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Andy McCarthy CPsychol

Chartered Psychologist

Nationality: British.

Lives in Canterbury Kent 



E-mail[email protected]



DfES number:         


Current DBS Certificate: issued 2018



Current Position(s):

Course Director and Lead Tutor, Justin Craig Education, psychology residential and day revision centres (appointed 2014)


‘amac edu’ – Psychology: A-Level & GCSE Private Tuition with Strive Tutors Adult Education, Home Schooling, 1-2-1 & Online Teaching, CPD Days & Residential and Day Revision Conferences. (Provision from Sept 2009)



Recent Employment:

Psychology Lecturer, School of Sociology, Politics and Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University, Course Tutor, Introduction to Psychology: Mind and Behaviour, Single Honours Social Sciences (1999 - 2017)

Subject Leader, Psychology, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham (Contract May to Dec 2014)

Head of Psychology, Acting joint Head of Sixth Form and Year 12 Tutor: The Chaucer School Canterbury, Kent (2013-2014).

Head of Psychology, Kent College, Independent School, Canterbury Kent. (Sept 2003-2013)

Psychology Lecturer, Partnership Development Office, University of Kent (2008-2012) Access to HE and A-Level Psychology: Brompton Academy, Gillingham (UKC Partnership Project)

  • H.E. Lecturer Politics & Governance (level 2): SPSS & Political Research Module. Christ Church University, Canterbury (2009-2011).

    A’ Level Psychology Subject Tutor/Lecturer, Canterbury College (1999-2010)

    Teacher (Psychology), Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School, Canterbury Kent (1998-2008)

    H.E. Visiting Lecturer, Cognitive Psychology, University of Kent (2000).

    H.E. Lecturer & Course Convenor, Lecturer and Personal Tutor, Year 1: Intro to Psychology & Intro to Statistics and Research. Lecturer/Course Tutor Part Two: Biological Foundations in Psychology. Christ Church University, Canterbury (Appointed Sept 1999).

Member of AQA Panel of Examiners, AS & A2 Level Psychology (appointed April 2008)

Higher Education:

  • 2006-2007, Masters, Staffordshire University.

    1995-1998,  Graduate University of Kent.

    1993-1995,  Graduate, Canterbury Christ Church University.




    Higher Education Qualifications:

  • PgC: Teaching Psychology (Staffordshire).

    BSc (Hons) Social Psychology, 2:1 (Upper Second Class with Honours, Kent).

    HE Diploma in Applied Social Sciences/Religious Studies (Year one, passed with merit), Canterbury Christ Church University.


    Professional Membership:

Chartered Psychologist, The British Psychological Society (#83757)

Member: The Association for the Teaching of Psychology (ATP)

Associate Member: European Federation of Psychology Teachers’ Associations (EFPTA)

Member of the International Council of Psychology Educators (ICOPE)

Member: Royal Statistical Society (RSS)



Selection:  Books

A guide to ethics in practical research activities for pre-tertiary psychology teachers and students. ATP (2015):  Morag Williamson with contributions from: Dorothy Coombs, Deb Gajic, Helen Kitching & Andy McCarthy

 'Teaching Psychology in the United Kingdom'. Handbook / Ed. Prof Victor Karandashev. – Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation. 2002. – 134p.



          Selection:  Papers/Articles

What is happiness? (positive psychology). ATP Today (2018)


Is gender a social construct? (gender psychology). ATP Today (2018)

'Towards a new understanding of Schizophrenia: An aetiological discussion, a case for two distinct disorders and a suggested revision of the ‘Dopamine Hypothesis’.    (July 2004), Journal for the Teaching of Psychology (ISSN: 0305-7607)



What is validity and reliability?   (October 2007), Journal for the Teaching of Psychology (ISSN: 0305-7607)


'Familiarised voice recognition: intra-modal repetition priming, and a cognitive model of voice recognition processing' (reviewed 2010, European Journal of Psychology).


Pre-pubic Anorexia as an addiction: a discussion document (June 2010), ATP Today (ISSN: 0305-7607) and online.

Is Local before Global a Universal Scene Perception? Cross-Cultural Differences in Visual Organization (reviewed 2010: European Journal of Psychology)


Some Recent Conferences

  • Vancouver 5th International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver BC, Canada: 23rd to 25th July 2015 (Presentation on ‘Distance Learning Techniques’)


  • Queen’s College Taunton: CPD Facilitator, Teaching Maths for Psychology Teachers, March 2017


  • European Federation of Psychology Teachers’ Associations: Biannual International Spring Conference: Berlin April 2014, Prague April 2016 and Reykjavik April 2018 (workshop presentations)

ICOPE ‘Key Note Panellist’: Northern Arizona University (NAU) AZ USA: psychological literacy (August 2015)

Other Interests:

  • Character Support Artist (CSA) Movies/TV (StarNow, Universal Extras & Casting Collective Agencies)


  • Musician (Bass Guitar)

  • Vice President Boughton-u-Blean Kent, Cricket Club


Supporter & Associate Producer: “Right between your ears” (2015). Psychology Docu-Movie by Anika



Sarah Cant: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Director of Sociology
and Principal Lecturer

Canterbury Christ Church University

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