Senior Lecturer

Psychology and Sociology

Division: Psychology and Sociology

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Vivienne Chisholm (PhD) is a Senior lecturer in the Psychology and Sociology Division. She is also a full member of Centre of Applied Social Sciences.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning

Vivienne Chisholm graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. She is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Queen Margaret University and the Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management (ASSaM). She is a Chartered Psychologist with Full membership of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Health Psychologist. In this role, she is a Stage 2 Trainer for students who undertake a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology. Administrative responsibilities have included leadership of the MSc Health Psychology and Professional in Health Psychology programmes in addition to coordination of a variety of undergraduate modules. She teaches primarily in areas pertaining to developmental psychology and psychological issues relating to child health at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has supervised, and is currently supervising, masters, professional doctorate and PhD students undertaking research across a broad range of topics including theory of mind and peer relations, cognitive function and nutrition, psychological adjustment in children and adults with chronic health conditions, parenting children with autism, stress and coping, interpersonal communication and emotional intelligence. Research activities have pertained to the study of developmental and interpersonal processes in typical and atypical populations and include national and international collaborations with colleagues in universities and hospitals in the UK and North America.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology
  • Health & Care Professions Council

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Dr Vivienne Chisholm has operationalised research activities with a broad spectrum of theoretical and methodological tools, involving 1) theoretically-driven work concerning general developmental processes, 2) investigation of assessment strategies in research and clinical contexts, with particular focus on mixed method multidisciplinary approaches, and 3) applied research with atypical populations. The crux of the approach used in applied research activities concerns the need to import paradigms validated in developmental research into the domain of child health and to situate this research in a multidisciplinary context. This has entailed the application of conceptual models and measurement strategies used in Developmental Psychology (attachment theory, collaborative problem-solving, self-regulation) to child health issues with a view to understanding cognitive and socioemotional dimensions implicated in adjustment quality (e.g. attachment security in children with Down syndrome; maternal sensitivity and aggression in children with Down syndrome in the mainstream school setting; mother-child problem-solving interactions and dietary treatment adherence in children with type 1 diabetes and asthma).

Active Research Interests:

  • Attachment in typical and atypical populations; cognitive and social development; child health; development in typical and atypical populations; collaborative problem solving; self-regulation; peer relations in childhood and adolescence.

Research Methods:

  • Observations of interpersonal interactions; mixed methods multidisciplinary research; conversation/speech analyses; nonverbal interaction analyses; collaborative problem-solving design and implementation  

Dr Vivienne Chisholm teaches in areas pertaining to developmental psychology and psychological issues relating to child health at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has supervised, and is currently supervising, masters, professional doctorate and PhD students undertaking research across a broad range of topics including theory of mind and peer relations, cognitive function and nutrition, psychological adjustment in children and adults with chronic health conditions, parenting and time management children with autism, stress and coping, and emotional intelligence etc. Undergraduate teaching and supervision largely pertains to Developmental Psychology.

Program Leader:

Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

Teaching:

  • X1023 (UG; Level 1) Introduction to Psychology 1
  • X1025 (UG; Level 1) Introduction to Psychology 2  
  • X2026 (UG; Level 2) Social and Developmental Psychology
  • X2030 (UG; Level 2) Psychological Citizenship
  • X2032 (UG; Level 2) Individual Differences and Historical Perspectives in Psychology
  • X3032 (UG; Level 3) Developmental Psychology
  • X3048 (UG; Level 3) Literature Review
  • X3050 (UG; Level 3) Research Proposal
  • X4036 (UG; Level 4) Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • X4005 (UG; Level 4) Psychology Research Project
  • PM051 (PG; MRes) Research Methods