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Linda Corlett

Examiner & Associate Lecturer in Psychology


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Qualifications

MA (A) Doctorate in Education; MA Education; Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Child Development; BSc Psychology (First Class Honours); BA Psychology; Higher Diploma in Fine Art; Diploma Analytical Hypnotherapy; HH851 Teaching in Higher Education

Course Development, Teaching and Exam Boards

As  a member of various Examination and Award Boards I am involved in all stages of the exam process. This includes co-ordination of marking guidelines, monitoring script markers, applying quality control measures to examination scores and setting standards for result statuses.

As a member of presentation teams I write course materials, study guides, TMA questions and associated notes for students and tutors. I work on radio and TV programs with the BBC, collate tutor feedback and propose annual improvements to modules. I also design and co-ordinate day schools, mentor new tutors, collate student feedback and present staff development events.

I have been most closely involved with the development, teaching and assessment of D307, D317 and DD307 Critical Perspectives on Self and Others. Also DSE202, DSE212 Exploring Psychology and examining DRX222 and DZX222. I am an author and critical reader on Y183 Starting With Psychology.

I was Critical Reader for ED209 Child Development in its first presentation and examiner for E362 Cognitive Development from Birth to Adolescence. I also examined the Master’s module ED840 Child Development in Families, Schools And Society. I wrote, taught and examined  PY626 Social Psychology at Southampton University for 4 years.

Research projects                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

My longitudinal action research project on student experiences of learning and exams has involved nearly 30 000 students across Europe. Data has been collected from residential schools, tutorials, lectures, workshops, online student forums and feedback from 40 academics who have observed my teaching performance. My programs have been used in staff development events and in revision materials /residential events designed to support students before and during their exams.

I worked for several years on the ESRC funded project “Cognitive and Social Aspects of Infants’ Behaviour in Person Perspectives Tasks”. In collaboration with John Oates, my interest was exploring postnatal depression, maternal states of mind and intersubjectivity. Our diagnostic materials have since been developed and used by health practitioners in UK hospitals.

In association with The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, I carried out research exploring the experience of associate lecturers. I subsequently proposed how the Open University could move towards towards a more integrated psychology community using websites & interactive forums. These are now in place across the University.

As a Consultant psychologist and program designer for the BBC Big Challenge health campaign, in collaboration with the former Head of Psychology Dpt. Dr. Richard Stevens and Dr Jane Henry, I co-designed and implemented the training in positive psychology techniques for 50 participants in the documentary series ‘Making Slough Happy’. Our findings and techniques were subsequently publicised by the media across the UK.

Co-Director The Milton Keynes Family Learning Project, funded by the Department of Education and Learning Skills Agency. I designed and implemented learning projects around Milton Keynes in collaboration with several schools and local welfare communities. These included bringing parents and children together in creative learning environments; the rehabilitation of young offenders in an animal sanctuary and the use of art therapy to help refugees from Somali.

In association with Thames Valley Police and five other psychologists I co-piloted The Milton Keynes Youth Crime Reduction Project funded by the Home Office. Our project piloted restorative justice principles used in the USA at the time. As a result of our findings The Restorative Justice Council is now a national UK organisation.

Visualiser for DS286, Biology Brain and Behaviour, The Enhanced Access Project, Media Knowledge Institute. The project made made course materials accessible to university students who are blind or visually impaired.

The Adult Stress Project, Dpt Clinical Psychology, Birmingham University was a large collaborative project exploring the role of stress and depression in the immune system of teachers. 

I am presently a Trustee of Inter-Action MK, a community arts centre designed to include people of all ages and abilities in the creative arts.

Awards

The Social Science Award for ‘Outstanding Teaching and Innovate Student Support’. (2006)

Conferences, papers, presentations, seminars and lectures

Oates, J. & Corlett, L.  ‘Infant Learning and Infant-mother Relationships’ paper presented at British Infancy Research Group Conference, Exeter.

Corlett, L. & Oates, J.  ‘Angels and Devils, The maternal State of Mind’ - ESRC Social Cognition and Infancy Project’. Presentation, Sussex University, Brighton.

