, School of Psychology
Candan is module leader for GC7925 which is the research project module in MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP).
Areas Of Interest
- Wellbeing, Health, Education, Culture and Organisation
- Socially constructed personality characteristics, meta cognition, creativity and wellbeing
- Posttraumatic Growth, resilience and contributing factors
Candan has many years' experience of running Masters courses in psychology. She developed two Masters courses when at the University of Bedfordshire: "Psychological Approaches to Health and Management" and a conversion course "Applied Psychology". More generally, Candan has over 30 years of experience lecturing in psychology, with specific expertise in Exceptional Children, modern psychometrics and Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Candan did her PhD at Goldsmiths' college, University of London. It was a comparative study of school age children in England and Turkey, looking at personality characteristics such as perceived control and its antecedents which may be informed by culture. The completed work was awarded the best doctorate award by the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), significantly because of its use of a specialist psychometric method called Item Response Theory. In recent years Candan worked closely with colleagues in medical schools in the UK to promote teaching diversity and cultural competence. She has trained on a woman's leadership programme and is now coaching and mentoring staff from diverse background towards leadership roles within NHS.
Candan collaborates nationally and internationally, to do research in education, health and workplace settings. She has published in the areas of culture and education, parent training, culture and health in industry and human potential and wellbeing. She has given key talks and contributed to symposiums and various conferences nationally and internationally. For the last 10 years she has contributed passionately to the organisation 'Diversity in Medical and Allied Health' to help drive the need to diversify the training and practice of the medical profession. This involves contributing to conference organisation, working with universities across the country and writing collaboratively.
- Developing intervention techniques: A learning strategy intervention for people with dyslexia
- Evaluating programmes for implementation: Evaluation of a programme called PIAZZA for Psychologically Informed Living Environments (PIE) for a London Borough Council
- Adapting and evaluating programmes to improve wellbeing and quality of life in both children and adults: ACEV Parents' training for primary age children
- Developing models and guidelines for sustainable change: Work done with DIMAH including teaching guidelines
- Research Informed Teaching: Creating and evaluating a best practice, nurturing, learning environment within higher education.
Candan is a BABCP accredited psychotherapist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She practices with the IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) within the NHS. Her specialisms in practice are: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Long-Term Physical Health Conditions. Her clinical practice and research have stimulated her interest in Positive Psychology coaching which she believes can provide solutions to the issues that she observes and researches. Consequently, she is very pleased to be part of the team of positive and coaching psychologists. She values the exchanges and communication she has in her new role, which is also informing her research and practice.
Candan had done consultancy in her capacity as psychology lecturer and psychometrician within the universities research and innovation centre and has also developed projects concerned with knowledge transfer with industry. One of these projects was with the Welcome Trust during their integration with GSK; the other was concerned with the recruitment of highly skilled staff in a specialist electronic company.
- British Psychological Society (BPS)
- British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
- British Association for Turkish Area Studies (BATAS)
- Diversity in Medical and Allied Health (DIMAH)
- European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
- International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
- International Test Committee (ITC)
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