Isabella McMurray

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

C. Psychol.

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society in Teaching and Research.  In collaboration with colleagues within the School of Psychology and wider university I have worked on projects relating to housing needs of teenage parents, the development and resilience of looked after children, parenting projects in the community, the student experience, student employability and evaluating road safety campaigns in Luton and Bedfordshire.

I have undertaken consultancy work relating to different aspects of research methods and analysis and children’s resilience. I enjoy working with charities and organisations in the local community and seeing how our students develop from excited, sometime nervous first years to confident, informed graduates. 

I teach Foundation year students at Level 3, and also at level 4, 5 and 6 through to MSc students.  I have supervised MSc by research students and PhD students.

Other References

Qualifications

  • Chartered Psychologist in Teaching and Research – British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of Higher Education – Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education - University of Bedfordshire
  • MSc Psychology (by Research) - University of Bedfordshire
  • BSc Psychology and English Language – University of Luton

Leadership & Teaching Roles

  • BA Psychology and Criminal Behaviour Course leader (top
  • BA Psychology Course (top-up) leader
  • BA Psychology Course leader (Luton and Guyana)
  • Link Tutor: Nations, Guyana
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Unit Co-ordinator
  • Forensic Psychology Unit Co-ordinator
  • MRes Dissertation Supervision
  • PhD Supervision
  • I also teach on the following units:
    • Atypical child and adolescent development
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Foundations to Psychology
    • Psychology of Everyday Life
    • Psychology in Practice
    • Social processes and lifespan development
    • Psychological Understanding of Individuals in Society

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning (the student experience and employability)
  • Developmental (parenting, fathering and children’s resilience)
  • Applied psychology (driving attitudes and behaviour, evaluating services)
  • Research methods (different research designs and analysis, research ethics)

Funded Research Projects

  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P (2012) Evaluation of Families Feeling Safe Programme
  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P (2012) Evaluation of Caring Dads Programme.
  • Roberts, P and McMurray, I (2011) Evaluation of Luton Borough Council Road Safety Campaigns.
  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P (2011) Evaluation of Central Bedfordshire Road Safety Campaigns.
  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P. (2011) Supporting young novice drivers road safety (Bedfordshire Highway Agency)
  • McMurray, I. (2009) Facilitating the employability of Psychology students. (CETL Funded Project)
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P., Robertson I, Gaitán, A (2008) 'The Psychology Degree: Transitions to Employment’ (CETL Funded Project)
  • McMurray, I (2005) Young Parents consultation on housing and related support needs. Luton Primary Care Trust
  • Roberts, P, McMurray, I Robertson I (2005) 'Enhancing the Quality of the Undergraduate Learning Experience: A follow up study’ (HEFCE Teaching & Learning funded Project)
  • Worrell, M, McMurray, I, Roberts, P (2004) 'Enhancing the Quality of the Undergraduate Learning Experience’ (HEFCE Teaching & Learning funded Project)

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the BPS Developmental Psychology Section
  • Member of the BPS section on Social Work
  • External Examiner: BSc Psychology Marjon University (2018-2022)
  • External Examiner: MSc Psychology (conversion course) Marjon University (2018-2022)
  • Member of the University of Bedfordshire CATS Faculty Teaching Quality Standards Committee board
  • External validation panellist for BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, Great Yarmouth College, University of Suffolk February 2017
  • Ethics Committee Member, UNILEVER, Colesworth, Bedfordshire (2009-2011)
  • Reviewer for: Children and Society, Child and Family Social Work, Cyberpsychology and Behaviour, Psychology Teaching and Learning Journal

