Rachel Maunder studied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. After obtaining a first class degree, she went on to study for a Phd whilst working in the Psychology department as a teaching assistant. After obtaining a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and completing her Phd research, Rachel then moved to the University of Warwick. She worked initially for the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, and then moved to the Centre for Academic Practice, where she supported staff development for learning and teaching. She joined the Psychology division at the University of Northampton in 2008.
Rachel specialises in educational psychology and the psychology of learning and teaching. Her main research interests are in the field of school bullying and children’s peer relationships. She also conducts research on educational transitions, and working with students as partners in higher education. She coordinates the institutional URB@N scheme (Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton) and is the Learning and Teaching Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences.
Rachel is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (including being a member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology and the Psychology of Education Section) and is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
Rachel is the programme leader for BSc (hons) Developmental and Educational Psychology.
She coordinates two modules on this degree programme:
- PSY1008 Investigating Developmental Psychology
- PSY2017 Independent Research in Developmental and Educational Psychology
On the main undergraduate Psychology degree programme, Rachel teaches:
- PSY1001 Psychology in Practice
- PSY3023 Educational Psychology
On the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Rachel teaches PSYM062 Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People and coordinates PSYM064 Working with Schools and Communities.
She also supervises dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Rachel is on the supervisory team for 3 current doctoral students:
- Chris Jackson
- Honest Lugube
- Jacqui Stone