Dr Shubha Sreenivas

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Biological)
Room
M308

Biography

I undertook my PhD at Bangor University, and my research focused on self-attribution of facial appearance as an early predictor of improvement in depressive mood state. This is in line with my previous clinical research involvements (led by Prof David Linden, Cardiff University) that aimed to understand the behavioural and neural activity that related to mood disorders.

After completing my PhD in 2016, I worked predominantly in the Older Adults Psychology Services at Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board (BCUHB) as an Assistant Psychologist (AP). In this role, I conducted neuropsychological assessments to support dementia diagnosis and worked with the Community Mental Health Teams. I also had the opportunity to work in the Adult Mental Health teams to assist with assessment for Autism Spectrum Conditions and shadow Clinical Psychologist in the Stroke Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. These opportunities to support people also allowed me to apply and learn further about clinical and neuropsychology. As an AP, I also had the rare opportunity to undertake a mapping exercise on the non-educational needs of pupils with statements in the Isle of Anglesey (2015-2016), led by Dr Susan Hamilton, Clinical Director Children’s Services West, BCUHB, and report to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Before embarking on my PhD, I worked as the Data Manager at Bangor Clinical Trials Unit. In this role, I coordinated and supervised the data management of various multi-centred trials in the UK and developed standard operating procedures for data management for the unit. Besides these, I have had a range of work experiences in the UK and in India, including teaching, public relations and journalism.

I support charities, including working with people who are homeless by offering practical support and upskilling. I enjoy reading and learning new skills, whether DIY or dancing. More recently gardening has become a real interest of mine and helps me feel grounded.

I support the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) with fundraising activities (and volunteering my husband!) and had been previously involved with the Day Centre at Holyhead to support people who became homeless to apply for jobs to overcome their adversity. In my spare time I enjoy reading and cooking, but nature/coastal walks are on the cards when the weather is nice. I also enjoy sailing (under 5 knots of wind!) and kayaking. Being a deckhand for my husband whilst circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey is still one of my top achievements! I also enjoy DIY home improvements and can get carried away after watching Homes Under the Hammer.

Qualifications

PhD, Bangor University

MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology, Bangor University

MSc Psychology, Mother Theresa Women’s University, India

MA Sociology, University of Calicut, India

PG Diploma in Journalism, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, India

BA English, University of Calicut, India

 

Other training:

CBT for Social Anxiety, BABCP

NeuroSKILL Training, Bangor University

Training on Structured Clinical Interview for DSM IV, Exeter University

Data Protection Training, Bangor University

Project Management Training, Bangor University

Good Clinical Practice, NISCHR CRC Cymru

Mindfulness-based stress reduction, Bangor University

Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills, Coleg Menai, Bangor

Research

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Face perception
  • Psychological disorders and interventions
  • Wellbeing and resilience
  • Individual differences of self-attribution/self-identity

I am interested in how people respond differently to life experiences as well as how changes in the brain and body contributes to changes in people’s abilities and behaviours. People’s self and social attributions and underlying biases are topics of interest to me as well.

Courses

BSc (Hons) Psychology

MSc Psychology Conversion

Publications

British Psychological Society, Sreenivas S; Picking, R; Mayers, J; Le-Cheminent, K; Paine, Andy, Poster, Exploring the perceptions of primary school children and teachers on using reading dogs to motivate reading behaviour, Positive Adaptations: Psychological Strengths Online Conference, 1st -2nd July 2021.

Singh, N. N., Lancioni, G. E., Medvedev, O. N., Sreenivas, S., Myers, R. E., & Hwang, Y. (2018). Meditation on the soles of the feet practice provides some control of aggression for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Mindfulness. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-1075-0

Ward, R., Sreenivas, S., Read, J., Saunders, K., & Rogers, R. D. (2017). The role of serotonin in

personality interference: tryptophan depletion impairs the identification of neuroticism in the face. Psychopharmacology, 234(14), 2139-2147. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-017-4619-4

Sreenivas, S., Boehm, S. G. & Linden, D. E. J. (2011). Emotional faces and the default mode network, Neurosci. Lett. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2011.11.012