Conference Presentations

  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P (2016) Families Feeling Safe. INPACT Conference, Portugal (Oral Presentation)
  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P (2015) CAFCASS Parenting programmes intervention evaluation. European Congress of Psychology Conference, Milan (Oral Presentation)
  • Horan , L., Roberts, P and McMurray. I (2015). Motorcycle Awareness:
    A Hazard Perception Experiment. InPACT 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Oral Presentation).
  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P. (2012) Student expectations and experiences of their psychology degree. EUROPLAT. Lithuania
  • Roberts, P., McMurray, I., Ertubey, E and Roberston, I. (2011) The development of a Psychology student research community in the UK: A student evaluation. British Psychological Society Annual Conference. Glasgow. May 2011 (Oral Presentation)
  • Roberts, P., McMurray, I., Ertubey, E and Roberston, I (2011) Psychology Students Evaluation of a research community in the UK. The 12th European Congress of Psychology. Istanbul, Turkey, July 2011. (Oral Presentation).
  • McMurray, I and Nethercott, K (2011) Being a Dad: Father’s perception of fatherhood in a UK online community. (Poster Presentation).
  • Gaitán, A, McMurray, I., Robertson, A., Roberts, P and Coughlin, A (2011) Understanding the students’ experiences of e-PDP and the factors that shape their attitudes. Epic 9th International Conference on e-portfolios and identity. July 2011 (Oral Presentation)
  • Teoh, K., Robertson, I., McMurray, I and Hand, C (2011) Using e-feedback to improve student development and staff efficiency. University of Bedfordshire Conference. July 2011. (Oral Presentation)
  • Robertson, A., Roberts, P., McMurray, I and Ingram, J (2011) Assessing the impact of an embedded information skills programme. University of Bedfordshire Conference. July 2011. (Oral Presentation)
  • McMurray, I, Roberts, P, Scott, E and Kumar, A (2010) Assessment Centres: A teaching method to enhance employability. University of Bedfordshire Conference 2010: Bridging the Gaps. Luton. England (oral presentation)
  • Guppy, A., McMurray, I., Heidel, V. & Preston-Shoot, M. (2010).  Systematic review of interventions within clients with long-standing alcohol problems and housing needs. University of Bedfordshire Conference 2010: Bridging the Gaps. Luton. England. (oral presentation)
  • Normal 0 false false false EN-GB ZH-TW AR-SA Gaitán, A, McMurray, I, Roberts P., Robertson, A and Coughlin A (2010) Reflecting on reflection: Challenges and possible solutions. University of Bedfordshire Conference 2010: Bridging the Gaps. Luton. England (oral presentation)
  • Robertson, S.I., Roberts, P., McMurray, I., Teoh, K., Sochos, A. (2010) Research informed Teaching in the Psychology Curriculum: An Initial Evaluation, PLAT 2010 Conference. Edinburgh Napier University, 30 June-2 July 2010 (oral presentation).
  • Nethercott, K and McMurray, I (2009) Perceptions of Fatherhood and Father Involvement: How do Fathers Perceive their Children would rate their involvement? BPS Developmental Psychology Conference. 10th September 2009, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England (oral presentation)
  • Scott, E., Harrison, P., Roberts, P and McMurray, I (2009) Sharing the journey of embedding careers and employability skills within the Psychology curriculum. AGCAS Biennial Conference. 8th September 2009. Brunel University, London. England. (oral presentation)
  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P (2009) Assessment Centres: A teaching method to enhance employability. 11th European Congress of Psychology, Oslo, Norway (poster presentation)
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P., Robertson I, Gaitain, A (2008) Embedding the Psychology Degree: Transitions to Employment. 3rd International Conference on Teaching of Psychology. St. Petersburg, Russia (oral presentation)
  • McMurray, I., Connolly, H., Preston-Shoot, M. and Wigley, V (2008) Shards of the old looking glass: Restoring the significance of identity constructions in promoting positive outcomes for looked after children. July 2008: Care Matters: Transforming Lives – Improving Outcomes Conference. Incorporating the 8th International Looking After Children Conference. Keeble College, Oxford, 7-9th July 2008. (oral presentation)
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P., Robertson I, Gaitán, A (2008) ' Embedding Employment into the Psychology Undergraduate Curriculum (CETL Funded Project). Higher Education Academy Psychology Network Conference. (oral presentation)
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P., Robertson I, Gaitán, A (2008) 'The Psychology Degree: Transitions to Employment’ (CETL Funded Project). University of Bedfordshire Teaching and Learning Symposium – 17th June 2008 (oral presentation)

