Dr Paul McGivern

I completed my undergraduate Psychology BSc studies here at York St John University. I then completed my Masters (MRes) and PhD studies at Derby University before commencing in my role in the School of Education back here at York St John University.

Further Information


I have cross-discipline teaching experience in both Psychology and Education at undergraduate level and also have experience in the supervision of undergraduate dissertation students.


My research interests surround gambling, and the use of technology to develop responsible gambling devices. More broadly my interests surround the use of personalised technologies and how they can be used in educational settings to improve teaching and learning, and how new technologies can be used pro-actively in the health and educational sectors.


McGivern, P. (February, 2016). Examining the Impact and Potential of an Interactive Risk Meter as a Responsible Gambling Device in Electronic Roulette. New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

McGivern, P., & Coxon, M. (2015). Student polling software: where cognitive psychology meets educational practice? Frontiers in Psychology, 6. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00055

McGivern, P. (May, 2015). Tailored Onscreen ‘Pop-up’ Warning Messages of Specific Loss Amounts Reduce Expenditure in Online Roulette. British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2015, Liverpool, UK.

McGivern, P. (January, 2015). Ethical and Practical Considerations of Online Gambling Research: Aligning Policy and Scientific Enquiry. New Horizons 2015 Postgraduate Research Conference, Derby, UK.

McGivern, P. (September, 2014). Context-Specific ‘Pop-Up’ Warnings Reduce Gambling Expenditure in Online Roulette. East Midlands Universities Research Student Conference, Leicester, UK.

McGivern, P. (January, 2014). The Use of Onscreen Warning Messages to Reduce Risk in Online Roulette: Current Outlook and Future Directions. New Horizons Postgraduate Research Conference, Derby, UK.

McGivern, P. and N. Noret. (2011), ‘Online Social Networking and E-Safety: Analysis of Risk-Taking Behaviours and Negative Online Experiences Among Adolescents’, Reinvention: a Journal of Undergraduate Research, British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2011 Special Issue.

McGivern, P., Noret, N. (May 2011). The Relationship Between Online Social Networking and E-Safety: An Exploratory Study. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Glasgow UK.

McGivern, P. (April, 2011). Online Social Networking and E-Safety. University of Central Lancaster, British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), Lancaster, UK.

McGivern, P. & Noret, N (July, 2010). The Prevalence and Nature of Negative Experiences Online. Cyberpsychology and Computer Psychology Conference, University of Bolton, UK.

Professional Activities

I collaborated on the City of York Stand Up for Us project for two consecutive years, which was focused on improving wellbeing across primary and secondary schools in North Yorkshire. I also currently occupy the Quality Assurance role on the Real Writing Project in association with North Star Alliance, Polaris Teaching Alliance, and the Dept. for Education.

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