Dr Emily-Marie Pacheco
- Associate Tutor (School of Education)
- Graduate Teaching Assistant (Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service)
I am currently an associate tutor and researcher at the University of Glasgow.
As a social psychologist, my research focuses on those features of the social human experience which shape perceptions, beliefs, values, and behaviors. I am curious about how people shape their sense of identity, the practices from which we derive meaning, and the interactions between various elements of our contemporary societies and our psychological wellbeing.
I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Glasgow, where my research explored the effects of remote exposure to trauma in international students through a psychological lens. MY work specifically focused on the experiences of international Ph.D. students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who are affected by conflict in their home countries while studying in the UK. 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 (e.g., 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. My research has sought 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.
My research continues to focus on the themes of trauma, stress and coping, as well as identity development, meaning-making, and resilience. In addition to my work at the University of Glasgow, I also hold a UKRI-ESRC Research Fellowship at UCL, where my research looks to foster the resilient recovery of communities of Palu, Indonesia, displaced by the 28th September 2018 earthquake and tsunami.
I consider my professional passions to be situated well within the fields of positive and peace psychology, especially when considering cross-cultural dynamics. I prefer mixed-methods approaches to psychological research, but also appreciate the use of solely qualitative or quantitative methods when appropriate and advantageous.
Keywords: Identity, Beliefs, Trauma, Stress and Growth, Wellbeing, Resilience; Schemas, Associations, Social Representations; Social Trends & Norms, Behavior Modification, Religiosity and Spirituality, Cognitive Dissonance; Mixed-Methods, Tool Development.
- Chen, Zeyu. (2021). Comparing Motivations of Protesters in the MeToo Movement from Eastern and Western Perspectives. MSc Psychological Studies.
- Ismail, Farah. (2021). Psychosocial barriers in Water Disputes: a qualitative study on the Egyptian-Ethiopian deadlock. MSc Psychological Studies.
- Li, Lu. (2021). Manifestations of spirituality as coping during COVID-19: a mixed-method study investigating the impact on 2020-21 postgraduates.
- Li, Shuonan. (2021). How social media affects identity development: a qualitative study based on young lesbians in China. MSc Psychological Studies.
- Morris, Abigail. (2021). The experiences and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on East Asian international students in the UK. MSc Psychological Studies.
- O'Connell, Aoibhin. (2021). A systematic review investigating the relationship between humour, stress, and emotional regulation. MSc Psychological Studies.