Department of Psychology


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Dr Mark Turner

  • Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BSc
  • Role Title: Associate Head for Education
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6309
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  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am course leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology degree programmes, responsible for the day-to-day management and development of our undergraduate programmes within the department. I also co-ordinate the sandwich year and work placement options that form part of these degrees.

I have been a lecturer in psychology at Portsmouth since 1995. Prior to that, I completed my PhD at the University of Southampton Institute of Sound & Vibration Research where I also worked as a Research Assistant for four years. The focus of my PhD work investigated the physical and psychological causes of motion sickness. I also hold an MSc in Information Systems Design and undergraduate degree in Psychology, from the University of Portsmouth.  

Teaching Responsibilities

I lecture on subjects including Psychological Testing & Assessment, Survey Design, Psychological Research Methods, Data Analysis and SPSS to undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students, and to other postgraduate research students in the University. I have also taught specialised applied psychology options to final year psychology students in the study of Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction.

I am a placement tutor, providing support to students who undertake sandwich-year placements or day placements working with external organisations during their degree. I am also a personal tutor to undergraduate psychology students and a final year dissertation supervisor.


My main research work is in the area of applied psychology, specifically the personal and social impact of technology. I have authored and co-authored academic papers on a range of human factors issues including mobile HCI and interface design; mediated communication, online identity and impression formation; health and age related effects of technology; visual perception; the use of virtual displays; and the aetiology of car, air and sea-sickness.

I also maintain a healthy enthusiasm and interest in the development and use of psychometric tests to assess cognitive ability and personality differences. I am an EFPA accredited European Test User (Level 2: Work & Organisational Assessment) and qualified with the British Psychological Society’s Register of Competence in Psychological Testing (Level A; Level B Intermediate Plus)



Research profile

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