Dawn Albertson

Personal statement

Dawn is the Subject Leader for Psychology, overseeing an international staff delivering the BSc (Hons) Psychology, (Hons) Forensic Psychology, and combined programmes.

As a Psychology undergraduate, Dawn conducted research in a psychopharmacology lab and went on to pursue a Cellular and Clinical Neurobiology PhD, studying illicit drug-induced gene expression alterations in human post-mortem brain. She was delighted to join the Psychology Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato and, during that time, developed a passion for outreach and community engagement. She developed and was Director for the Brain Awareness Community Engagement Programme, served on the American Psychological Association’s Bringing Psychology to the Community Task Force, and was the host and producer for Psychological Frontiers: Exploring Human Behaviour, a radio show for bringing psychological science to the public. Ultimately leaving as a tenured Associate Professor, she spent 11 years there during which time she was Director of the Psychology Honours programme, developed a new interdisciplinary Cognitive Science programme, was a designated International Site Visit Delegate, and established the university-wide Undergraduate Research Centre to support both students and staff in these collaborations. For her efforts, she was honoured to be designated a Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellow and was named Professor of the Year, as well as receiving the Distinguished Advisor Award.

She left the US to join the Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London where she developed, and was Leader for, the Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health MSc. Dawn was Module Lead for Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health and contributed content for Psychology and Neuroscience of Addiction, Psychosis, Neuroscience in Society, Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience, and Research Skills. She was awarded an Arts in Mind Education Grant, working with an artist collaborator to develop a virtual gallery with content-related interaction woven into her MSc programme as a way to use art to enhance the educational experience in science.

Moving to the South West, she joined the University of Bath heading their Curriculum Development Office and leading their university-wide Curriculum Transformation, a review and redesign of every undergraduate and postgraduate taught programme on campus. During that time, she worked to manifest the Education Strategy, overseeing curricular work streams on successful transition to university, inclusion, decolonizing/internationalizing, and embedding the UN Sustainability Goals.

She currently pens a monthly research highlights column with colleagues called Kaleidoscope for the British Journal of Psychiatry and presents Kaleidoscope Live!, a research-focused mental healthcare programme for Maudsley Learning. However, her interests are vast and include teaching and learning, higher education management, science communication, and widening university participation to systemically marginalized groups.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology - Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI, USA)
  • BSc Psychology - California State University San Marcos (San Diego, CA, USA).

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • Senior Fellow, Advance HE (SFHEA)
  • Fellow, Institute for the Scholarship of Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (iSALT).

Other external roles

  • Consulting Editor (International), Teaching of Psychology, Sage Publications
  • Programme Consultant & External Examiner, BA Arts, University of Limerick, 2019-current
  • Doctoral Supervisor, International Centre for Higher Education Management, School of Management, University of Bath, 2019-present
  • Chair, International Relations Committee, American Psychological Association (APA) Division 2, Society for the Teaching of Psychology (term commencing January 2021).

Teaching specialisms

  • Introduction to Psychological Science
  • Biological Psychology
  • Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology.

Representative scholarship

Invited addresses

  • Albertson, D. N. (2018). A Strategic Approach to Transforming the Curriculum. Invited International Address at the National Science Foundation’s STEM Education 2026: Workshop on Assessment, Evaluation, & Accreditation.  (MN, USA).
  • Albertson, D. N.  (2009).  Addiction and the Brain.  Keynote address given at the Science of Addiction conference (MN, USA).

Invited consultations

  • Institution-wide Curriculum Transformation, University of the West of England, 2019.
  • Quality Education Delivered at Scale, John Cabot Academy, Bristol, 2018.
  • Leading Postgraduate Distance Learning Programmes, Manchester Metropolitan University School of Business and Law, 2017.

Textbook contributions

  • Albertson, D. N. (2016). Instructor’s manual and supporting resources, Hormones and Behaviour chapter. NOBA Project – an open source psychology textbook (nobaproject.com).
  • Consultant Contributor, Worth Publishers, Scientific American: Psychology 2nd Ed. text, 2016 - built upon my previous work in the 1st edition, created all new infographics for the upcoming edition.
  • Consultant Contributor, Worth Publishers, Scientific American: Psychology text, 2012-2013 - dictated and approved all anatomical art for the book, created all multi-concept infographics and figures for 10 chapters.
  • Advisory Board Member, Annual Editions: Drugs, Society and Behaviour, McGraw Hill, 2007/2008, 2009/2010, 2011/2012, 2013/2014.

