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Suffolk Psychology & Sociology Virtual Conference 2020

Dr Louise Wright

Adolescent risk behaviour

Teenagers engage in more risk behaviours, things like binge drinking, vandalism, or sexting, than any other age group. Whilst there are lessons to be learnt from making mistakes, many risk behaviours can be harmful and/or have long-term consequences such as unplanned pregnancy, a criminal record or a life-altering injury. This session will explore why adolescents engage in risk behaviour, as well as how levels of risk behaviour may be reduced.


Dr Louise Wright is a lecturer in Psychology at West Suffolk College. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Essex and graduated in 2012. Following this she worked as a research assistant and then an assistant psychologist before returning to the University of Essex to begin doctoral studies in 2015. Earlier this year Louise successfully completed her PhD in Applied Psychology, which focused upon the evaluation of a school-based intervention to reduce risk in adolescents.

Alison Taylor

What is Self-compassion and why is it so hard to be kind to ourselves?

How to overcome these issues and why that is important. The talk appraises some of the recent research into the benefits of Self-compassion with some practical ways that we can be kinder to ourselves.


Alison Taylor is a PhD candidate at the University of Suffolk and a Research Supervisor at the University of East London. Her academic specialism is Psychology.

Sam Bragoli-Jones

Coaching from the pitch to the Classroom

I share my knowledge in using the psychology of both coaching and teaching to enhance the learning environment for my players and students.


Sam Bragoli-Jones is a graduate of Sports Science from the University of Bath. He is a rugby coach and teacher with a passion for enhancing the learning experience.

Dr Robin Herne

Taking Offence

A view of social interaction, fostering grievances, and the mediating power of cyberspace.


Robin Herne is the Course Director for the Religious Studies and Ethics route at West Suffolk College (University of Suffolk), and a contributing member of both the Psychology and History lecturing teams. Robin has achieved a Master of Arts with Honours in Psychology at Dundee University, a Certificate of Education, and a L5 specialism in adult literacy and numeracy.