Dr Daniel Zahra
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Dr Daniel Zahra

Lecturer in Assessment Psychometrics

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)

Qualifications

2004-2007    BSc (Honours) Psyhology, 1st Class
2007-2008    MSc Psychological Research Methods, Distinction
2008-2013     PhD "How Does Emotion Affect Reasoning?"

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Graduate Member of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology
Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society

Research interests

Current Research Interests: http://daniel-zahra.webs.com/

Grants & contracts

ESRC 1+3 funded MSc-PhD programme.


Department of Psychology pump-prime funding for a project investigating visual imagery in alcohol warnings.

Research groups

Papers

Broad, J., Matheson, M., Verrall, F., Taylor, A.K., Zahra, D., Alldridge, L., & Feder, G. (2018) Discrimination, harassment and non-reporting in UK undergraduate medical education. Medical Education. 52(4) 414-426. 

Ali, K., Zahra, D., McIlwaine, C., Jones, G., & Tredwin, C. (2018) Use of Progress testing in Dental Therapy and Hygiene Education. Journal of Dental Education. 82(2) 130-136. 

Ali, K., Jerreat, M., Zahra, D. & Tredwin, C. (2017) Correlations between final-year dental students’ performance on knowledge-based and clinical examinations. Journal of Dental Education. 82(12) 1444-1450. 

Zahra, D., Roberts, M.J., Bryce, M., O'Brien, T., & Archer, J. (2017) Analysis of fitness to practise case data for the General Dental Council; Appendix to February 2017 report. General Dental Council (August).

Zahra, D., Roberts, M.J., Bryce, M., O'Brien, T., & Archer, J. (2017) Analysis of fitness to practise case data for the General Dental Council. General Dental Council (February). 

Burr, S.A., Zahra, D., Cookson, J., Salih, V.M., Gabe-Thomas, .E, & Robinson, I.M. (2017) Angoff anchor statements: setting a flawed gold standard?. MedEdPublish, 6(3) Paper 53. [Online]

Ali, K., Zahra, D., Coelho, C., Jones, G., & Tredwin, C. (2017) Academic Performance of Undergraduate Dental Students with Learning Disabilities. British Dental Journal. 222(3) 205-208. 

Ali, K., Zahra, D., McColl, E., Salih, V., & Tredwin, C. (2017) Impact of Early Clinical Exposure on the Learning Experiences of Undergraduate Students. European Journal of Dental Education. xx(xx) xx-xx [Online Early-Access].

Zahra, D., Robinson, I.M., Roberts, M.J., Coombes, L., Cockerill, J., & Burr, S.A (2017) Rigour in moderation processes is more important than the choice of method. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 42(7) 1159-1167.

Ali, K., Slade, A., Kay, E., Zahra, D., & Tredwin, C. (2017) Preparedness of undergraduate dental students in the United Kingdom: a national study. British Dental Journal. 222, 472-477 

Ali, K., Slade, A., Kay, L., Zahra, D., Chatterjee, A., & Tredwin, C. (2016) Application of Rasch analysis in the development and psychometric evaluation of dental undergraduates preparedness assessment scale. European Journal of Dental Education. 21(4) e135-e141 [Online Early-Access].

Ali, K., Zahra, D., & Tredwin, C. (2016) Comparison of graduate-entry and direct school leaver student performance on an applied dental knowledge test. European Journal of Dental Education. 21(4) 248-251 [Online Early-Access]. 

Zahra, D., Langsford, M., & Griffiths, T. (2016) Emotional Logic Development Profiles – Assessing the Benefits of Emotional Logic Training, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice 20(3) 141-145.

Zahra, D., Hedge, C., Pesola, F. & Burr, S. (2016) Accounting for test reliability in student progression: the reliable change index, Medical Education 50(7) 738-745. 

Archer, J., Roberts, M.J., Zahra, D., Bryce, M., & O'Brien. (2015) Analysis of fitness to practise case data for the General Dental Council. General Dental Council (September). 

