Emily-Marie Pacheco

Doctoral Researcher

Graduate Teaching Associate

UNESCO Chair Spring School Intern.

eMail: Emily-Marie.Pacheco@glasgow.ac.uk

Twitter: @emilypachec0

Research Interests:

Social Psychology

- Positive Psychology

- Political Psychology

- Cross-Cultural Studies

Themes: Identity, Beliefs, Trauma, Stress and Growth, Wellbeing, Schemas, Conditioning, Associations, Social Trends & Norms, Behavior Modification, Religiosity and Spirituality, Cognitive Dissonance, Mixed-Methods, Tool Development.

Research title

When Crisis Strikes: Lived Experiences of International Students During Times of Political Crisis in Home Countries.


Emily-Marie Pacheco is a Doctoral Research Student at the University of Glasgow. She is currently investigating the effects of indirect exposure to trauma on international students during times of conflict in home countries, with a special focus on students from countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Previously, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, where she graduated with honors. Emily also earned a Research Specialist distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University for her major research project which investigated the relationship between “eye opening” experiences and subsequent changes in behavior, identity, and personality. This research was later presented by her at the Canadian Psychological Association Conference in Toronto, 2017, and is forthcoming in publication.

Over her academic career, Emily has also been extensively involved in volunteer work in her local and global communities. Locally, Emily has been involved in many  projects which support low-income high-risk youth in their academic, professional, and home life, worked directly on-site as a Crew Leader with Habitat for Humanity, and hsd volunteered in annual Toronto “We Day” conventions hosted by Free The Children & Me to We. She has also travelled internationally to volunteer in projects such as food rescue missions, youth development programs, and refugee support. Her experiences in humanitarian work have inspired her to find ways to utilize research as a catalyst for social justice and social change, such as with her current research project. Emily’s passion for meaningful research has also led her to take on professional positions as a Research Assistant for the non-profit foundation Christian Horizon, which serves individuals with exceptional needs, and within the IMPETuS lab at Wilfrid Laurier University. Currently, Emily is pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology through the globally esteemed School of Education at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. She looks forward to building a career in academia, and looks to build her own lab of academics who also have a passion for investigating socially meaningful topics in our global society.

Research Summary

Emily's research explores the effects of remote exposure to trauma in international students through a psychological lens. Specifically, her present study focuses on the experiences of international PhD students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who are affected by conflict in their home countries while studying in the United Kingdom. For students who are away from home at the time of conflict, indirect exposure can be an additional concern to their wellbeing considering exposure to political conflicts (i.e. terror attacks, civil unrest) can affect individuals directly and indirectly. Indirect exposure to trauma, exacerbated by life stress and lack of social support, can also become a risk factor for developing stress disorders. Thus, Emily's research looks to better understand these experiences, the features of indirect exposure to trauma, and how effective coping methods can be protective and even lead to growth.


Pacheco, E. (2018). Exploring the lived experiences of international students during times of crisis in home countries: An introduction. Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network Research Open Day, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 19 June 2018. 

Pacheco, E. (2017) When life changes you: The effects of perspective-altering experiences on identity, perspective, and behaviour. Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Canada, 7 June 2017. 

Pacheco, E. (2017) When life changes you: The effects of perspective-altering experiences on identity, perspective, and behaviour. Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference, Waterloo, Canada, 3 May 2017. 


Emily-Marie is a Graduate Teaching Associate at the University of Glasgow for programs including but not limited to the following:

- MEd Adult Education, Community Development & Youth Work 

- MSc Psychological Studies

- International Issues in Adult & Continuing Education 

- Introduction to Educational and Social Research

- Contemporary Issues in Education

- Cognitive Psychology

- Educational Psychology