Dr Andrew DenovanSenior Lecturer

Dr Andrew Denovan achieved his BSc (First Class Honours) and MSc (Distinction) from Teesside University before completing his PhD (2007-2010) at Sheffield Hallam University.

For his PhD Andrew investigated stress, coping and psychological wellbeing using a synthesis of applied health psychology and positive psychology theory.

He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Andrew’s research interests include stress, adjustment, individual differences, positive psychology, wellbeing, and the student experience in higher education. He is also interested in research methods such as interpretative phenomenological analysis, psychometrics, statistical modelling, and mixed method designs. Andrew is an active researcher and welcomes applications from prospective PhD students with similar research interests.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Macaskill, A., & Denovan, A. (2014). Assessing psychological health: The contribution of psychological strengths. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. DOI:10.1080/03069885.2014.898739

Denovan, A., & Macaskill, A. (2013). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of stress and coping in first year undergraduates. British Educational Research Journal, 39 (6), 1002-1024.

Macaskill, A., & Denovan, A. (2013). Developing autonomous learning in first year university students using perspectives from positive psychology. Studies in Higher Education, 38 (1), 124-142.

Macaskill, A., & Denovan, A. (2009). Using positive psychology to promote the health and wellbeing of new student transition to university. Psychology and Health Vol. 24, Supplement 1, 417-420.

Conference Presentations

Denovan, A., & Macaskill, A. (September 2013). Applying qualitative methods to enrich positive psychology: A novel way to investigate coping with stress amongst undergraduates. Paper presented at the 3rd QMiP Annual Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Denovan, A., Macaskill, A., & Moore, T. J. (July 2009). Investigating student stress using a positive psychology approach. Poster presented at the Institutional Research Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Denovan, A., Macaskill, A., & Moore, T. J. (July 2009). Stress and subjective wellbeing amongst university students: The role of positive traits, coping, and personality. Poster presented at the Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Cardiff University, UK.

Macaskill, A., & Denovan, A. (July 2010). Applying positive psychology to promote wellbeing and autonomous learning in first year undergraduates. Paper presented at the Psychology, Learning, and Teaching Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Macaskill, A., & Denovan, A. (July 2009). Developing personal strengths in students to enable them to engage fully with opportunities for autonomous learning. Paper presented at the Learning and Teaching / Learning through Enquiry Alliance Conference, University of Reading, UK.

Macaskill, A., & Denovan, A. (July 2009). Promoting health, wellbeing, and achievement of new students using positive psychology. Paper presented at the Institutional Research Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Macaskill, A., & Denovan, A. (February 2009). Character strengths, health, wellbeing and autonomous learning in new students. Poster presented at the CPLA CETL Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Macaskill, A., & Denovan, A. (February 2009). Workshops to develop psychological strengths to facilitate autonomous learning in first year students. Poster presented at the CPLA CETL Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Research Seminars

Denovan, A., & Macaskill, A. (February 2013). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of stress and coping in first year undergraduates. Paper presented at the SoFI Seminar Series, Teesside University, UK.

Funded Research Projects

Taylor, J., & Denovan, A. (June 2013). Time to put it into perspective: Developing a balanced time perspective to promote student coping, engagement and wellbeing. URF Teesside University (£5,000).

Macaskill, A., Bowles, D. B., & Denovan, A. (March 2008). Creating a 'can do' culture for students in Higher Education. Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Sheffield Hallam University (£6,000).

Current Teaching Input

Teaching interests:

  • Research methods
  • Health psychology
  • Personality and individual differences
Andrew Denovan

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology

Department

Department of Psychology
Manchester Metropolitan University
Elizabeth Gaskell Campus
Hathersage Road
Manchester
M13 0JA

Email: a.denovan@mmu.ac.uk