Publications

  • Wood. L. & McMurray, I. (2018)  "Perceptions of alcohol use in UK 12–14 year olds", Drugs and Alcohol Today,18, (4), pp.262-271, doi.org/10.1108/DAT-12-2017-0063
  • McMurray, I., Rafferty, C., Sutton, C and Patel, S. (2017) Using dissertation projects to facilitate transitions to university and employment: an exploratory case study.  Journal of Further and Higher Education.  41 (3) 273-285
  • Edwards, S. and McMurray, I. (2017).  Type of leisure activity adolescents with Developmental co-ordination disorder participant in: The impact on their perceived freedom of leisure and life satisfaction.  Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal. 14, 21-36.
  • Preston-Shoot, M., Wigley, V., McMurray, I. and Connolly, H. (2012) Researching young people’s outcomes in children’s services: findings from a longitudinal study. Journal of Social Work, 12 (6), 573-594  
  • Roberts, P., Ertubey, C., McMurray, I., Robertson, I. (2012) Developing a psychology undergraduate research community in a new university. Psychology Teaching Review. 18 (2) 82-93
  • Robertson, A., McMurray, I., Roberts, P and Ingram, J. (2012) Embedding a curriculum-based information literacy programme at the University of Bedfordshire. Journal of Pedagogic Development. 1 (2) 4-10
  • McMurray, I., Connolly, H., Preston-Shoot, M. and Wigley, V. (2011) Shards of the old looking glass: Restoring the significance of identity constructions in promoting positive outcomes for looked after children. Child and Family Social Work, 16, 210-218
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P.,Robertson, S.I. and Teoh, K. (2011) An Action Research Project exploring the Psychology Degree: Transitions to Employment. Psychology Teaching Review
  • Robertson, I., Teoh, K., McMurray, I., Roberts, P and Sochos, A. (2011) Research Informed Learning In The Psychology Curriculum: An Initial Evaluation. Psychology Learning and Teaching Journal 10 (2) 84-94.
  • Preston-Shoot, M., Wigley, V., McMurray, I. and Connolly, H. (2011) Researching young people’s outcomes in children’s services: findings from a longitudinal study. Journal of Social Work
  • Short, E and McMurray I (2009) Mobile Phone Harassment: An Exploration of Student’s perceptions of Intrusive Texting Behaviour. Human Technology Vol 5 (2) 163-180.
  • McMurray, I., Connolly, H., Preston-Shoot, M. and Wigley, V (2008) Constructing Resilience: Social Workers’ Understandings and Practice. Health and Social Care in the Community Special Edition: Health and Social Care Needs of Children and Young People. Vol 16 (3) 299-309.
  • Preston-Shoot, M., Wigley, V., McMurray, I. and Connolly, H. (2008) Reflections on ethical research in action: working at the practice edge. Ethics and Social Welfare 2 (2), 150-171.
  • Connolly, H and McMurray, I (2007) 'Hear me!: A participatory project exploring how unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the United Kingdom conceptualise their experiences next to the provisions of the CRC' International Juvenile Justice Observatory

Book/s Chapters

  • Hinton, P and McMurray, I (2017) Presenting Your Data with SPSS Explained. 
  • Hinton, P., McMurray, I and Brownlow, C (2014) SPSS Explained, 2nd Routledge.
  • Hinton, P., Brownlow, C., McMurray, I and Cozens, B (2004) SPSS Explained, 1st Edition.
  • Kinman, G., McMurray, I and Williams, J (2014) Enhancing Self Knowledge, Coping Skills and Stress Resistance in developing resilience for Social work practice.  
  • McMurray, I. and Roberts, P., with Robertson, S.I. and Teoh, K.(2010) Embedding Employability Skills into the Psychology Undergraduate Curriculum in Atlay (2010) Creating Bridges: A collection of articles relating to the implementation of the Curriculum Review 2008 (CRe8) from practitioners across the University of Bedfordshire.

