Madeleine Pownall

Madeleine Pownall


I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds in September 2018 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (0.4) and PhD student (0.6), after completing my BSc in Psychology at the University of Lincoln (First Class with Hons). While my research interests are continually developing, I am broadly interested in social psychology with an emphasis on gender and stereotypes.

I am currently the Chair of PsyPag (Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, 2019-2021), which involves representing all psychology postgraduates in the UK. I also sit on the RAISE (Researching, Advancing, and Inspiring Student Engagement) Committee as a Student Member. Previously, I chaired the British Psychological Society Student Committee from 2017-2018.

I am an Associate Editor for The Psychologist magazine and run the Voices in Psychology programme.

Research interests

My PhD is investigating how stereotypes that relate to pregnant women's cognitive functionality may affect performance in stereotyped domains. I will also be looking at various cognitive mechanisms that may diffuse some of the harmful effects of stereotypes. This work is supervised by Dr Russell Hutter and Professor Mark Conner.

More broadly, I am interested in how psychology can inform real-world issues of gender, particularly in relation to gender stereotypes. 

I also engage in work that focuses on pedagogy, student engagement, and staff-student partnership. 


  • Psychology BSc (First Class Hons), University of Lincoln
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Professional memberships

  • Chair of the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG)
  • European Association of Social Psychology
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • The Psychology of Women and Equalities Section of the British Psychological Society

Student education

My main teaching responsibilities include supporting Research Skills 1 and 2, facilitating small group discussions, and running seminars. I teach on modules including Memory and Language, Social Psychology, and Advanced Social Psychology.

I lecture on the Social Psychology module on ‘Understanding Prejudice’ and ‘Constructions of the Self’. 

I am a member of the Research in the Psychology of Student Education Group.