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Christina Ralph-Nearman

PhD Student, Faculty of Science

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Teaching Summary

  • May 2017 University of Nottingham 'Highly Commended' Teaching Award
  • Jan 2017

    MSc Eye-tracking Demonstrator

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    United Kingdom · Nottingham

    Taught all Psychology and Neuroscience MSc students how to use the eye-tracker, and about eye-tracking, with hands-on lectures and demonstrations

  • Oct 2016 - Jan 2017

    Demonstrator for Statistics and Experimental Design Module

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    United Kingdom · Nottingham

    (1) Taught 84+ 2nd Year Undergraduate students the entire process of developing, performing, analysing, presenting, and writing up a sentence completion task experiment (2) Analysis using SPSS and Excel (3) Marking final 3000 word reports

  • Nov 2016 - Present

    Co-Supervisor of Undergraduate Students

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    United Kingdom · Nottingham

    Co-Supervisor of a 3rd Year student on an eating disorder-related app assessment and training project for females (1) Guided student through the experimental process (2) Taught computerised programs with materials script (3) Discuss and taught student how to pre-process and analyse data

  • July 2016 - Present

    Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    Nottingham · United Kingdom (1) Collaborate on research and implementation (2) Recruit, test, and gather data on participants using eye-tracking, online survey, and physical measurements (3) Retest participants (4) Preprocess and analyse eye-tracking and other data

  • July 2016 - Present

    Co-Investigator as an affiliate at UCLA

    University of California Los Angeles ·

    Los Angeles · United States (1) Collaborate on research, assessment tools, and implementation (2) Create technology and visually-driven measures and stimuli (3) Oversee the collection of data on clinical and non-clinical participants (4) Preprocess and analyse data

  • Jan 2016

    MSc Eye-tracking Demonstrator

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    United Kingdom · Nottingham Taught over 18 MSc students how to use the eye-tracker, and about eye-tracking, with hands-on lectures and demonstrations

  • Oct 2015- April 2016

    Co-Supervisor of Undergraduate 3rd Year Student Project

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    United Kingdom · Nottingham

    Co-Supervisor of a 3rd Year Final Project Student on an eating disorder-related eye-tracking project for males (1) Experimental process guidance (2) Discuss analyses, scales, and report (3) Helped the student with materials and creating a script (4) Taught the student how to pre-process and analysing eye-tracking data (5) Marked

  • May 2015- Nov 2015

    Co-Supervisor of MSc Students

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    United Kingdom · Nottingham

    Co-Supervisor of two MSc Final Project Students - 1 - children & mothers and 2 - adults & elderly (1) Experimental process guidance (2) Taught a new technique using cognitive network diagram (3) Discuss analyses, scales, and dissertations (4) Marked

  • Jan 2015

    MSc Eye-tracking Demonstrator

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    United Kingdom · Nottingham

    Taught over 28 MSc students how to use the eye-tracker, and about eye-tracking, with hands-on lectures and demonstrations

  • Oct 2014- Apr 2015

    Co-Supervisor of Undergraduate Students

    University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

    United Kingdom · Nottingham

    Co-Supervisor two 3rd Year student eye-tracking projects (1) Guided students through the experimental process (2) Taught recruiting and computerised programs with materials script (3) Taught students how to run an eye-tracking study, pre-processing & analyses

Research Summary

I am a PhD student working with Ruth Filik at the University of Nottingham. I use a multi-method approach, such as eye-tracking, fMRI, and EEG, to produce evidence-based research. My PhD primary aim… read more

Current Research

I am a PhD student working with Ruth Filik at the University of Nottingham. I use a multi-method approach, such as eye-tracking, fMRI, and EEG, to produce evidence-based research. My PhD primary aim is to elucidate the cognitive mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of eating pathologies, to provide much needed understanding of these cognitive biases in order to enhance current literature, and also to be implemented into clinical execution through preventative strategies and eating disorder treatments. I also currently collaborate with international researchers, psychiatrists, and psychologists to create novel visually-related online app assessments related to body concern, body dysmorphic disorder, and eating disorder tendencies.

Past Research

  • 2014 I was awarded two travel grants in my first year, and was able to extend my PhD studies and interests at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where I designed and implemented an fMRI study with Dr. Cornelia Herbert at the Max Planck Institute, Department of Biomedical Resonance Imaging, and Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.
  • 2013 I completed fMRI research for my MSc Brain Imaging and Clinical Neuropsychology dissertation pertaining to emotional neural network activation differences and language.
  • 2012 I worked for Dr. Roger Light of UCLA as his Neuropsychologically Based Cognitive Rehab Specialist Aid. There, I developed an eight-week executive functioning behavioral problem solving individual cognitive intervention program, which is now effectively applied to Dr. Light's Traumatic Brain Injury patients who are deficient in emotional self-regulation, clear thinking, and/or problem solving.
  • I have also studied the effects of the economic crisis on mothers' perception and intensive mothering expectation, which I presented at CAPS International Conference. See some of my presentations below.

