Madeleine Pownall

Madeleine Pownall


I am a Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship) in the School of Psychology. I completed my PhD in 2022 on women’s experiences of cognitive changes throughout pregnancy, using stereotype threat and self-objectification paradigms. I am also a Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) Fellow, on a project with Dr Richard Harris and Dr Pam Birtill on “Global Citizenship in the Curriculum”. I sit on several committees, including the Executive Committee of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science; the Psychology of Women and Equalities Committee; and the Graduate Student Committee of the Society of Teaching of Psychology. 

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


  • Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow

Research interests

I am interested in work which offers critical or creative ways of thinking about student engagement in Higher Education and am a member of the Research in the Psychology of Student Education (RitPOSE) Group at Leeds. With this group, I am currently involved in projects exploring undergraduate transitions, pre-tertiary education, and assessment and feedback. More broadly, I am a critical feminist psychologist and all of my work is through this lens. I am interested in how psychological science can use teachings from feminist psychology to be more diverse, welcoming, inclusive, and critical. I also have an interest in feminist pedagogy and creative approaches to teaching and learning.

I am an advocate for open science and try to embed this into my teaching and research. I attended the Advanced Methods for Reproducible Science Workshop (hosted by the UK Reproducibility Network), which prompted a keen interest in the ongoing debates and discussions surrounding open science. More recently, my work considers how open science can be more inclusive, including to diverse methodologies and different groups of academics, and how open science conversations can strive to be more constructive.


  • 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 a range of modules and programmes, including Research Skills 1, 2, and 3, Memory and Language, Social Psychology, Psychology at Leeds, and Advanced Social Psychology. I also 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. 

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