Dr Amy Irwin MA, MPhil, PhD, FHEA
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School of Psychology
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Dr Amy Irwin is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. She has worked in the field of Applied Psychology for more than ten years and is particularly passionate about conducting research that has a real impact on people and organisations. Her key areas of research interest are in the examination of safety critical skills within high-risk industries (such as aviation, healthcare, agriculture and forestry) and the impact of rudeness at work. She has facilitated the development of several practical tools, including behavioural marker systems, on the basis of her research. She was awarded the University of Aberdeen Excellence award for Public Engagement with Research in 2021.
Dr Irwin is overall Lead of the Applied Psychology and Human Factors (APHF) group, with a specific focus on the Human Factors strand. She is also the lead for the NTSAg group which is focused on introducing NTS to agriculture. Both groups focus on conducting robust research in applied areas, engaging stakeholders with research, along with the development of a range of free tools and resources for everyone to access.
Dr Irwin has experience of collaborating directly with industry for the purposes of PhD projects and through consultancy work with multiple industries. She has successfully applied for funding for SGSSS ESRC PhD studentships, an Energy Institute PhD studentship and multiple Knowledge Exchange small grants.
Dr Irwin teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and has developed a range of on-demand online courses exploring Human Factors.
- Safety critical skills (social and cognitive skills) necessary for safe and effective work performance within high-risk industry.
- The impact of cognitive bias and risk normalisation on safety at work.
- The impact of rudeness / incivility on work performance.
- Student employability and resilience.