meet the DIRECTORS
Director & Founder
Jenny Terry (she/her)
Jenny is the Founder and Director of the RoSE Network. She is a teaching-focussed Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex (UK), specialising in teaching research methods, statistics, and R. Jenny is coming to the end of her PhD, also at Sussex and under the guidance of Professor Andy Field.
For her PhD, Jenny initiated and ran the SMARVUS project, generating international multi-lab data to examine whether statistics and mathematics anxiety scales are measuring unique constructs. She is also interested in statistics education research more broadly, especially improving research methods in statistics education and R pedagogy.
Jenny was the first in her family to get an undergraduate degree, which she completed as a mature student and single parent. She has ADHD and hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Jenny makes these characteristics visible to raise awareness and contribute to normalising them in the academy and beyond.
Megan Barnard (she/her)
Abi Jones (she/her)
Megan is an Assistant Professor in the University of Nottingham's School of Psychology (UK). Her PhD focused on the relationship between anxiety and road user behaviours and was supervised by Dr Peter Chapman. Megan's current research interests are in statistics anxiety, and how we can use our knowledge of this to support transitions into Higher Education. She is also the founder and creator of SASS, a website designed to support student choice in using software for statistical analyses.
Abi is currently a psychology and education Associate Tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University (CMU). Abi is also a PhD student at Birmingham City University (BCU) under the guidance of Dr Jeffrey wood (BCU), Dr Keeley Abbott (BCU) and Dr Emma McDonald (CMU). Her PhD focuses on constructs related to statistics anxiety and teaching research methods and statistics for Psychology higher education students. Her interests include psychology pedagogy, and she is the current student representative for The European Society of Psychology Learning and Teaching.
Florian Berens (he/him)
Moyahabo "Moya" Mabala (he/him)
Florian is an educational researcher currently holding a Postdoc position at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. His research focuses on connecting the topics of motivation, self-regulated learning, and feedback in digital learning contexts. Florian combines these interests with a strong methodological focus. He combines qualitative or survey data with digital behavioral data from learning management systems or intelligent tutoring systems to comprehensively understand learning processes through this form of learning analytics. Moreover, in order to link the analysis of learning processes with the examination of educational effectiveness, Florian inserts this methodologically plural approach into experiments in educational contexts.
For his PhD in applied statistics Florian investigated the effects attitudes toward statistics and statistics anxiety have on learning behavior and learning success. In addition, in cooperation with Kelly Findley, he has developed a conceptualization of disciplinary beliefs and conceptions about statistics and provided a survey instrument to measure it. Before his PhD, Florian earned a Master of Education in teaching mathematics and politics & economics in high school and a Master of Arts in political science.
Besides research and statistics education Florian enjoys being with his family, watching soccer, and swimming.
Moya is a computer-assisted mass appraisal (CAMA) Modeler at the City of Joburg Metropolitan Municipality. Moya holds a Mathematics and Statistics degree from the University of South Africa. Moya also completed an honours and Master’s degree in Demography and Population Studies. Moya’s master’s research focused on the factors associated with the Special COVID-19 social relief of distress grant uptake in South Africa. Moya is also an independent statistical consultant advising post-graduate students and researchers with quantitative research design and providing statistical analysis support.
Patrick "Paddy" O'Connor
Paddy is a Lecturer (Education) in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast. He is of mixed Zambian and Irish descent, and the first in his family to get an undergraduate degree, which he completed as a mature student. His PhD research focused on the role of numerical and non-numerical ordering skills in early mathematical development. His is interested in statistics anxiety and statistical pedagogy.
Talia is a Sociologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago. She is the coordinator for a mandatory level I Introductory Statistics for Behavioural Sciences at that campus. She also teaches and integrates the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her researchers centers on women’s work and organizational experiences, particularly within entrepreneurial and educational spaces.
V. N. Vimal Rao
Vimal is an educational psychologist and statistician at the University of Illinois. He studies the psychology of statistics: what does it mean to 'do' statistics and how does one learn how to do statistics? Before completing his PhD at the University of Minnesota, Vimal worked for both the US Census Bureau and the US Department of Health and Human Services as a senior statistician. Vimal combines his training and experience in psychology and statistics to support innovative research in statistics education.
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