Mark Turner

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PhD projects

Human computer interaction
Impact of Social Media
Online communication and self-presentation
Student learning and assessment in Higher Education
Student learning gain through work placements

Personal profile


I am the Associate Head for Education in the Department of Psychology responsible for the day-to-day management and development of our taught programmes. I have been lecturing in psychology at Portsmouth since 1995. Prior to that, I completed my PhD at the University of Southampton Institute of Sound & Vibration Research where I also worked as a Research Assistant for four years. The focus of my PhD work investigated the physical and psychological causes of motion sickness. I also hold an MSc in Information Systems Design and undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Portsmouth.

I lecture on subjects including Psychological Testing & Assessment, Psychological Research Methods, Survey Design, Data Analysis and SPSS to undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students, and to other postgraduate research students in the University. I have also taught specialised applied psychology options to final year psychology students in the study of Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction.

I have a keen interest in student progression after university and the impact that placement learning has on student employability. I have previously introduced different sandwich-year and day placements options as part of our undergraduate programmes within the department for students who wish to gain work experience with external organisations during their degree. More recently I have also established a Social Enterprise option that allows students to explore how psychology can make a contribution within society through businesses aimed at helping others. I am also a personal tutor to undergraduate psychology students and a final year dissertation supervisor.

Research Interests

My main research work is in the area of applied psychology, specifically the personal and social impact of technology. I have authored and co-authored academic papers on a range of human factors issues including mobile HCI and interface design; mediated communication, online impression formation, self-presentation in employability contexts; well-being and age related effects of technology; visual perception; the use of virtual displays; and the aetiology of car, air and sea-sickness.

I am an EFPA accredited European Test User (Level 2: Work & Organisational Assessment) and qualified with the British Psychological Society’s Register of Competence in Psychological Testing (Level A; Level B Intermediate Plus).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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