Dr Kellyanne Findlay

Senior Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2003. My background is in vision science and this is reflected in my teaching and research.

I have been Deputy Head of School of Psychological Sciences and Health since August 2021.

I formed the Pedagogy and Scholarship group in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in 2019 and continue to chair this group.

From 2016-2022, I was the Course Leader for the MSc Psychology with a Specialisation in Business or Health conversion course.


Prizes and awards

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

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Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 2011

Associate Fellow of the BPS since 2012.

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since March 2019

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2012


Factors limiting suprathreshold vision measured by a flash–sound simultaneity paradigm
Manahilov Velitchko, Findlay K, Simpson William A
Vision Research Vol 44, pp. 2577-2585 (2004)
Efficiency and internal noise for detection of suprathreshold patterns measured using simple reaction time
Simpson William A, Findlay K, Manahilov Velitchko
Vision Research Vol 43, pp. 1103-1109 (2003)
Limitations to visual detection of suprathreshold patterns
Simpson W A, Findlay K, Manahilov V
Perception Vol 31, pp. 90-90 (2002)
Categorical perception requires spatially distributed attention
Findlay K, Simpson W, Manahilov V
Perception Vol 31, pp. 117-117 (2002)
Are briefly presented letter like shapes perceived categorically?
Findlay Kellyanne, Simmons David
, pp. 103 (2001)

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My main teaching interest relates to my background in vision science: visual perception and the visual system.

Visual system: I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students how information is processed from eye through to brain, indicating how and when these processes sometimes fail. As well as the mechanics of the visual system, I teach visual perception, including the development of visual perception in human infants. 

As well as teaching related to the visual system and visual perception, my teaching in the area of biological psychology includes sex and gender. This includes an overview of animal and human studies and a critical evaluation of the evidence for biological differences as the basis for behavioural gender differences.

Research interests

My pedagogical research interests include;

  • best practise in online teaching and assessment;
  • use of technology in teaching, e.g. effectiveness of polling apps in teaching;
  • students' perceptions of success/failure;
  • the impact of fear of failure / attitudes towards failure on student outcomes.

My discipline-specific research focusses on depth perception, specifically binocular (stereoscopic) depth perception, and the functional impact of poor or absent stereoscopic depth perception.

Professional activities

CPD in PSH: Developing and applying skills in psychological science across health, social care and industry
BPS Scotland branch committee (External organisation)
Psychology Teaching Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
BPS Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology (External organisation)
BPS Psychobiology Section (External organisation)
BPS Cognitive Psychology Section (External organisation)

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Students' perceptions of success
Findlay, Kellyanne (Principal Investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Research Co-investigator) Williams, Damien (Research Co-investigator) Mawson, Suzanne (Research Co-investigator) Casulli, Lucrezia (Research Co-investigator)
This research project will investigate students' perceptions of success, with a particular focus on students from diverse communities.
Case study: Vevox as a tool for student engagement
Findlay, Kellyanne (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2021 - 12-Jan-2022
Learning from failure project
Findlay, Kellyanne (Principal Investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Co-investigator) McGilvray, Lisa (Co-investigator) Williams, Damien (Co-investigator)
A mixed methods pedagogical research project exploring the role of "failure" on student learning. The project seeks to understand student perceptions of failure, and how it influences learning.
Investigation of the gender split of research placement students
Findlay, Kellyanne (Principal Investigator)
This analysis of the gender of students successfully participating in a summer research placement was designed to 1. establish whether proportionally fewer males than females opted to take the placement 2. lead to further research on the underlying causes.
International research placement impact study
Findlay, Kellyanne (Principal Investigator)
Students who took part in an Erasmus-funded summer research placement were surveyed before and after the placement to assess the impact of the placement on outcomes such as confidence, preparedness for dissertation research, etc.
11-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018

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