Staff Profile


Dr Tammy Dempster

Research Assistant (Psychology)

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921469

Profile summary

I am the Psychology team's full-time research assistant, assisting the university’s psychology team with any aspect of their research they need help with. 

I have a PhD in cognitive neuropsychology but have a diverse range of research interests and experience.  I have worked in a variety of different disciplines (e.g., Psychology, Media, Business, Criminal Justice, and Policing…) with a diverse range of team members, often working on multiple projects for multiple different teams and stakeholders simultaneously.

Additionally, I also work as a researcher for Canterbury Christ Church University's Justice Support Dogs International Lab ( which was established to prompt the use of professionally trained Justice Facility Dogs (also known as ‘courthouse facility dogs’) in the UK Criminal Justice System.  This lab incorporates both the local and international work we do with both our justice facility dog and our therapy dog, supporting vulnerable people in the criminal justice system and helping to improve undergraduate and postgraduate students’ mental health and well-being.

Teaching and subject expertise

I have ten years of experience as an Associate Lecturer.  During this time I've taught psychology to level 4, 5, and 6 psychology students, and research methods to psychology undergraduates, level 6 computing undergraduates, and external Masters research students.  

Teaching Experience

Modules and programs include: Master's Level Introduction to SPSS and Research Methods (external activity); Level 6 Human-Computer Interaction; Level 5 Research Experience Scheme, Research Methods in Psychology, Exploring Cognition, and Cognitive Psychology; and Level 4 Key Skills in Psychology, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, Brain and Mind, The Social and Developing Self, and Introduction in Psychology.

Marking Experience

Modules include: Cognitive Psychology, Optimal Performance, Psychobiology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Key Skills, Introduction to Psychology, Brain and Mind, The Social and Developing Self, Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Introduction to Research Methods.

External activities

Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (

Publications and research outputs

Dempster, T., & Vernon, D. (2009). Identifying indices of learning for alpha neurofeedback training. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 34(4), 309-318.

Spruin, E., Dempster, T., Islam, S., & Raybould, I. (under review). The effects of a therapy dog vs mindfulness on student anxiety and well-being: A randomised control study.

Spruin, E., Dempster, T., & Mozova, K. (2020). Facility dogs as a tool for building rapport and credibility with child witnesses. International Journal of Law, Crime, and Justice.

Spruin, E., Mozova, K., Dempster, T., & Freeman, R. (2020). The use of facility dogs to bridge the justice gap for survivors of sexual offending. Social Sciences, 9(6).

Spruin, E., Mozova, K., Dempster, T., & Mitchell, S. (2019). Exploring the impact of specially trained dogs on the court experiences of sexual offence survivors in England and Wales: An exploratory case study. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. doi:10.1007/s10610-019-09419-1.

Spruin, E., Mozova, K., Franz, A., Mitchell, S., Ferdandez, A., Dempster, T., & Holt, N. (2019). The use of therapy dogs to support court users in the waiting room. International Criminal Justice Review, 29(3), 284-303.

Vernon, D., & Dempster, T., (2013). Neurofeedback: Refining the methodology of brain-computer interface training. In Orsucci, F., & Sala, N. (Eds), Complexity science, living systems and reflexing interfaces: New models and perspectives (pp. 92-111). London: IGI Global.

Vernon, D., Dempster, T., Bazanova, O., Rutterford, N., Pasqualini, M., & Anderson, S. (2009). Alpha neurofeedback training for performance enhancement: Reviewing the methodology. Journal of Neurotherapy, 13(4), 214-227.


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