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Dr Shell Young

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In 2005, I was awarded my PhD in personality and group dynamics within systems development teams. I used the Repertory Grid technique and continue to focus my research in the use and practice of the technique.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, as well as being a Laughter Yoga Leader, Laughter Facilitator and Advanced Laughter Facilitator.

Teaching and supervision

At postgraduate level, I lecture on, and I'm a Module Leader for the Project Risk and Quality Management, and Research Skills and Academic Literacy modules, as well as providing teaching and support for the Leadership and the Management of Project Risk, Quality and People module.

At undergraduate level, I teach and support on the level 3 User Experience Design module, and am the module leader for the foundation module; Human Computer Interaction.


My research interests are in the repertory grid interviewing technique and positive psychology, specifically happiness and laughter theory and practice.


Number of items: 5.


Edwards, Helen, McDonald, Sharon and Young, Michelle (2009) The repertory grid technique: its place in empirical software engineering research. Information and Software Technology, 51 (4). pp. 785-798. ISSN 0950-5849

Conference or Workshop Item

Edwards, Helen, McDonald, Sharon and Young, Michelle (2010) Choosing field methods: a reflection on a rep grid study. In: 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: NordiCHI 2010: Extending boundaries, 16-20 Oct 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Young, Michelle, Edwards, Helen and Thompson, Barrie (2006) University Reachout - The Role of Guest Speakers in Communicating with Industry and Other Institutions A Position Paper. In: 19th Conference on Software Engineering Education & Training, 19-21 Apr 2006, Turtle Bay, Hawaii.

Edwards, Helen, McDonald, Sharon, Thompson, Barrie and Young, Michelle (2005) Personality Characteristics in an XP Team: A Repertory Grid Study. In: ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes, 16 May 2005, St Louis, Missouri, USA.

Young, Michelle, McDonald, Sharon, Edwards, Helen and Thompson, Barrie (2001) Quality & People in the Development of Situationally Specific Methods. In: Second Asia-Pacific Conference On Quality Software (APAQS�01), 10-11 Dec 2001, NEW WORLD RENAISSANCE HOTEL, HONG KONG.

This list was generated on Wed Aug 5 00:26:34 2020 BST.
  • Repertory grid technique
  • Interviewing
  • Positive psychology: happiness and laughter theory and practice
  • Multidimensional scaling
  • Personality and group dynamics
I am also the University and College Union Members Secretary.

Last updated 19 February 2020

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