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Pamela  Pourzanjani

Dr Pamela Pourzanjani CPsychol AFBPsS, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 2055 ext. 2055 Room no. RM328

Biography

Pam is a senior lecturer in psychology at Solent University and is the teaching and learning champion for the psychology programme. She was the Solent academic lead on an Office for Students funded project on Addressing Barriers to Student Success during the 2018-19 academic year, which was a collaborative project involving three UK universities. The work to reduce attainment gaps between student groups at Solent is ongoing.

Pam completed her BSc (Hons) degree in psychology and PhD at the University of Plymouth. Her research interests include cognitive developmental psychology specifically memory, attention, metacognition and children’s drawings, and teaching and learning in Higher Education (HE). She gained her postgraduate HE teaching qualification at Derby University and is a HEA Fellow, as well as a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

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Further information

  1. Teaching experience

    Pam started teaching part-time in the early 1990s while completing her PhD at University of Plymouth. After achieving her doctorate, she took a full-time lecturing position at University of Derby, followed by a senior lectureship in psychology at Southampton Institute, specialising in developmental and educational psychology.
    In 2003 she left teaching to move overseas but began again in 2012 teaching psychology in Malaysia. After returning to the UK in 2015 she returned to Solent University to take up a senior lectureship in the psychology department.
  2. Research interests

    Pam's research interests include cognitive developmental psychology including memory, attention, metacognition and children’s drawings, and teaching and learning in higher education.
    She is currently working on several projects associated with teaching and learning - these include the use of simulator dolls to assist understanding of the effects of teratogens on foetal development, the influences of curiosity and motivation on undergraduate attainment, and interventions to reduce attainment gaps between groups of students.
  3. Recent publications

    Follow the link below for a list of Pam's publications.

    Pourzanjani, P. (2018). Is intellectual curiosity a key predictor of academic performance? Dialogue Journal of Learning and Teaching, 7, 4-15.

    Hussain, H., & Pourzanjani, P. (submitted). Case study: Student experiences of interacting with simulator dolls to assist understanding of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on prenatal development. Dialogue Journal of Learning and Teaching.

    Published under maiden name of Sutton:

    Sutton, P. & Henry, A. (2005).  An exploration of student learning experiences and approaches to learning.  Psychology Teaching Review, 11(1), 42–52.

    Sutton, P. (2000).  Using lecture notes on the Internet as learning support materials during lectures:  Student and staff perspectives on note-taking.  Psychology Teaching Review, 9(1), 26–37.

    Sutton, P. & Rose, D. (1998).  The role of strategic visual attention in children’s drawing development.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 68, 87–107.