Dr Heather Wilkinson

Senior Lecturer

Heather teaches and supervises students on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree programmes in the Department of Psychology, specialising in the areas of cognitive neuropsychology and also mental health. Heather is also the Career Link Tutor for the Department.

Qualifications

Heather studied for her PhD at the University of Liverpool and conducted research into the long-term forgetting of verbal and non-verbal information in patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. She has also completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in the Context of Higher Education.

Overview

Heather is the Career Link Tutor for the Department of Psychology and provides careers advice and guidance to the students.

Email: h.wilkinson@chester.ac.uk

Teaching

Heather is the module leader for The Secrets of the Brain module (PS4018) and she also teaches on the following Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules: Psychological Research Methods (PS4005) and Research Dissertation (PS6001). She also supervises Masters dissertations on the Masters Conversion Course (PS7112).

Research

Heather’s main research interests focus upon both the areas of mental health and cognitive psychology namely; student attitudes towards mental health, the cognitive processes involved in emotion and also the long-term forgetting of verbal and information in patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Heather is also a member of the Experimental Psychology Society.

Published work

Journal Articles

Damjanovic, L. & Wilkinson, H. (In preparation). The effects of verbal labels on emotion perception. Language and Cognitive Processes.

Damjanovic, L.., Wilkinson, H., & Lloyd, J. (In preparation). Sweet emotion: Odor – induced affective states modulate the search advantage for happy facial expressions.

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, N., Tytherleigh, M., Roberts, S., Wilkinson, H., & Taylor, E. (2013). Living Life after Cancer Treatment:  A support group evaluation study. Chester Research Online, 2.

Wilkinson H, Holdstock, J.H., Baker, G., Herbert, A., Clague, F., Downes, J.J. (2012). Long-term accelerated forgetting of verbal and non-verbal information in temporal lobe epilepsy, Cortex, Mar 48(3), 317-32.

Wilkinson, H., Holdstock, J., Baker, G., Herbert. A., Clague, F., Downes, J.J. (2010). (In preparation). Long – term forgetting of verbal and non – verbal recognition memory in temporal lobe epilepsy patients.

Oral Presentations

2010 - Wilkinson, H., Holdstock, J.H., Baker, G., Herbert, A., Clague, F., Downes, J.J. (2010). ‘Long - term forgetting of verbal and non – verbal recall in temporal lobe epilepsy patients’. Presented at the Thematic Session 8th Spanish Experimental Society (SEPEX) and Experimental Psychological Society (EPS) Conference in Granada Spain, April 15 -17th 20101C: Memory Disorders. Abstracts p.201.

2005 - O’Carroll, P., Taylor, H. (2005). ‘Dual emotional processing in PTSD: Treatment specificity and emotion change’, Symposia Presentation at the 5th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Gothenburg, Sweden 13-17th June. Abstracts p.32.

Poster Presentations

2010: Damjanovic, L., Wilkinson, H., Lloyd, J. (2010). Top –down modulations of the happiness advantage in emotional visual search. 8th Spanish Experimental Society (SEPEX) and Experimental Psychological Society (EPS) Conference in Granada Spain. Poster Session (2 -71).

2004 – Taylor, H., Downes, J.J., Holdstock, J. (2004). ‘Developmental amnesia and long-term forgetting: A case study’. The British Psychological Society Conference in London. Abstracts p.186 - 7.

2003-Taylor, H., Downes, J.J., Baker, G. (2003). ‘Long Term Forgetting in Epilepsy’, The British Psychological Society Conference in Bournemouth. Abstracts p.74.