Dr Allan McGroarty

Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

Since 2008, I have been a Teaching Fellow in Psychology. I am currently the Course Director for the MSc Research Methods in Psychology degree, Exams Officer for the BA Psychology course, and a member of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Appeals Committee.

I teach on a range of classes on the BA Psychology and MSc Research Methods in Psychology courses. I also supervise the research projects of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I previously held a position in the Department of Psychology as a Research Assistant and completed my PhD "The Effects of Interrogative Pressure in Simulated Forensic Interviews" at Strathclyde under the supervision of Dr Jim Baxter.

To date, my research publications have focused on matters of interrogative pressure and suggestibility within forensic interviews. More recently, I have been investigating social comparison processes in university students, self-concept clarity, and beliefs relating to medications for stammering.


Beliefs and behavioural intentions towards pharmacotherapy for stuttering : a survey of adults who stutter
McGroarty Allan, McCartan Rebecca
Journal of Communication Disorders Vol 73, pp. 15-24 (2018)
Coping strategies, self-esteem and levels of interrogative suggestibility
Bain Stella A, McGroarty Allan, Runcie Michelle
Personality and Individual Differences Vol 75, pp. 85-89 (2015)
Perspectives on the past and the future : clients' views on UK service provision for adult stammering
Allen Carolyn, McGroarty Allan, Aydin Ayse
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation Vol 21, pp. 516-525 (2014)
Coping strategies, self-esteem and interrogative suggestibility
Bain Stella, McGroarty Allan, Runcie Michelle
British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference (2014)
The effect of negative feedback during forensic interviews : implications for therapeutic jurisprudence
Baxter James, Charles Kathy, McGroarty Allan
Asian Congress of Applied Psychology (2014)
Negative emotional states, life adversity and interrogative suggestibility
Mcgroarty Allan, Thomson Heather
Legal and Criminological Psychology Vol 18, pp. 287–299 (2012)

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My teaching contributions extend across the BA Psychology degree and include input to the following classes:

C8105 Psychology 1A
C8106 Psychology 1B
C8107 Introduction to Psychology (for Speech and Language Pathology students)
C8202 Social and Health Psychology
C8303 Individual Differences
C8307 Social Psychology
C8498 Psychology Dissertation

I lead two modules on the MSc Research Methods in Psychology degree:

C8928 Research Design
C8986 Dissertation

I have also been a visiting lecturer in Forensic Psychology to Heriot Watt University, and I am the Psychology Module Leader for the Pre-Entry Access Course for admission to selected university degree courses within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Strathclyde Business School.

In addition, I contribute to the MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution offered by the Law School at the University of Strathclyde.