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 also an advocate for Open Science and reproducible research methods. 

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, the British Psychological Society Research Board, and I am an Emerging Leader in the American Psychological Association Learning Leadership Institute, where I represent The European Federation of Psychology Teachers' Associations. 

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. In this project, I also investigate various social-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
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

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
  • Association of Women in Psychology

Student education

I teach on modules including Research Skills 1, 2, and 3, Memory and Language, Social Psychology, Psychology at Leeds, and Advanced Social Psychology. I lecture on the Social Psychology module on topics such as ‘Understanding Prejudice’ and ‘Constructions of the Self’. 

I lead the Research in the Psychology of Student Education Group.

I was the 2021 recipient of the Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award, awarded by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.