Research Team


Our international research team is led by Robert KlassenProfessor and Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre at the University of York, UK. Professor Klassen’s research interest is in building an understanding of the non-cognitive attributes, especially motivation, of teachers and trainee teachers. His current work in the UK (2012-) has focused on the development and pilot of the Teacher Selection Tool.

Lisa Kim is an ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of York. Lisa has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney in Australia and her research interest focuses on how teacher and student personality predict student educational outcomes. 

Liz Maxwell joined the research team in October 2016 as Project Co-Ordinator, supporting the 5-year ERC-funded teacher selection project. Liz has over twenty years' experience working in schools and teacher education around the globe including The UK, Australia, Hong Kong and The United Arab Emirates. 

Mark Davies joined the research team in October, 2017 as the Project Animator to develop the video SJTs. Previously Mark worked as a 3D animator at Crytek UK and Wales Interactive. He also lectured part-time on a computer animation course at the University of South Wales. His most recent position was with Futurium as a 3D artist and then as a 3D generalist and graphic designer.

Tracy Durksen (University of New South Wales, Australia), is a collaborator who is currently working with educational experts in Australia helping to develop the use of SJTs for teacher development

Our SJT project collaborations also include other researchers from the following universities:

  • University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • Liverpool Hope University (England)
  • Stranmillis University College (Northern Ireland)
  • Strathclyde University (Scotland)
  • Sultan Qaboos University (Oman) 
  • Teach First (England)
  • Ministry of Education and Science (Lithuania)
  • Ministry of Education and Science (Malawi)
  • The University of New South Wales (Australia) 
  • University of North Carolina (North America)
  • York St John University (England)

Contact details for Rob Klassen

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