Oates, J. & Corlett, L. ‘Social Cognition and Infancy’. Poster presentation at the 3rd International Psychoanalytic Association Conference on Psychoanalytic Research,  London.

Oates, J.  & Corlett, L.  ‘The ESRC Social Cognition and Infancy Project.’ Presentation to Health Visitor Team, Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes.

Corlett, L. ‘Maternal States of Mind and Infant Cognition’. Invited presentation of research;  Psychology Dpt. Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA. 

Corlett, L. ‘Angels, Devils and Maternal States of Mind: Research within the ESRC Social Cognition and Infancy Project’. Lecture, Sussex University, Brighton.

Corlett, L ‘Autonomy and Determinism -  An Introduction to Humanistic Psychology’. Lecture, Sussex University.

Corlett,L ‘Maternal States of Mind’. Presentation, Open University Post-Graduate Society Seminar Series, Open University, Milton Keynes.

Corlett,L ‘ Observation of Group Processes.’ 30 Demonstration sessions, Sussex University.

Corlett, L. (1994) ‘If Only Someone Had Told Me’: Myths of Motherhood and Disturbed Cognitions in Postnatal Adjustment. Developmental Psychopathology Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994) ‘Depressed Maternal States of Mind and Early Cognitive Development - A precursor to Hyperactivity in Pre-School Children?’ Paper and research proposal presentation of ideas towards the ‘Evaluation of the cognitive-behavioural treatment of pre-school children referred with hyperactivity’ project (Sonuga-Barke, 1994), Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994) ‘Qualitative Methodology: the Diary’. Lecture, Bulmeshe School, Reading.

Corlett, L.  (1994) ‘Qualitative Methodology: the Interview’. Lecture, Bulmeshe School, Reading.

Kahney, H and Corlett, L (1994) ‘Teaching Text and Embedded Essays: Plagiarism, Controlled and Controllable’ Technical Report 115, Human Cognition Research Laboratory, Open University.

Oates, J. & Corlett, L (1994) ‘An Interactive Model of Factors Influencing Infants’ Levels of Engagement in Habituation Experiments’. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference, Portsmouth.

Oates, J. & Corlett.L (1994) ‘Cognitive and Social Aspects of Infants’ Behaviour in Person Perception Tasks’, ESRC End-of-award report, British Library.

Corlett & Oates, J. (1994) ‘First Relationships’, in Oates, J. (ed) The Foundations of Child Development, Oxford, Blackwell/The Open University.

Corlett, L. (1995) ‘Maternal States of Mind and Media Representations,’ presentation, Sussex University.

Finlay, L; Miel, D; Phoenix, A, Corlett, L (1995) ‘Qualitative Research Methods’ BBC Radio Programme, Open University

Corlett, L. (1995) ‘Theories of Racism and Aggression’- Seminar, Sussex University.

Corlett, L. (1995) ‘Qualitative Methodology In Action: Observation’. Lecture, Bulmeshe School,

Corlett, L.(1996) ‘Of course you want to have children. Its natural isn’t it?’ Presentation, Sussex University.

