Dr Daniel  McKay

Dr Daniel McKay

Associate Lecturer

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2230
Email
drm23@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Biography

Teaching Activities:

I am an Education Focused Associate Lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. I am Module Coordinator for the 3rd year Psychology Review Module (PS4040), Tutorial Organiser for second year Advanced Principles in Psychology 1 and 2 (PS2001 and PS2002), Course Director for the Psychology & Neuroscience SAEC Summer School, and Depute Module Coordinator for first year Fundamentals of Psychology 1 and 2 (PS1001 and PS1002). 

I currently teach research methods and statistics and run tutorials on neuropsychology, clinical psychology, social psychology, congition, and comparative psychology. 

I am a reflective educator and a keen advocate of research led pedagogy, specifically, applying research and theory from psychology and neuroscience to learning and teaching practice. 

Research Activities:

I am broadly interested in students' behaviour within and outside of class, including, peadgogical (learning and teaching) and social behaviours. Such behaviours always occur within the context of a physical environment, such as, classrooms, library study spaces, social spaces, sports facilities, students' unions, accommodation, or outdoor spaces (e.g., green spaces and beaches). I am particularly keen to explore and understand how such environments are beneficial for or hinder students' learning and well-being. 

Alongside colleagues, including student interns, I am leading research on:

(1) Associations between the availability of appropriate study spaces, coping, and student resilience and (2) associations between academics' perceptions of the physical work environment (work from home and at in the workplace) and work-related outcomes. 

Dissertation Supervision 

I am currently supervising quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods environmental psychology projects on topics, such as, inclusive classroom design; inclusive workspace arrangements; predictors and outcomes associated with favourite places; students' sleep environments, sleep quality, and resilience; and associations between political ideology and perceived suitability of prison environments.