Conference presentations

  • University of Bath Student Engagement Ambassadors, Curriculum Development Team, and Student Engagement Team. (2019). SEApower: Navigating Student Engagement in Curriculum Transformation. Poster presented at the Raising, Advancing, and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Special Interest Group on Student Partnership Meeting, University of Westminster. (London, UK).
  • Albertson, D. N., Tracy, D. J., & Dyer, K. (2017). Surveys in Postgraduate Distance Learning as Potential Fertile Ground for the Often Elusive Interpersonal Connection. Poster presented at the Higher Education Academy Surveys conference (Manchester, UK).
  • McKenzie, S., Dyer, K., & Albertson, D. N. (2017). Bringing the Study of the Mind Online. Symposium presented at Unlocking the Future of Higher Education conference (London, UK).
  • Albertson, D. N. (2015). The Addition of Psychological Science on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): Potential Impact and Responses. Roundtable discussion led at the Stanford Psychology One Conference (Stanford University; Palo Alto, CA, USA).
  • Lassonde, K. and Albertson, D. N. (2015). The Classroom and Beyond: Diversifying our Definition of Undergraduate Research to Include Classroom, Campus and Community. Session lead at Faculty and Administrator Network portion of the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (Eastern Washington University; Spokane, WA, USA).
  • Blackhurst, A., Hart, M., & Albertson, D. N. (2010). Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research: Bottom Up, Top Down and Inside Out. Paper and workshop presentation given at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) conference’s Creativity, Inquiry and Discovery: Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines conference hosted by Duke University, NC, USA.
  • Albertson, D. N., Stark, E. N., and Sachau, D. (2010). Psychological Frontiers: The Radio Show Bringing Psychological Science to the Community”. Poster presented at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Session at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Stark, E. N. and Albertson, D. N. (2009). Examining attitudes toward alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use: How experience with a drug influences attitude base and attitude content. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Tampa Bay, FL, USA.
  • Albertson, D. N. (2008). Brain Awareness Week: MacGuyver Style. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference, Washington, DC.
  • Albertson, D. N. (2007). Physiological Psychology Laboratory Curriculum: Experiential Learning for Translation into either Graduate School or Employment. Poster presented at the annual National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology conference, St. Petersburg Beach, FL, USA.
  • Albertson, D. N. (2007). Designing a New Physiological Psychology Laboratory Course. Oral presentation at the Minnesota State University, Mankato “Talking About Teaching and Learning: Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Our Students” conference (MN, USA).
  • Albertson, D. N., Schmidt, C. J., Kapatos, G. & Bannon, M. J. (2005). Comparison of Gene Expression Profiles from the Nucleus Accumbens of Human Cocaine and Heroin Abusers. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference, Washington, D. C, USA.
  • Albertson, D. N., Schmidt, C. J., Kapatos, G., & Bannon, M. J. (2004). Heroin abuse-related alterations in the human nucleus accumbens transcriptome. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Albertson, D. N., Pruetz, B., Schmidt, C. J., Kuhn, D. M., Kapatos, G., & Bannon, M. J. (2003). Decreased expression of myelin-related genes in human cocaine abusers. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA.
  • Albertson, D. N., Kuhn, D. M., Kapatos, G., & Bannon, M. J. (2002). Chronic cocaine abuse alters the transcriptome of human nucleus accumbens. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference, Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Trujillo, K. A., Warmoth, K. P., Peterson, D. J., Albertson, D. N., Watorski, K., & Swadley-Lewellen, R. M. (2001). NMDA receptor antagonist inhibits the development of tolerance and sensitization to the locomotor effects of opiates. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Trujillo, K. A., Warmoth, K. P., Peterson, D. J., Albertson, D. N., & Swadley-Lewellen, R. M. (2000). Possible role for NMDA receptors in acute locomotor effects of opiates. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA.
  • Trujillo, K. A., Warmoth, K. P., Peterson, D. J., Albertson, D. N., & Swadley-Lewellen, R. M. (2000). NMDA receptor blockade mimics tolerance to the locomotor effects of morphine. Poster presented at the annual International Narcotics Research Conference, Seattle, WA, USA.