Corlett, L (1996/7) ‘Qualitative Methodology In Action: The Interview’. Lecture, Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Social Psychology: What It Is and What it is Not’, Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Multiperspectives in Social Psychology’, Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Features of Our Personal Worlds: Some Problems with Studying Human Existence’. Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Constructions of the Social World and Making Sense of Others: Categorisation, Shared Cognitions and Knowledge as Social Representation. Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘The use of Experiments and the Crises in Social Psychology - A Polemic for Critical Social Psychology and a Defence Case for Positivism’. Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett,  L. (1994-8) ‘The Child as a Social Being: Socialization, Synchronicity and Naughty Teddies.’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Communication and Social Interaction: Non-verbal Communication, Self-presentation and Affiliation.’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Language and Identity: ya know wot I mean, Harry?’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Theories, Features and Functions of Relationships: Why We Need Other People’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett,  L. (1994-8) ‘Social Psychology and Health: Moving Away from the Medical Model.’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Social Representations of Illness: A History of Mental Illness.’Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Social Representations of Illness: God and the Doctor we alike adore...’Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Post-natal Depression: Moving Towards a Discursive Approach’. Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Altruism: Moral Obligation, Empathy, Reciprocity or Self-esteem?’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. L. (1994-8) ‘Aggression: Evil, Innate or Deliberate? Or a case of Identity, Conformity, Obedience or Discourse? Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Is This Me or the Situation?: Genocide, Torture, Mass suicide; Prisoners, Guards, Roles and Rules.’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Multiple Theories of Aggression’. Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Conformity, Compliance and Group Influence: Straight Lines, Blue Slides, Polarisation and Risky Shifts.’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘Inter-group Conflict: Summer Camps, Crowds and Social Identities; the Role of Language in Aggression.’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1994-8) ‘So, What Are People and How Should We Study Them?’ Lecture, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1997-8) ‘Culture and Identity.’ Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1997-8) ‘Groups: Social Identity, Decision-Making and Control’ Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1997-8) ‘Rationality in Group Culture.’ Cultural Psychology Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett,  L. (1997-8) ‘Get Rid Of That Attitude! Social Representation and Discursive Alternatives.’ Cultural Psychology Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1997-8) ‘Racism: Human Nature or Human Culture?’ Cultural Psychology Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett,  L. (1997-8) ‘Managing and Being Managed: Work Culture.’ Cultural Psychology Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1997-8) ‘The Cultural Making Of Identities.’ Cultural Psychology Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1997-8) ‘Towards A Postmodern Psychology.’ Cultural Psychology Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1997-8) ‘Hands-On’ Experience In Discourse Analysis’ Cultural Psychology Seminar, Southampton University.

Corlett, L. (1997) ‘Dealing with Diversity: Trimodal Theory and Altruism’, invited talk: Symposium on Genetics, Behaviour and Ethics, University of Cambridge

Corlett, L (1997) ‘Diana’s Motivations in the Panarama Interview’ BBC 1 Radio Interview.

Corlett, L. (1998)  ‘Media and Social Representations of Gender’ Lecture , Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke.

Corlett, L.(2000) ‘Personality Theories’ and ‘Diversity in Psychology’ invited lectures, Bournemouth University

Corlett, L. and Treacy, M. (2000) D317 Course Guide, course text, Open University


Corlett, L. and Treacy, M (2000) D317 Workbook, course text, Open University


Corlett, L. (2001) DSE212 Media Guide (ed), course text, Open University


Corlett, L. (2002 -2005) 52 Lectures in Social Psychology – invited speaker OUPS Symposiums, Bournemouth, London and Nottingham Universities.

Corlett, L (2003) ‘Psychology ~ What is it?’ Invited speaker, Foxcombe Hall Staff Development Event, Boars Hill, Oxford

Corlett, L (2003) ‘Psychology ~ How can we use it to support our students?’ Invited speaker with Will Swann OBE - OU Staff Development Day, Wokefield Park, Reading

Corlett, L (2003) ‘Discursive Psychology’ Invited speaker- research methods symposium, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Corlett, L (2004)  Lectures in Social Psychology (4)– Invited Speaker, London University

Corlett, L, Stevens, R and Stone, H (2004) ‘Teaching at Revision Day Schools – What Students Want and Don’t Want!’ Seminar for D317 Associate Lecturers, OU London Region, Camden

Swann, W (Director of Students Services, Walton Hall) and Corlett, L (2004) ‘Today the AL, tomorrow the Cosmos’- Invited Speaker - Debate at the Annual AL Conference, Woking Park, Reading

Corlett, L (2005) ‘Discourse Analysis and the Process of Decoding Texts’ Lecture - Research Methods Seminar, Elizabeth College, Guernsey

Corlett, L (2005) ‘Interviews with Mothers – Maternal States as Subjects of Representation’ Lecture, Newbury College

Corlett, L (2005)  ‘Where have the Slugs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails Gone? A Postmodern Demise of Hegemonic Masculinity?’ Lecture, Newbury College.

