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Dr Lisa Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

Lisa is Associate Director of the Psychology and Communication Technology (PaCT) Research Group, chair of the Psychology Department's Athena Swan team, and Fellow of the HEA.

She has been a Senior Researcher for three successive multidisciplinary EPSRC projects: IMPRINTSReelLives and DERC. IMPRINTS assessed the UK publics' intentions to engage with identity management technologies of the future. ReelLives explored the ways in which individuals could take ownership of their digital identity. DERC aimed to improve digital provisions for the volunteering community in the North East. 

Lisa completed a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2004 and went on to study for an MSc in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2006. Her doctoral thesis, completed at Northumbria University in 2011, explored perceptions of Location-Based Services, refining a theoretical model to predict intentions to use this emerging technology in various community groups.  

Lisa Thomas

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Psychology and Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • The role of technologies in life transitions
  • Student community and wellbeing
  • Parenthood
  • Self-presentation online
  • Authenticity on social media platforms

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Correction to: Exploring digital support for the student transition to university through questionable concepts (Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, (2021), 10.1007/s00779-021-01570-z), Thomas, L., Vines, J., Briggs, P. 4 Aug 2021, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Exploring digital support for the student transition to university through questionable concepts, Thomas, L., Vines, J., Briggs, P. 4 May 2021, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • The Digital Lives of Student Mothers: A Consideration of Technologies that Support or Erode the Student/Parent Boundary, Thomas, L., Talbot, C., Briggs, P. 1 Oct 2021, In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • Student Loneliness: The Role of Social Media through Life Transitions, Thomas, L., Orme, E., Kerrigan, F. 1 Mar 2020, In: Computers and Education
  • Digital Design Considerations for Volunteer Recruitment: Making the Implicit Promises of Volunteering More Explicit, Thomas, L., Pritchard, G., Briggs, P. 5 Jun 2019, The 9th International Conference on C&T - Transforming Communities, ACM
  • Technology to Mediate Role Conflict in Motherhood, Thomas, L., Sillence, E., Elsey, V., Simpson, E., Moody, L. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • A Life Story in Three Parts: The Use of Triptychs to Make Sense of Personal Digital Data, Thomas, L., Farrow, E., Aylett, M., Briggs, P. 1 Aug 2018, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Exploring Digital Remediation in Support of Personal Reflection, Thomas, L., Briggs, P., Kerrigan, F., Hart, A. 1 Feb 2018, In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • Understanding social media and identity work in young people transitioning to university, Thomas, L., Briggs, P., Hartley, A., Kerrigan, F. 1 Nov 2017, In: Computers in Human Behavior
  • Assessing the Value of Brief Automated Biographies, Thomas, L., Briggs, P. Feb 2016, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing


  • Psychology PhD December 20 2011
  • Psychology MSc June 01 2006
  • Psychology BA (Hons) June 01 2004
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

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