Final Year Psychology Student Invited to Present at British Psychological Society Annual Conference

Final Year Psychology student Egle Dalinkeviciute recently presented a poster at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton . The Society's Annual Conference attracts leading academics, researchers and practitioners from around the world to share their Psychology research. Egle was invited to present research conducted during the completion of a highly competitive British Psychological Society Undergraduate Research Assistantship.  The award was given to Psychology lecturer Dr. Josephine Ross, to allow her to provide Egle with 'hands-on' experience of research within the mini me lab during the summer vacation, to gain an insight into scientific research and to encourage Egle to consider an academic career. The scheme is a prestigious award that marks out a student as a future researcher and potential academic.

The aim of Egle’s project was to explore whether art therapy offers an effective early intervention for at risk attachment relationships. Joining an interdisciplinary collaboration between Dr. Ross and Art Psychotherapist Victoria Armstrong, Egle was given access to psychological training from two distinct perspectives (research and therapeutic), and supported in taking her first steps in producing scientific data. Egle complimented case reports with quantitative data, using close observational behavioural coding and statistical analysis to determine that art therapy is associated with objectively observable changes in the parent-infant relationship. You can view Egle’s poster summarising the project here.

Egle enjoyed the chance to present her poster amongst fellow award winners, PhD students and established researchers, and to attend talks by world leading Psychologists, including a captivating keynote by Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman.

Having just completed her final year exams at Dundee, Egle plans to take up an offer to complete a Masters in Organisational Psychology at City University London. We wish Egle all the best for the future and for the continuation of a bright career in Psychology!