Susan is interested in the real-world applications of psychological theory and her experience spans across applied cognitive psychology and clinical psychology. She undertook her Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen, exploring the effects of post-event information on eyewitness testimony; the final experiment of her Ph.D. was undertaken at Flinders University, Adelaide. During her time at the University of Aberdeen, Susan also assisted on multiple research projects as a member of the eyewitness research group.
Susan subsequently held a research post with the Police service. She later undertook her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2012, which included specialist placements in neuropsychology. Upon completion, Susan worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the NHS, providing assessment and therapy for children with mental health, behavioural and cognitive difficulties.
Susan joined Robert Gordon University as a Lecturer in 2017.
Duties and Responsibilities
Undergraduate (B.A. Applied Social Sciences)
- SS1018/1002: Introductory Psychology (module coordinator)
- SS1005: Cognitive and social psychology (module coordinator)
- SS4014: Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (module coordinator)
- SS4029: Forensic Psychology
MSc. Applied Psychology (conversion course)
- SSM112 Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
- SSM108 Developmental Psychology
Other duties and responsibilities
- Dissertation supervisor (Undergraduate & MSc. Applied Psychology)
- Level 2 Year Tutor (Undergraduate)
- Personal Tutor (Undergraduate & MSc. Applied Psychology)
- M.A. (Hons) Psychology (University of Aberdeen)
- PG.Dip. Research Methods, Psychology (University of Aberdeen)
- Ph.D. Applied Cognitive Psychology (University of Aberdeen)
- D.Clin.Psy. (University of Glasgow)
Susan’s interests reflect her two main areas of training/experience:
- Applied cognitive psychology: Eyewitness memory research, which seeks to further understand the factors which can impact upon the reliability and accuracy of eyewitness testimony and decision-making (e.g. interview procedures, misleading information, line-up administration, emotion, etc.). Her own research in this field has focused on the effects of pre- and post-event information on eyewitness recall, confidence and decision-making during line-up administration.
- Clinical psychology: Drawing upon her clinical background, Susan would also be interested to pursue research relating to the mental health of young children, developmental disorders, prenatal development and infancy.
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
- Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
External / Professional Roles
Academic member on the ‘Evidence and Investigation’ Network Steering Group for The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR).
Baylan, S., Griffiths, S., Grant, N., Broomfield, N., Evans, J. & Gardani, M. (2020). Incidence and prevalence of post-stroke insomnia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 49, article ID 101222. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2019.101222
Dixon, S. & Memon, A. (2005). The effect of post-identification feedback on the recall of crime and perpetrator details. Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19, 935-951.
Dixon, S. (September, 2012). Understanding sleep problems in rehabilitation patients after stroke. Paper presented at the Division of Neuropsychology (Scotland) Research Event, Glasgow, Scotland.
Dixon, S., Memon, A., & Mearns, K. (April, 2006). The effect of co-witness feedback on eyewitnesses’ retrospective evaluations. Paper presented at the 33rd Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
Dixon, S., Memon, A., & Mearns, K. (2005, July). Eyewitnesses’ perceptions of risk from potential crime scenarios. Paper presented at the Fifteenth European Conference on Psychology and Law, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Dixon, S. & Memon, A. (2003, July). The effect of post-identification feedback on the recall of crime and perpetrator details. Paper presented at the Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Memon, A., Dixon, S., Hulse, L., & Bartlett, J. (2003, July). The effects of post-identification feedback on the confidence and memory judgements of young adults and seniors. Paper presented at the Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Dixon, S. (9th June 2006). The effects of feedback on eyewitness decision-making and retrospective memory reports. Invited talk at the School of Psychology, Flinders University, Australia.
Dixon, S. (17th February 2006). Eyewitnesses’ perceptions of risk from potential crime scenarios. Invited talk at the Police Psychological Services Division, Singapore Police Headquarters.