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Sam McBride

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Academic Tutor and PhD student

I studied BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the university, graduating in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Since finishing my master's I've been an Academic Tutor in Psychology, teaching across the breadth of our courses, from foundation stage, to undergraduate and postgraduate MSc Psychology (Conversion)

In 2023, I started a PhD taking a mixed methods approach to investigating barriers to male help-seeking in bariatric care, supervised by Dr Rebecca Owens, Dr Jon Rees, and Professor Yitka Graham.

Teaching and supervision

I currently teach modules across most stages of our undergraduate and master's courses:

  • FDN039 – Contemporary Issues in Psychology (lecture)
  • PSY247 – Twenty-Four, Seven: Everyday Motivations and Biases (workshop)
  • PSY372 – Cyberpsychology (lecture/seminar)
  • PSYM66 – Everyday Motivations and Biases and their Historical Context (workshop)


My PhD aims to identify facilitators and barriers to men engaging in bariatric care and to make recommendations on how we can improve the uptake of men in bariatric care in the region, as men are more likely than women in the north-east to be living with obesity, but a majority of people engaging with bariatric care are women.

Last updated 28 February 2024