Psychology students scoop top prizes at NIBPS Conference
Congratulations to Tayler Truhan and Vasilena Stefanova on having their research recognised by the British Psychological Society - N.I. Branch
We would like to extend congratulations to our two PGR students who were commended at the NIBPS Annual Conference 2021. The conference theme was 'The Psychology of Well-being in COVID Times' and was held virtually on 15-16 April.
Tayler Truhan received the overall Postgraduate Prize for her presentation at the Northern Ireland British Psychological Society virtual conference.
Her presentation was on, “Differences in Psychiatric Symptoms between the UK and Greece prior to and during COVID-19: the roles of Subclinical Narcissism and Mental Toughness”. She is currently working with Dr Kostas Papageorgiou as part of the InteRRaCt Lab.
Tayler said about her work:
"This project was a cross-cultural examination, including adults from the UK AND Greece, of mental health outcomes prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also assessed personality domains of subclinical narcissism and Mental Toughness. This gave us an insight into how adults from different cultures responded to the effects of the pandemic, and how certain personality traits, which might traditionally be considered 'bad' or 'dark', might help us respond to stress. Presenting at the conference was a valuable experience and gave me the opportunity to share my research as well as learn from other researchers in the field. Overall, I thought the conference was educational and enriching, shedding light on the multitude of researchers and psychologists devoting time and energy to tackling pandemic-related issues."
Vasilena Stefanova’s research “Does the coronavirus pandemic have a gendered impact? Assessing the predictive role of the (im)balance between caregiving responsibilities and working from home for women vs. men” was highly commended by the NIBPS Awarding Panel. She is currently working with Dr Ioana Latu.
Vasilena said about her work:
“My research aims to address the consistent underrepresentation of women in academic leadership and investigates the motherhood penalty effect in academia, as well as the impact of parent-academia stereotypes on the career progression of women and men in academic settings. The NIBPS conference was a great experience that was both engaging and informative. I am thankful for the opportunity to take part in the conference, to present my own research and learn about the amazing research that is conducted in Northern Ireland in a variety of areas within Psychology.”
Tayler Truhan PG Prize Trophy Vasilena Stefanova
To learn more about PGR study options visit: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/psy/Study/PostgraduateResearchCourses/