Coombes, L., Roberts, M., Zahra, D. & Burr, S. (2015) Twelve tips for assessment psychometrics. Medical Teacher 38(3) 250-254 [Online

Zahra, D., Monk, R.L., & Corder, E. (2015) 'If you drink alcohol, then you will get cancer': Investigating how reasoning accuracy is affected by pictorially presented graphic alcohol warnings. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 50(5) 608-616 [Online

Roser, M.E., Aslin, R.N., McKenzie, B., Zahra, D., & Fiser, J. (2015) Enhanced visual statistical learning in adults with autism. Neuropsychology. 29(2) 163-172 

Zahra, D., Qureshi, A., Pooler, J., Henley, W., Taylor, R., & Byng, R. (2014) The Work and Social Adjustment Scale: Reliability, Sensitivity, and Value. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. 18(2) 131-138 

Hennessy, C.H., Staelens, Y., Lankshear, G., Phippen, A., Silk, A., & Zahra, D. (2014) Rural connectivity and older people’s leisure participation. In C.H. Hennessy, R. Means and V. Burholt (eds) Countryside connections: Older people, community and place in rural Britain (Ch.3, pp. 63-94). Bristol: The Policy Press

Zahra, D., Bailey, C., Hedge, C., Wyles, K., & Sanders, B.G. (2013) A Short Report on the Trait Meta-Mood Scale and the Importance of Scale Norms. Social Psychological Review 15(1) 53-64

Jones, R.B., Soler-Lopez, M., Zahra, D., Shankleman, J. & Trenchard-Mabere, E. (2013) Using online adverts to increase the uptake of cervical screening amongst ‘real Eastenders’: an opportunistic controlled trial. BMC Research Notes, 6:117

Paton, J.S, Stenhouse, E.A, Bruce, G., Zahra, D. & Jones, R.B. (2012) A comparison of customised and prefabricated insoles to reduce risk factors for neuropathic diabetic foot ulceration: a participant-blinded randomised controlled trial. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 5:31, OnlineFirst 

Zahra, D. (2013) Mood, Emotive Content, and Reasoning. PhD Thesis, University of Plymouth [Open Access

Zahra, D. (2012) Meaning and Purpose. Experimentation: Psychology, September edition 

Zahra, D. (2012) Love Psychology. Experimentation: Psychology, May edition 

Zahra, D. (2012) The Irrationality of Logic. Experimentation: Psychology, April edition 

Zahra, D. & Wyles, K. (2012) Statistics: Who needs them?. Psychology Procrastination, 1(March), 18

 Zahra, D. (2012) Do Publishers and Psychologists want the same thing?. Experimentation:  Psychology, March edition 

 Byng, R., Newbold, L., Qureshi, A., Hardy, G., Forber, S., Pooler, J., Zahra, D., Weyer-Brown, C., Taylor, R., Henley, W., Anderson, R., Sheaff, R., Bannon, J., Carter, C., Stirzaker, A., Evetts, P., Howells, L., Leese, M. & Hutton, R. (2011) The South West Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Evaluation Study, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. [SHA and NIHR funded report, available from authors]

Zahra, D. (2011) The Handbook of Jealousy: theory, research, and multidisciplinary approaches (Book Review). Social Psychological Review, 13(1), 37-39 

Zahra, D. (2011) Undergraduate student to postgraduate teacher: Reflections from both sides of the coin (Invited Editorial). The Plymouth Student Scientist, 4(2), 1-2 

Sanders, B., Zahra, D., Hedge, C. & Summerscales, J. (2011) Heavier or just colder? A new approach to perception research. Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Quarterly, 78, 4-8

Sanders, B., Chen, V., Zahra, D., Dowland, P., Atkinson, S., Papadaki, M., & Furnell, S. (2010) Online addiction: Privacy risks in online gaming environments. Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES), October 26-29, Thailand, 114-121 

Sanders, B., Dowland, P., Atkinson, S., Zahra, D., Furnell, S., & Papadaki, M. (2010) Online addiction: A cultural comparison of privacy risks in online gaming environments. Journal of Multimedia Processing Technologies, 1(3) 181-194 

Zahra, D. & Hedge, C. (2010) The reliable change index: Why isn't it more popular in academic psychology?Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Quarterly, 76, 14-19 [Download] [See also Zahra & Hedge, 2015 in press, for update to table]

Zahra, D. (2008, unpublished) Mood and syllogistic reasoning: affect as information or cognitive load? Unpublished MSc Thesis. University of Plymouth [Available from Author]

Zahra, D. (2008) Do anxiety level and anxiety-related content affect accuracy and endorsement rate on syllogistic reasoning by increasing reliance on belief-biased heuristic processing? The Plymouth Student Scientist, 1(1), 229-295