Corlett, L (2005)’ Terrorist or Freedom fighter? Constructions and Deconstructions  of Political Identities’ Lecture, Sussex University

Corlett, L (2005) ‘The Future of Social Psychology if We Fail to Reconcile Epistemological Rifts ’ Invited speaker, OUPS Symposium, London University

Corlett, L (2005) ‘The Language of War: Rhetorical Stakes of Interest in the Political Speeches of Bush and Blaire’ invited speaker, Nottingham University.

Corlett, L (2005) ‘Live 8 to G8 – Rhetorical Devices in Motivating Mass Public Action’ invited speaker, Nottingham University.

Corlett, L (2005) ‘D317 Revision Pack’ – publication for students

Hendry, J;  Corlett, L; Mullan, N & Stevens, R (2005) ‘ The Slough Affect Questionnaire’ in How to be Happy: Making Slough Happy book published by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Corlett,L (2005) ‘Making The OU Happy’ - invited speaker - Annual AL Conference, Woking Park, Reading

Corlett, L;  Hendry, J;  Mullan, N & Stevens, R (2005)  – ‘How to be Happy’  series of lectures, talks, seminars, written and interactive activities presented to 50 programme participants at the BBC Monitoring Station, Caversham Park

Corlett, L (2006) ‘Epistemological Debates in Social Psychology’ Invited Speaker, OUPS Symposium, London University.

Corlett, L (2006) ‘Social Representations of Gender – a critical analysis’ Lecture, Newbury College

Corlett, L (2006) ‘An Interview with Mother – Why Words are Not Enough’  Lecture, Newbury College

Corlett, L (2006) ‘ The Discursive Turn – a Future for Social Psychology?’ Lecture, Newbury College

Corlett, L (2006) ‘ White Pride, Black Rap  - the War of Words in Popular Culture’ Lecture, Sussex University

Corlett. L (2006) ‘Words of Mass Destruction – Rhetorical Devices of Persuasion’ Lecture, Newbury College

Corlett, L (2006) ‘Get me Out of Here! Media Technologies and the Power of Celebrity’ Lecture, University College London

Corlett,L (2007) ‘Epistemological Debates in Critical Social Psychology’ Invited Speaker, OUPS Symposium, London University.

Corlett, L (2007 -2012) ‘Phenomenology, Social Psychoanalytic and Discursive Psychological Approaches to Interviewing’ Lecture, Newbury College

Hunt, C; McGregor, D; Corlett, L (2007) ‘Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods’ – Workshop, Oxford Brookes

Corlett, L (2007) ‘The unconscious vs Consciousness - Psychodynamic vs Humanistic Psychology’ ~ Lecture, Oxford Brookes University


Corlett, L (2007) ‘What’s so Critical about Critical Social Psychology? – Lecture, Newbury College


Corlett, L (2007) ‘Moving towards an Integrated Psychology Community – A proposal for a new Psychology AL Website and Forum’ – Research paper produced for the Personalised, Integrated Learning Support Project – Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Open University


DSE212 Course Team (2007-2012) ‘Exploring Psychological Research Methods’ ~ Critical Reader, Open University


Y163 Course Team (2007-2012)  ‘Starting with Psychology’ - Author and Critical Reader, Open University


PILS Team (2008) ‘Investigating the potential of social networking skills to facilitate collaborative practice-based learning’ – Research project with Coral Stanion-Nazeri - Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Open University


Corlett, L (2007-2013) ‘DD307 Revision Pack’ Publication for students


Corlett, L (2007 - 2012) 47 Seminars in Media Studies, Camden, London


Corlett, L (2008-2013) ‘Happy Exams’ – Publication for students


Corlett, L (2011) ‘Obedience to Authority and the Rhetoric of War”. Public Lecture, The London Imperial War Museum


Corlett, L.; Cox, E.; Edgar, G; Kaye, H.; Ness, H. (2007-2013) Cambridge Psychology Weekends -  Lectures and workshops in Critical Social Psychology – Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.


I joined The Open University 24 years ago and have worked in experimental  cognitive psychology, critical social psychology and in media studies. As an educator my main interest is in using holistic techniques to enhance student  experience of learning and performance in exams. As a social psychologist my passion is bringing communities together through the creative arts, music, nature and beautiful environments with the aim of increasing happiness, spiritual connectedness and well-being.