Staff profile

Dr Ruth Sims

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Ergonomics


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



In my previous role I worked on a succession of projects including:

I have considerable experience of data collection trials (design, recruitment, implementation, data input and analysis) as well as literature review, interview and questionnaire development, implementation, data input and analysis, particularly with older/disabled people and design professionals. I have significant experience of working in a consortium and in teams globally, presenting findings to industry, the public and academia both throughout the UK and also in India and Brazil. I have developed materials and taught aspects of psychology to industrial design students, inclusive design to design students and ergonomics students, and research methods to postgraduate students. I have been an invited keynote speaker at ErgoDesign 2012 held in Natal, Brazil.

I am now focusing on the psychological aspects of my interests and on my teaching. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and am a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist. I sit on three committees for the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Teaching responsibilities

Module leader on:

I also teach Level 4 Developmental Psychology and Qualitative Psychology, and MSc Behaviour Change modules. I supervise MSc Ergonomics (online) Independent Studies projects, and MSc Psychology, MSc Psychology (Dip exit) and BSc Psychology (all online) projects.

I have previously been Programme Leader for the MSc Ergonomics (online) programme and am currently module leader for the Level 4 Introduction to Social and Cognitive Psychology module run in Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki).

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Other qualifications

Recent conferences

On the organising committee of UCD (User Centred Design) conference 2012-2015.

On the organising committee of Ergonomics and Human Factors, the annual conference for the CIEHF, 2014-to date. On the editorial board for the Proceedings of the conference 2016-to date.

Experience in industry

Additional interests and activities

Recent publications

Journal papers

Peer-reviewed conference papers