PRESENTATIONS

National and International Conferences and Talks

Wiebking, C., Ralph-Nearman, C., Herbert, C. (2017, August). Disentangling neural activity in the insula when processing emotional vs. body-realted words: An fMRI study. 13th International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Ralph-Nearman, C., Arevian, A., Khalsa, S., & Feusner, J. (2017, June). Introducing Somatomap: A cross-platform mobile application for assessment of interoceptive, affective, and appearance based concerns. International Conference on Eating Disorders, ICED 2017, Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic.

Ralph-Nearman, C. & Filik, R. (2017, June). Introducing the new male body scale and male fit body scale as measures of the ideal body related to eating disorder tendencies. International Conference on Eating Disorders, ICED 2017, Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic.

Filik, R., Howman, H., Ralph-Nearman, C., & Giora, R. (2017, January). The role of defaultness and personality factors in sarcasm comprehension: Evidence from eye-tracking during reading. Experimental Psychology Society, EPS2017LONDON, University of Central London, London, England.

Filik, R., Turcan, A., Ralph-Nearman, C., & Pitiot, A. (2016, September). Examining the neural correlates of irony and sarcasm An fMRI study. Figurative Language Workshop, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England.

Ralph-Nearman, C., & Filik, R. (2016, June). Investigating Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying Eating Disorder Tendencies Using Eye-tracking. Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, London, England.

Ralph-Nearman, C., & Filik, R. (2016, May). Using eye-tracking to investigate the cognitive mechanisms underlying eating disorder tendencies. International Conference on Eating Disorders, ICED 2016, San Francisco, California, United States.

Ralph-Nearman, C., & Filik, R. (2016, January). Implicit expectations about character behaviour predict eating disorder tendencies: Evidence from eye movements during reading. Experimental Psychology Society, EPS2016LONDON, University of Central London, London, England

Ralph-Nearman, C., & Filik, R. (2015, August). The relationship between implicit expectations about character behaviour and eating disorder tendencies in normal populations: Evidence from eye movements during reading. ECEM 2015 XVIII. European Conference on Eye Movements, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Ralph-Nearman, C., & Filik, R. (2015, April). The relationship between implicit expectations about character behaviour and eating disorder tendencies in females in normal populations: Evidence from eye movements during reading. University of Nottingham PG Research Conference, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Ralph-Nearman, C., & Filik, R. (2015, March). The relationship between implicit expectations about character behaviour and eating disorder tendencies: Evidence from eye movements during reading. 28th CUNY International Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

Ralph-Nearman, C., & Filik, R. (2014, September). The relationship between implicit expectations about character behaviour and eating disorder tendencies: Evidence from eye movements during reading. AMLaP 2014 International Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

Filik, R., Turcan, A., Ralph-Nearman, C., & Pitiot, A. (2014, September). Examining the neural correlates of irony and sarcasm An fMRI study. AMLaP 2014 International Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

Cunion, A.L., Goudy, T., Desrosiers, D., Ralph­Nearman, C., Lapp, J., & Keith, E. (2010, April). The effects of the economic crisis on mothers' Perceptions of intensive mothering expectations. CAPS International Conference, Kansas City, Missouri

Invited Addresses, Workshops, Seminars

Ralph-Nearman, C. A. (2013, November). Sustainability and Focus. Invited as a keynote speaker, for staff and leaders at the Jericho Road Project. Nottingham, England

Ralph-Nearman, C. A., Nearman, S. L., & Stewart, T. (2010, October). Looking Through Broken Mirrors: A Discussion on Body Image and Eating Disorders. Invited forum presented, as a keynote speaker, for the University of Missouri Greek Society, sponsored by Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Delta women. Columbia, Missouri

Stewart, T., Ralph-Nearman, Nearman, C. A., & Nearman, S. L. (2010, August). How Do I Look? Redefining Body Image Conference for men and women of all ages. Invited weekend forum of several presentations, as a keynote speaker, for counselors, teachers, youth worker, then parents, family, and professionals, and lastly for youth and college students, for the Normal/Bloomingdale community. Normal, Illinois

Morill, C., & Ralph-Nearman, C. A. (2009, November). Secured in Love: Becoming Rooted in God's Reality. A keynote speaker for an all-day workshop for women focused on negative belief systems and identity. Long Beach, California

Radio Interviews

Mintle, L., Ph. D. & Ralph-Nearman, C. A. (2008). Body Image: Why We Dread Looking In The Mirror. KLOVE: Positive & Encouraging national radio program interview: Eating Disorders and the Media Influence. National Radio

Ralph-Nearman, C. A. (2007). Challenges and Struggles in the Fashion Industry. KLOVE: Positive & Encouraging national radio program interview: Struggles Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Industry and Support. National Radio

Future Research

I am also interested in the physiological response of emotion, body awareness and perception, individual differences, and Theory of Mind, and how these are related to pathologies, as well as the emotional impact and socio-emotional effects of language, utilising more implicit measures, such as fMRI, eye-tracking and EEG in my research.

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