Position: Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
Faculty: Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Psychology
Dr Lisa Doodson is a highly motivated individual with a unique combination of academic and business related skills. After 15 years in senior corporate management she embarked on a second career to fulfil a long standing ambition to train as a psychologist. A natural communicator, Dr Doodson has extensive experience in leadership and management complemented by excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. She is an experienced chartered psychologist, with specific expertise in the field of health psychology and the psychosocial factors relating to family relationships. Her main interests lie in understanding the unique dynamics within stepfamilies. As part of her PhD Dr Doodson conducted the UK’s largest study on stepfamily wellbeing and in 2010 published a book, based on the research with Vermilion entitled ‘How to be a Happy Stepmum’. In addition to lecturing in psychology she also runs her own company, Happy Steps, which offers support and training to stepfamilies and professionals who work with families, using self-developed evidence based material. Dr Doodson is a widely recognized as an expert on stepfamily relationships in the UK and is regularly asked for advice on stepparenting issues by National press, magazines and TV.
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Regent’s University London - November 2013 – present
Responsible for operations and all aspects of academic quality and learning and teaching within the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Reporting to the Dean, Lisa is accountable for quality assurance and delivery of all the teaching operation across the faculty.
Programme Director, Psychology, Regent’s University London - May 2011 – November 2013
Responsible for leading the Psychology department which consisted of 10 academics teaching across 3 programmes (Foundation in Psychology, BSc(Hons) Psychology and BA Liberal Arts degree – majors in Psychology). The role necessitated growing the department from a very small base to support the growing BSc student cohort whilst also securing BPS accreditation. Lisa also developed a five year post graduate strategy to deliver a range of programmes, including an MSc Psychology Conversion programme, MSc Organisational Psychology & range of MSc Social Psychology pathways, the first of which launches in Sep 2014. She has significant experience in the validation of new programmes, the revalidation of existing programmes and external accreditation with the British Psychological Society. In 2012 and 2013 she was nominated and shortlisted for the Regent’s staff award for Excellence in Leadership and Management.
Visiting Lecturer, Psychology, Regent’s College - August 2010 – May 2011
Developed and delivered a number of psychology and business related modules to undergraduate and postgraduate level students. Modules include Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Contemporary Issues in Psychology, Personality theories and Organisational Behaviour. Key achievements include:
Psychology Lecturer, University of West London - September 2009–August 2010
Developed and delivered a number of psychology based modules to students at UWL, including biological psychology, research methods, social influence & abnormal psychology. Key achievements have included
Research and Teaching Associate, University of West London - September 2005 – 2009
As part of the university’s psychology department, she conducted extensive research and delivered lectures to undergraduate psychology students. Key achievements have included:
Director of studies, ‘The Significance of counselling in reducing psychological distress, enhancing patients adaptation to illness and promoting recovery in Arab women with breast cancer in Qatar’.
Director of studies, ‘An evaluation of Body in Mind Training in community samples’
Second supervisor, living with diagnosis: The impact of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder
I have a strong interest in the development of family relationships, particularly those involving divorce and remarriage. I have been actively involved in researching stepfamilies since 2004 and am now recognized as one of the leading experts in the UK. I am particularly interested in the link between research and applied psychology, ensuring that the findings from research are used effectively for interventions. As such I work closely with family professionals to provide training in the effective support of stepfamilies as well as working with individual families in my own practice.
Doodson, L. (2008). The mental wellbeing of Stepmothers – A comparative study to understand the differences and issues experienced by stepmothers. National Council of Family Relations Annual Conference, Pittsburgh
Last updated: 01 March 2018