Research Assistant-School of Social Sciences - Psychology

City of Edinburgh (GB)
07 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages. 
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About our Team

Working on the project Test Play – Developing and testing a new computer role play programme as a research, clinical and educational tool - you will collect data from clinics and schools – in collaboration with Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Industrial Partner – using newly created, bespoke role-playing software for children
Investigators: Gnanathusharan (Thusha) Rajendran (Psychology, Heriot-Watt University), Ruth Aylett (Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University) and Helen Minnis (Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow).
The post is available for four months from 1 September 2019.

Detailed Description


  1.  Child participant testing from Adoption UK and local schools under the supervision of Dr Thusha Rajendran Prof Helen Minnis – using to be developed computer role software program, similar to kar2touche (used in Fallon et al. 2018) and Bubble Dialogue (e.g. Rajendran et al., 2005).
  2. Child participant testing including IQ (WASI-II, Wechsler, 2011) and Social Responsiveness Scale-2 (Constantino, 2012) from both children with Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED) [Adoption UK] and typically developing children [recruited from local schools]. 

References and links
Fallon, T., Alyett, R., Minnis, H., & Rajendran, G. (2018). Investigating social vulnerability in children using computer mediated role-play. Computers and Education, 125, 458-464.
Rajendran, G., Mitchell, P., & Rickards, H. (2005). How do individuals with Asperger syndrome respond to nonliteral language and inappropriate requests in computer-mediated communication? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35, 4, 429-442

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How To Apply

Please contact Thusha Rajendran for further details and expressions of interest. If you have examples of your work, please could you also provide.  0131 451 3456
Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 17 June 2019.

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