Research Reports

  • Horan, L., Baldwin, M., and McMurray, I. (2017). The Honest Truth Campaign. Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Partnership.
  • Horan, L., McMurray, I., and Turek-Odushote, A. (2017). ‘OSCAR and The School Run’. Central Bedfordshire Council.
  • Horan, L., Baldwin, M., McMurray, I., and Roberts, P. (2016). The Steering Wheel Tag and Leaflet Campaign. Central Bedfordshire Council.
  • Horan, L., McMurray, I., and Roberts, P. (2016). Seatbelt ‘Belt up for Life’. Luton Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and AMEY.
  • Horan, L., and McMurray, I. (2016). OSCAR, Crash Car Simulator Evaluation. Central Bedfordshire Council.
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P., Meyer, K., and Horan, L. (2015). Evaluation of More 16 Intervention. Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Partnership.
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P., Maciejewski, G., and Horan, L. (2015). Evaluation of More DRIVE Intervention. Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Partnership.
  • Horan, L., Roberts, P., and McMurray, I. (2015). Sharing the Road. Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Partnership.
  • Horan, L., Roberts, P., and McMurray, I. (2015). School Gate Parking Campaign. Central Bedfordshire Council and AMEY.
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P. and Horan, L. (2012) Evaluation of Central Bedfordshire road safety campaigns: Young drivers and Car passengers. Report to Central Bedfordshire Highways.
  • McMurray, I. and Roberts, P. (2012). Evaluation of Central Bedfordshire road safety campaigns: Children's report. Report to Central Bedfordshire Highways.
  • McMurray, I. Roberts, P., Ingram, J., Hand, C., with Sutton, C and Horan, L. (2012) Evaluation of Luton Borough Council road safety campaigns 2011-2012. Research Report to Luton Borough Council
  • McMurray, I. and Roberts, P with Sutton, C and Horan, L. (2012). Evaluation of Central Bedfordshire road safety campaigns: Children's report. Report to Central Bedfordshire Highways.
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P and Horan, L with Simmons, J and Bell, R. (2012) Evaluation of Central Bedfordshire road safety campaigns: Young drivers and Car passengers report. Report to Central Bedfordshire Highways.
  • McMurray, I. and Roberts, P (2011). Supporting young novice drivers road safety: An evaluation of the MORE training intervention. Report to Central Bedfordshire Highways.
  • McMurray, I., Roberts, P and Teoh, K (2010) Facilitating the employability of Psychology students. (CETL Funded Project). University of Bedfordshire
  • McMurray, I ., Roberts, P., Robertson I, Gaitán, A (2009) The Psychology Degree: Transitions to Employment. (CETL Funded Project). University of Bedfordshire
  • Guppy, A., McMurray, I., Heidel, V. & Preston-Shoot, M. (2009). Systematic review of interventions within clients with long-standing alcohol problems and housing needs. HSS Research Report. Luton: University of Bedfordshire
  • Preston-Shoot, M., McMurray, I., Wigley, V and Connolly, H (2007) Research on Outcomes and Settings of Looked after children –Stage 2 – Phase 2 Report.
  • Preston-Shoot, M., McMurray, I., Wigley, V and Connolly, H (2007) Research on Outcomes and Settings of Looked after children –Stage 2 – Phase 1 Interim Report.
  • McMurray, I and Dallas, D (2005) Young Parents consultation on housing and related support needs. Luton Primary Care Trust.
  • Kitchner, L, Roberts, P and McMurray, I (2005) SETFIRE- SET Females SET Females in Information & Digital Technologies Degrees Retention and Evaluation. Department for Education and Skill.
  • Roberts, P, McMurray, I Robertson I (2005) 'Enhancing the Quality of the Undergraduate Learning Experience: A follow up study’ (HEFCE Teaching & Learning funded Project).
  • Worrell, M, McMurray, I, Roberts, P (2005) 'Enhancing the Quality of the Undergraduate Learning Experience’ (HEFCE Teaching & Learning funded Project).
  • Ellis K., McMurray I. Melrose M and Preston-Shoot M with Brownlow C., Chater A., Dallas T. (2004) Mapping Needs, Supporting Peoples Programme in Luton: A research report. Luton Borough Council
  • Ellis K., McMurray I. and Preston-Shoot M with Brownlow C., Chater A., Dallas T and Melrose, M (2004) Mapping Need. Supporting People Programme. Bedfordshire County Council.

Other Publications/Invited Talks

  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P (2011) Using Assessment Centres as a method to enhance student employability. Psychology Network
  • McMurray, I and Roberts, P (2011) Using Assessment Centres as a method to enhance student employability. Psychology Network Newsletter
  • April 2008: McMurray, I and Baldwin M. Small Sample sizes (2008). Talk to the BPS PSYPAG Statistics and Computers Workshop. Nottingham University
  • May 2007: McMurray, I & Connolly, H (2007) Reflecting on Social Workers Perceptions of resilience: Implications for the assessment of mental health. University College Northampton Psychology Department

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