About Kirsten McKenzie Fender
I joined the School of Psychology in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to this I was an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus (2011-2014) and a post-doc at the University of Manchester (2008-2010), having completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2008.
My current research has two main themes; the multisensory processes underlying body representation and spatial awareness in healthy individuals, and the cognitive and perceptual processes leading to somatic misperception in people with Medically Unexplained Symptoms and other clinical disorders, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I use a variety of techniques including MIRAGE virtual/augmented reality, fMRI, EEG and other psychophysical measures, structured patient interviews, physiological assessment & eye-tracking.
I am the Module Coordinator for our new Brain, Behaviour & Cognition Module (PSY1160M) and run seminars for Research Skills (PSY2002M), as well as supervise final year Dissertation student projects and Masters students. I am also involved in the development of our new tutorial program.
I am the Chair of the School’s Athena Swan Committee, the Deputy Chair of the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee and organise the Evolution and Development Research Group Meetings.
Body Representation, Embodiment and Sensory Illusions, Sensory Integration
Athena Swan Assessment Panel Member for the Equality Challenge Unit