I am a lecturer in Psychology at Ulster University. I lead the ‘Psychotraumatology, mental health and suicidal behaviour’ research group within the Psychology research institute (see here). I am also the director of the Northern Ireland Veterans Health and Well-being study (NIVHWS). This study will assess the services and supports currently available to military veterans in Northern Ireland and make recommendations on how this can be optimised. In conjunction, the NIVHWS team are developing a large scale survey which will specifically investigate the psychological well-being of veterans living in Northern Ireland. We are also about to commence a new cross-country initiative (UK, Ireland, Denmark) funded through Horizon 2020 in which we will train 12 PhD researchers on the psychological effects of exposure to traumatic life events (see here).
Currently I supervise a number of PhD students who are working on projects that fit within the theme of our research group. Students are working on projects assessing the nosology of PTSD, intimate partner violence, childhood maltreatment, male victimisation and psychopathology, and the psychological well-being of veterans (see here).
Recently I took up the position of president elect for the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS) and I have been an associate editor for the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) for a number of years.
Location: Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Current Gig: Lecturer in Psychology, Ulster University; Director of the Northern Ireland Veterans Health and Wellbeing Study; President Elect of the UK Psychological Trauma Society.
One word/phrase that describes your work style: Dedicated
Current computer/mobile device: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 / iPhone 6
What apps/tools/software can you not live without?
Office, Gmail, Google calendar, Dropbox, WhatsApp, SPSS, Mplus, Skype
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
Catching up on emails in the evenings.
What’s your workspace set up like?
Sometimes messy, sometimes organised! I wish I had a window view of the sea but unfortunately not.
How do you keep track of things you need to do (any to-do-list apps)?
I pretty much just memorise a ‘to do’ list! Now and again I will write one out and then score through things as I finish them. If it’s a particularly busy time and I’ve a lot going on, I create sections for different tasks related to research (grants & publications), teaching (lectures, marking & teaching admin), and administration roles. I also like to put deadlines in my Gmail calendar.
Besides your phone or computer, what gadget can’t you live without, and why?
Hair straighteners. Why? I think this is self-explanatory.
What everyday thing can you do better than most people? What’s your secret?
I can work on my laptop anywhere at any time and be completely focused on what I am doing regardless of what’s going on around me. In general, I don’t think I do anything better than most people (that’s a lot of people!) but I am good at balancing all of my different responsibilities related to my work and family.
What do you listen to while you work?
Depends on the situation. In the office I don’t listen to anything as I’m generally on my own. At home it could be kids playing or Netflix (right now I’m also watching Suits)!
What are you currently reading?
Grant calls, grant applications, journal articles, and a PhD thesis.
How do you recharge?
I recharge by doing family activities such as going out for food, walking, day trips, picnics, and golf. I am also a big fan of going to the cinema and watching Netflix shows. I just finished watching House of Cards (which was brilliant!).
How do you balance your work life and your home/family life?
I maximise every opportunity to keep on top of work and make sure that family time is quality time (not just quantity time).
What’s your sleep routine like?
In an ideal world I sleep from 10pm to 7.30am but realistically I go to sleep anywhere between 10pm and midnight and I wake up between 6.30 and 7.30am. On a Sunday morning I have a lie in until 8 / 8.30am.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
It wasn’t a single piece of advice rather I was brought up in a family with a very strong work ethic and so I firmly believe that if you want to succeed at anything you have to work for it. The harder you work the more likely you are to succeed.
Personal Website: sites.google.com/site/drarmour2010/
NIVHWS Website: http://www.science.ulster.ac.uk/psychology/vhws/