Dr Tracy Stewart

Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology

Background

Dr Tracy Stewart is a Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology in Moray House School of Education. 

Tracy is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Cognitive, Clinical  and Developmental Sections.

Tracy was awarded her PhD from the University of Strathclyde for a thesis titled “Executive Control, Rumination and Overgeneral Autobiographical Memory: Development, Nature and Direction in Childhood and Adolescence". Her Phd was funded by the Universtiy of Strathclyde and supervised by Dr Sinead Rhodes and Dr Simon Hunter. 

Following this, Tracy was employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Strathclyde investigating gender-based violence in universities before joining  the Universtiy of Edinburgh in 2017. 

Tracy's research interest lies within gaining a greater understanding of the development of factors that are predictive of clinical disorders and pre-clinical symptoms (mainly depression & anxiety) across adolescence.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Strathclyde, 2012
  • PhD, University of Strathclyde, 2016

Undergraduate teaching

MA Primary and MA Education: 

  • Education Studies 2A (course coordinator)
  • Cognitive and Social Child Development in Education 

Postgraduate teaching

MSc Education:

  • Psychology of Learning and Teaching (course coordinator)

MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching:

  • Numeracy, Learning and Learners
  • Understanding the Nature of Knowledge and Curriculum

Research summary

Tracy’s research interests are in the areas of clinical, cognitive and developmental psychology. Tracy is interested in the typical and atypical development of cognitive and emotional factors that give rise to pre-clinical symptoms and clinical disorder, particularly depression across adolescence.

Tracy’s research has explored the longitudinal relationships between emotional factors such as rumination and executive functions including higher order cognitive control processes and autobiographical memory in childhood and adolescence. Furthermore, Tracy has investigated the role of childhood trauma on the development of autobiographical memory.

Understanding suicide and self-harm is also of key interest to Tracy and she has investigated perceptions of self-harm and suicide, as well as been involved in other projects exploring the prevalence and incidence of gender-based violence across university campuses.

Knowledge exchange

  • Research the Headlines: Co-author (appointed 2017). A blog which addresses the way in which research is discussed and portrayed in the media.
  • European Research Night: Organising committee (2016). Sourced and organised external speakers from the voluntary sector to take part in the event.
  • The Research Knowledge and Exchange ENGAGE Event (2015). Held interactive sessions with various secondary school students across schools in Scotland (i.e. allowed students to use psychological tasks).
  • Stewart, T, Rhodes, S & Hunter, S. (2015). Reflective rumination in adolescence predicts decreases in cognitive control impairment for emotional information. Oral talk. Developmental Psychology Conference. 
  • Stewart, T, Rhodes, S & Hunter, S. (2015). Adolescent depression is associated with impaired cognitive and emotional ability. Poster presentation. Clinical Psychology Conference. 
  • Stewart, T, Rhodes, S & Hunter, S. (2014). Adolescent depression is associated with impaired cognitive and emotional ability. Poster Presentation. Developmental Psychology Conference. 
  • Stewart, T. (2014). Adolescent Depression, is it in their heads? Oral talk. Uniersity of Strathclyde Research Day
  • Stewart, T, Rhodes, S & Hunter, S. (2013). Investigating the relationship between cognitive and emotional predictors of adolescent depressive symptoms. Poster presentation. Scottish Mental Health Research Network Annual Conference.
  • Stewart, T. (2012). Lay perceptions of Suicide and self-harm. Oral talk. Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
  • Stewart, T. (2011). Lay perceptions of suicide. Poster presentation. University of Strathclyde Research Day

 

Project activity

1. Title: Immediate Impact of Fantastical/Non-Fantastical Television Content on Executive Functions of Children aged 5-6

In collaboration with Dr Sinead Rhodes (Unvierstiy of Edinburgh)

 

2. Title: A prospective investigation of rumination and executive control in predicting overgeneral autobiographical memory in adolescence 

In collaboration with Dr Sinead Rhodes (Unvierstiy of Edinburgh) and Dr Simon Hunter (University of Strathclyde)

 

3. Title: Reflective pondering predicts reduced impairment in executive control for emotional information: An adolescent prospective study

In collaboration with Dr Sinead Rhodes (Unvierstiy of Edinburgh) and Dr Simon Hunter (University of Strathclyde)

Past project grants

University of Strathclyde PhD Funding award (2012): Studentship – investigating cognitive and emotional factors which contribute to the development and maintenance of depression, £45K

Internship Grant for Research at Strathclyde (2011): Examining perceptions of suicide, £2.5K

  • Stewart, T, Rhodes, S & Hunter, S. (2016). Autobiographical memory specificity in children and adolescence: A systematic review of the CaR-FA-X model. Memory, 1-30. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2016.1275699.

 

  • Stewart, T, Rhodes, S & Hunter, S. (2017). A prospective investigation of rumination and executive control processes in predicting overgeneral autobiographical memory in adolescence. Memory and Cognition, under second review.

 

  • Stewart, T, Rhodes, S & Hunter, S. (2017). Reflective pondering predicts reduced impairment in executive control when processing emotional information: An adolescent prospective study. In progress.