Scholarship with Undergraduates

  • Becker, A. L. and Mailhot, E. K. (2015). An investigation into the impact of science communication and cognitive strain on attitudes towards climate change. Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Vol. 15, Article 4. (Mentored undergraduate publication)
  • Mailhot, E. K. and Albertson, D. N. (2015). Compatibility of science and religion: an investigation into possible factors influencing interest in science. Poster presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (Eastern Washington University; Spokane, WA).
  • Mailhot, E. K., Becker, A. L., & Albertson, D. N. (2015). An investigation into the impact of science communication and cognitive strain on attitudes toward climate change. Poster presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (Eastern Washington University; Spokane, WA).
  • Endersbe, R. and Albertson, D. N. (2015). Correlation does not equal causation: The misinterpretation of saccadic abnormalities for alcohol intoxication. Paper presented at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Boyd, S., Albertson, D. N., and Bates, R. (2014). Segmental overlay of the algorithms of the brain: A computational model of the visual system. Poster presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (Univ. of Kentucky) and the Midwestern Psychological Association conference (Chicago, IL).
  • Shaw, E. and Albertson, D. N. (2014). Evaluating the relationship between religious beliefs and attitudes toward science in an American college population. Paper presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (Univ. of Kentucky) and the Midwestern Psychological Association conference (Chicago, IL).
  • Shaw, E. and Albertson, D. N. (2014). An Investigation into the Level of Knowledge and Attitude Toward Science in an American College Population. Paper presented at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Ardner, B. and Albertson, D. N. (2014). Opinions and Perceptions Surrounding Cognitive Enhancer Use in a College Population. Poster presented at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Richardson, J. and Albertson, D. N. (2014). Media Impact on Science Knowledge. Paper presented at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Cardetti, C. and Albertson, D. N. (2013). Need for Higher Regulation of Off-Label Antipsychotic Prescribing in the Elderly. Paper presented at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Lang, B. (2011). A Comparison of Risk-Taking Measures. Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Vol. 11, Article 3. (Mentored undergraduate publication)
  • Lang, B. and Albertson, D. N. (2011). A Psychometric Comparison of Risk-Taking Measures. Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (Chicago, IL).
  • Timm, N. and Albertson, D. N. (2010). More than a guy thing? Going beyond gender to investigate the influence of sex roles on alcohol attitudes and consumption. Paper presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Missoula, MT and the Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago, IL.
  • Appel, J. C., Stark, E. N. and Albertson, D. N. (2009). Do they hear you now? Effectiveness of a mass media campaign on a college campus. Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago, IL.
  • Murphy, C., Polzin, D. and Albertson, D. N. (2009). Completing the Triangle: Alcohol Attitudes and Risk-Taking Behaviour. Midwestern Psychological Association conference (Chicago, IL).
  • Grubbs, L. E. & Albertson, D. N. (2008). Individual Experiences and Subjective Effects of Salvia Divinorum among Recreational Users. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (Chicago, IL).
  • Salonek, E., Albertson, D. N., & Stark, E. (2008). Understanding Attitudes towards Drug Use. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (Chicago, IL).
  • Appel, J. C., Albertson, D. N., Stark, E. (2008). Attitudes, Feelings, and Thoughts: Burning Questions About Nicotine Use Among College Populations. Paper presented at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Conference.
    Hanson, R. D. & Albertson, D. N. (2008). Personality and Attitude Measures: The Differences between Marijuana Users, Psychedelic Users, and Abstainers. Paper presented at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Pyka, M. A., Grubbs, L. E., Page, J. W. & Albertson, D. N. (2007). Attempting the Impossible: The Quantification of Pain. Poster presented at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Conference.

 

Research and academic outputs

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Annual editions: biological psychology. 6th ed
book

Jubilan, M.B and Albertson, D.N, eds. (2008) Annual editions: biological psychology. 6th ed. McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA. ISBN 9780073397788


Producing a radio show about psychological science
article

Stark, E, Sachau, D and Albertson, D.N (2012) 'Producing a radio show about psychological science.' Teaching of Psychology, 39 (1). pp. 42-44. ISSN 0098-6283


Subjective effects of 'Salvia Divinorum': LSD- or Marijuana-like?
article

Albertson, D.N and Grubbs, L.E (2009) 'Subjective effects of 'Salvia Divinorum': LSD- or Marijuana-like?' Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 41 (3). pp. 213-217. ISSN 0279-1072


Distinctive profiles of gene expression in the human nucleus accumbens associated with cocaine and heroin abuse
article

Albertson, D.N, Schmidt, C.J, Kapatos, G and Bannon, M.J (2006) 'Distinctive profiles of gene expression in the human nucleus accumbens associated with cocaine and heroin abuse.' Neuropsychopharmacology, 31 (10). pp. 2304-2312. ISSN 0893-133X


Gene expression profiling in the brains of human cocaine abusers
article

Bannon, M, Kapatos, G and Albertson, D.N (2005) 'Gene expression profiling in the brains of human cocaine abusers.' Addiction Biology, 10 (1). pp. 119-126. ISSN 1355-6215


Gene expression profile of the nucleus accumbens of human cocaine abusers: evidence for dysregulation of myelin
article

Albertson, D.N, Pruetz, B, Schmidt, C.J, Kuhn, D.M, Kapatos, G and Bannon, M.J (2004) 'Gene expression profile of the nucleus accumbens of human cocaine abusers: evidence for dysregulation of myelin.' Journal of Neurochemistry, 88 (5). pp. 1211-1219. ISSN 0022-3042


Psychological frontiers: exploring human behavior [host, producer, writer]
audio

Albertson, D.N (2016) Psychological frontiers: exploring human behavior [host, producer, writer].


Kaleidoscope: January - ongoing [multiple entries]
other

Tracy, D.K, Joyce, D.W, Albertson, D.N and Shergill, S.S (2020) Kaleidoscope: January - ongoing [multiple entries]. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 216 (1-12). ISSN 0007-1250


Kaleidoscope: July - December [6 entries]
other

Tracy, D.K, Joyce, D.W, Albertson, D.N and Shergill, S.S (2019) Kaleidoscope: July - December [6 entries]. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 215 (1-6). ISSN 0007-1250


Antipsychotic effectiveness: the numbers don’t lie, check the scoreboard [blog post]
other

Albertson, D.N, Du Preez, A, Kepa, A and Tracy D, D.K (2018) Antipsychotic effectiveness: the numbers don’t lie, check the scoreboard [blog post]. National Elf Service.


Review of Martin Lindstrom, Buyology [book review]
other

Albertson, D.N (2010) Review of Martin Lindstrom, Buyology [book review]. AJOB Neuroscience, 1 (1). pp. 73-74. ISSN 2150-7740


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