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Paul Van Schaik

Paul Van Schaik

About Paul Van Schaik

Professor Paul van Schaik was previously a Research Officer and Postdoctoral Research Officer at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and a Senior Research Officer at the University of Hertfordshire. He became a Senior Lecturer, and then Reader, at Teesside University in the Psychology subject group, where he is currently Professor of Psychology. 

Paul van Schaik's research interests include psychology of human-computer interaction; behavioural information security and information privacy; applied cognitive psychology; e-health and e-health literacy; digital-based exercise (exergaming); technology acceptance; psychology and virtual reality; decision-making; testing models of human behaviour. 

Professor van Schaik welcomes applications from potential PhD candidates in the following broad areas:

> human-computer interaction 
> behavioural information security and information privacy 
> applied cognitive psychology 
> e-health and e-health literacy 
> modelling in applied and basic psychology research
> measurement in applied and basic psychology 
> applications of psychology in other domains


More about Professor Paul van Schaik

Research interests and activities

> Human-computer interaction 
> Behavioural information security/cybersecurity 
> Behavioural online information privacy 
> Judgement and decision-making
> Modelling human behaviour
> User interface design and evaluation 
> Online health behaviour

Research projects & external funding

Project grants include:

‘Promoting inclusiveness by enhancing web usability for older adults’ with Dr Jonathan Ling and Dr Elaine Pearson, funded by Codeworks.

‘Computer games and older adults’ with Dr Clive Fencott, funded by Codeworks.

‘Virtual-reality augmented exercise’ with Dr Clive Fencott and Dr Iain Spears,funded by Codeworks.

‘Improving people's protective decision-making’ with Professor Peter Ayton,City University and Professor Nick Chater, University College London, funded by ESRC. 

‘Using virtual environments to find dementia-friendly designs for public spaces’ with Professor Tim Blackman, funded by The Health Foundation.

‘A program for sex education’ with Dr Anna van Wersch, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

‘An educational program for scoliosis with Dr Anna van Wersch, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. 

‘The cultural validation of online psychometric scales’ funded by the British Academy. 

‘The usability of a student-portal for employability opportunities’, funded by OFFA.

‘Authoring Tools for Immersive Lighting Experiences', funded by Innovate UK.

‘A behavioural study of online healthcare-provider choice’, funded by the British Academy.

PhD and research opportunities

> Human-computer interaction 
> Behavioural information security/cybersecurity 
> Behavioural online information privacy 
> Judgement and decision-making
> Modelling human behaviour
> User interface design and evaluation 
> Online health behaviour

External roles and professional activities

Journal Editor

International journal of Human-Computer Studies – Associate Editor

Interacting with Computers – Human Sciences Special Editorial Board

Behaviour and Information Technology – Associate Editor

Frontiers in Cognition– Review Editor

External research collaborations

Professor Petko Kusev, Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield

Learning and teaching interests

> Research design and data analysis
> Human-computer interaction
> Behavioural information security/cybersecurity 
> Behavioural online information privacy 
> Judgement and decision-making

Enterprise interest and activities

Enterprise interests include: 

> Human-computer interaction 
> Behavioural information security/cybersecurity 
> Behavioural online information privacy 
> Judgement and decision-making
> Modelling human behaviour
> User interface design and evaluation 
> Online health behaviour

Publications

Selected publications

Schaik P. van, Jeske D., Onibokun J., Coventry L., Jansen J. & Kusev P. (2017). ‘Risk perceptions of cyber-security and precautionary behaviour’. Computers in Human Behavior, 75,547-559. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.05.038

Tuch, A., Schaik, P. van & Hornbæk, K. (2016). ‘Leisure and work, good and bad: the role of activity domain and valence in modeling user experience’. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 23(6), Article 35. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2994147

Aranyi, G. & Schaik, P. van (2016). ‘Testing a model of user-experience with news websites’. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67(7), 1555-1575. DOI: 10.1002/asi.23462

Schaik, P. van & Weston, M. (2016). ‘Magnitude-based inference and its application in user research’. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 88, 38-50. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2016.01.002

Schaik, P. van, Muzahir, R.H. & Lockyer, M. (2015). ‘Automated Computational Cognitive-Modeling: Goal-Specific Analysis for Large Websites’. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 22(3), Article 14. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2746234

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In the news

  • Teesside University (via Public) / Animal abuse campaign brings MP and academics together
    Public (Web) 14/02/2017:Gazette Live (Web)15/02/2017:Evening Gazette (Teesside) 16/02/2017
    Teesside University researchers who link animal abuse and domestic violence met MP Anna Turley who is campaigning for tougher animal cruelty sentences.Professor Paul van Schaik, worked on the research


  • Teesside University -Animal abuse campaign brings MP and academics together
    4 Traders (web), 10/2/2017
    The University team's research looked at Eastern European communities, particularly those where animal abuse is endemic and socially acceptable.


  • MP meets University researchers
    Zetland FM, 13/01/2017
    Report of Redcar MP Anna Turley meeting with Teesside University animal abuse researchers


  • Animal Abuse Research Citied in Parliament
    Ad Hoc news, 07/11/2016; FinanzNachrichten.de, 07/11/2016; PR Newswire, 07/11/2016; Northern Echo, 08/11/2016; Northern Echo web, 08/11/2016; North East Connected, 08/11/2016; Guardian.com, 08/11/2016; Gazette Live, 08/11/2016; A-N web, 02/12/2016
    Researchers at Teesside University have uncovered links between animal abuse and domestic violence in a study which is the first of its kind in Europe.


  • New research shows benefits of `lighting-track' for video
    Tech & Learning UK (Web); 29/08/16
    A new research study at Teesside University has shown that different background colours, when used whilst viewing video content, can influence moods and change the way we experience films or media.