental Section Conference, Oxford. September 2008.

Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2008). Maternal role in the development of self-awareness in early infancy: A Scottish perspective. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Conference on the Dialogical Self, Cambridge. August 2008.

Zeedyk, M. S., & Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2008). Early mother-infant mirror play in Turkish and UK cultures. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Conference on the Dialogical Self Cambridge.

Urquhart-Yilmaz, M., Morcos, M. L. & Ritchie, M. (2005). Being Female in a Scottish University. Paper presented at the Women as Global Leaders: Educating the Next Generation Conference at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. March 2005.

 

Invited Public Talks

Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2009). Mother-infant relations in early infancy: a cross-cultural perspective. Presented at Café Science Extra, Sensation, Dundee. February 2009.

Urquhart-Yilmaz, M. (2009). Mother-infant relations in early infancy: a cross-cultural perspective. Presented at Café Science Extra, Sensation, Dundee. May 2009