Toni is a Lecturer in Psychology at Queen Margaret University.


Toni obtained her degrees at the University of Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt University. She also holds positions at the Open University. She has previously worked in the School of Psychology at The University of Aberdeen, and at The University of Edinburgh.


Toni’s research interests are broadly in the areas of developmental, social and child clinical psychology.

Most recently Toni has been working on an interdisciplinary project involving the development and validation of a computer mediated role-play “game”. The research explores computer mediated role-play as a clinical and educational tool for assessment and intervention purposes. This line of research also explores the psychological predictors of social vulnerability in children and aims to support social development in vulnerable groups of children in educational and clinical settings.

Active research interests:

  • The use of technology (serious games) for psychological assessment and intervention
  • Social Cognitive Development
  • Executive function development
  • Social Vulnerability in children
  • Indiscriminate friendliness/disinhibited social engagement disorder
  • Attachment Peer Relations

Research Methods:

  • Quantitative and Qualitative
  • Experimental
  • Psychological assessment
  • Intervention
  • Survey research
  • Interview

Research Centre:

Centre for Applied Social Sciences






I contribute to a variety of teaching on the BSc Psychology degree. My lectures and seminars focus on Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology and Peer Relations, amongst other topics.



  • Rajendran, G., Aylett R., Fallon, T. L., Minnis H., & Stone R. Test Play - Developing and testing a new computer role-play programme as a research, clinical and educational tool.
  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award, £30,280 (April 2019).
  • Best 3rd year PhD Research Poster Prize and Most Popular Poster Prize. Heriot-Watt
  • University Poster competition 2016.
  • Scottish Government/Graduate School of Social Sciences (2015). To carry out analysis on the SALSUS data set for SHANARRI Health and Wellbeing Indicators.Academic awards: (including year attained, this does not include qualifications)