Dr Tracey Cockerton
Investigations into the relationship between assessment method and academic performance in psychology and assessing the role of learning styles in determining student performance under different methods of assessment. An investigation of the psychometric properties of the Learning Style Questionnaire is in press.
External research collaboration with a forensic mental health practitioner and a consultant clinical psychologist has led to the evaluation of admission, discharge and follow-up data of 166 residents of an independent psychiatric hospital. Results and recommendations arising from this research are reported in a paper currently being revised for the Journal of Forensic Practice.
Current research focuses on emotional intelligence and its relationship with stress, coping and psychological well-being in the workplace is centred around police-work and performance.
Occupational psychology including stress, HCI, training, recruitment and selection, psychometrics and individual differences including theoretical and applied developments in personality, learning styles, emotional intelligence, psychometric evaluations of measurement tools and applied uses.
Also taught research methods and statistics for many years and applied cognitive psychology for Human Computer Interaction developments. Currently supervising research doctorate students in the following areas: stress and coping strategies, coaching, individual differences and personality, and emotional intelligence.
Qualified in Occupational Testing (Level A and Level B) to administer and interpret psychometric tools for selection and development purposes. Also trained and experienced coach for development, talent management purposes and achieving work-life balance. Qualified and experienced in cognitive behavioural stress management therapy and training and using focus groups for data collection, questionnaire design for audits and surveys and statistical data analysis.
Selected Publications/ Seminars
- Lane, J., Lane, A. and Cockerton, T. (2003) Prediction of postgraduate performance from self-efficacy, class of degree and cognitive ability test scores Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, 2(1). (ISSN1473-8376)
- Cockerton, T., Guppy, A., Moxham, C., (2002) The Influence of Emotional Intelligence on Coping, Well-Being and Satisfaction in the Police: Preliminary Findings. Presented at the British Psychological Society Occupational Psychology Conference, Blackpool, Jan 3rd-5th 2002.
- Cockerton, T. (2002) Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Police Performance? Invited by ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) to deliver a 4-hour seminar as part of the Strategic Command Course Leadership Module ? May 22nd 2002. Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Scotland.
- Castro, M. Cockerton, T. Birke, S. (2002) From Discharge to follow-up: a small-scale study of medium secure provision in the independent sector. The British Journal of Forensic Practice, 4(3) 31-39.
- Cockerton, T., Naz, R. Sheppard, S. (2002) Validity and Internal Reliability of the Honey and Mumford Learning Styles Questionnaire. Psychological Reports, 91, 503-519.
- Cockerton, T. Gyekye, A. Kolb's Learning Style Inventory (LSI-1985): A psychometric evaluation of a normative version of the LSI. (under review).
Membership of Professional Bodies
- British Psychological Society - Standing member of the Graduate Qualifications Accreditation Committee
- British Computer Society - Member of the Special Interest Group in HCI