Eleanor Dommett

Eleanor Dommett


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    Research Overview

    I have two main areas of research i) neuroscience research into distractibility and ii) pedagogic research. In my neuroscience research I aim to better understand the neural basis of distractibility, that is the inability to ignore irrelevant stimuli. I do this using a variety of approaches, including examining situations where heightened distractibility occurs such as during ADHD or in healthy ageing. I also examine the effects of psychostimulants which are known to reduce distractibility. In my pedagogic research, I focus on the perceived impact and value of different educational technologies, including asychronous forums, twitter and lecture capture.


    I have developed and deliver several modules on the BSc Psychology programme:

    • Psychology and the Brain (Level 4)

    • Contemporary Issues in Neuroscience (Level 5)

    • Academic Teaching Apprenticeship (Level 6).

    I have also co-developed and co-deliver a suite of non-credit bearing skills development modules:

    • Foundation Graduate Attributes

    • Intermediate Graduate Attributes

    • Advanced Graduate Attributes

    I received a number of awards for my teaching, including a King's Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 for Quality Feedback.

    Education Leadership

    I currently hold several education leadership roles. I am the e-learning tutor on the BSc Psychology Programme and the the Academic Lead for the College TEL Transformation Strategy. I am also a member of the HEA Accreditation Review panel and previously acted as the work stream lead for the Curriculum Design and Development Strand of the Education Strategy. I am a Principal Fellow of the HEA.

    Public Engagement & Dissemination

    I am a STEM ambassador and regularly work with schools, particularly to encourage more girls into STEM subjects at university and increase access to university by students from a widening participation background. In addition, I have written a number of books aimed at teachers about neuroscience and what it can mean for classroom practice. 



    Research interests

    PhD supervision:

    Morgane Colom (OU/KCL Studentship): Investigating the neural underpinnings of individual variation in conditioned and motivated behaviour associated with substance use disorders. [2019-2021]

    Amy Turner (BRN PhD Studentship): Investigating The Impact Of Chronic Treatment With ADHD Medications On The Neural Correlate Of Distractibility [2014-2017]

    Louise Brace (Open University Studentship): Characterisation of the Superior Colliculus in a Rat Model of Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder [2011-2014]

    Loes Koorenhof (Open University Studentship): Characterisation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder using behavioural and neurophysiological instruments [2010-2014]

    Grant income:

    2020 'Taking education online: the impact on student and staff mental health' King's Together £14,779

    2019 'Evaluating the impact of transcripts and push-reminders on lecture capture use and student outcomes in a large undergraduate module' Echo360 £5000

    2019-2021 'Investigating the effects of cardio and non-cardio exercise on adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)' Rosetrees Trust £59282 

    2011-2013 ‘An investigation into the efficacy of atomoxetine in ameliorating individual symptoms of ADHD’Brain and Behavioral Research Foundation (previously NARSAD).  $50457.75


    Biographical details

    I completed my first degree in Psychology at Sheffield University before undertaking an MSc in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. After my MSc I returned to Sheffield University to complete a doctorate in Neuroscience under the supervision of Prof Paul Overton and Prof Peter Redgrave. During this period I became an Open University tutor, teaching Biological Psychology. Once my PhD was complete I moved to Oxford to take up a post doctoral position at the Dept of Pharmacology. During this three year period I also held a Junior Research Fellowship at Somerville College, Oxford and held Stipendiary Lectureship in Neuroscience at Lady Margaret Hall.

    I joined the Open University in 2009 as a Lecturer in Psychology and wored on a number of modules, most notably leading the development of a third year sensory neuroscience module. In February 2010 I was accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I established my research at the OU investigating the neural basis of ADHD using an animal module of the condition. In 2015 I joined KCL as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education

    Education/Academic qualification

    Bachelor of Arts, BA in Humanities with Religious Studies, Open University

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

    Doctor of Philosophy, Sensory regulation of midbrain dopaminergic neurons , University of Sheffield

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

    Master of Science, Neuroscience MSc (Distinction), King's College London

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Sheffield

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

    External positions

    Honorary Associate, Open University

    1 Jan 2015 → …


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