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Dr Shell Young

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Senior Lecturer

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

I teach locally, as well as being the TNE module leader for the level 3 CET308 User Experience Design module.


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


Number of items: 7.


Hall, Lynne, Mcdonald, Sharon and Young, Shell (2018) Barking Up the Wrong Tree: A Qualitative Study of the Potential for Dog-Owner Technology. British HCI Conference.

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

Clawson, Kathy, Delicato, Louise, Garfield, Sheila and Young, Shell (2018) Automated Representation of Non-Emotional Expressivity to Facilitate Understanding of Facial Mobility: Preliminary Findings. In: Intelligent Systems Conference 2017, 7-8 September 2017, London.

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 Jul 6 01:02:31 2022 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 08 October 2021