Zahra, D. (2006) Could better understanding of the links between cognition and emotion help reduce the number of students who suffer from assessment anxiety? Psych-Talk, 55(December), 13-15

Zahra, D. (2006) Could better understanding of the links between cognition and emotion help reduce the number of students who suffer from assessment anxiety? Psych-Talk, 55, 13-15

Presentations and Workshops

Ali, K., Cockerill, J., Zahra, D., & Ferguson, C. (2018) Do students on different programmes use different resources to prepare for the Progress Test?. To be presented at the EUMS-EBMA Looking Ahead in Progress Testing conference, 22nd June, Exeter, UK.

Baines, R., Grace, A., Symons, J. & Zahra, D. (2018) What is the role of Patient and Public involvement in training tomorrow's healthcare professionals?. Seminar at the Shaping Cultures: How should we train and sustain professionals to deliver 21st century healthcare, 25th January, Plymouth, UK. 

McIlwaine, C., Zahra, D., & Spowart, L. (2017) Does the Introduction of Self-Assessment in the Simulated Environment Identify Clinical Learning Needs in Undergraduate Dental Students?. Presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th November, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. 

McIlwaine, C., Zahra, D., Belfield, L. A., Brookes, Z., Collingwood, J., Potterton, R., & Zaric, S. (2017) Challenging the Conventional Curriculum: An Inter-Professional Undergraduate Dental Programme. Presented at the British Society for Oral Dental Research annual meeting, September 6th-8th, Plymouth, UK.  

Ali, K., Tredwin, C., & Zahra, D. (2017) Use of Progress Testing as a tool for Integrated Assessment and Learning in Dental Education. Presented at the ADEE annual conference, 23rd-26th August, Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Zahra, D. & Cockerill, J. (2017) Understanding Standard Setting. Workshop facilitated at the Academy of Medical Educators 'Assessment for Healthcare Educators' event, 11th July, Cardiff Medical School, UK. [Online

Cockerill, J. & Zahra, D. (2017) Developing a Robust Post-test Process. Workshop facilitated at the Academy of Medical Educators 'Assessment for Healthcare Educators' event, 11th July, Cardiff Medical School, UK. [Online]

Cockerill, J., Roberts, M.J., Gabe-Thomas, E., & Zahra, D. (2017) Exploring the use of item statistics based on negatively marked scores and dichotomised scores. Presented at the Association for the Study of Medical Education annual conference, 21st-22nd June, Exeter, UK

Zahra, D., Belfield, L., & McIlwaine, C. (2016) Exploring the Relationship Between Prior Qualifications and Dental Science Knowledge in DTH Students. Presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th October, Exeter, UK

Chatterjee, A., Burr, S., Zahra, D., & Gabe-Thomas, E. (2016) Early identification of the struggling learner using learning analytics: Opportunities and Challenges. Presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th October, Exeter, UK

Zahra, D., Monk R.L. & Corder, E. (2016) Visual conditionals and reasoning about alcohol warnings. Invited talk presented as part of the Cognition in Context seminar series, University of Wolverhampton, May 4th, Wolverhampton.

Zahra, D. & Carr, A. (2016) Introduction of progress testing to enhance applied medical knowledge acquisition in Physician Associate students. Talk presented at the 17th Ottawa Conference, March 19th-23rd, Perth, WA. 

Zahra, D. (2015) Simulation and Clinical Decision Making. Talk presented at the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA) research group, Plymouth 

Zahra, D., Qureshi, A., Pooler, J., Henley, W., Taylor, R., Weyer-Brown, C., Hardy, G., Newbold, L. & Byng, R. (2012) The Work and Social Adjustment Scale: Reliability, Sensitivity to Change, and its value as a Patient Reported Outcome Measure. Presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Research Meeting; , March 1st-2nd, Torquay

Qureshi, A., Byng, R., Newbold, A., Zahra, D., Pooler, J., Hardy, G., Forber, S., Weyer-Brown, C., Taylor, R., Henley, W., et al. (2012) Variations in access to therapy for depression and anxiety with the new Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Services. Presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Research Meeting; March 1st-2nd, Torquay 

Byng, R., Shaw, J., Weyer-Brown, C., Shenton, D., Qureshi, A., Zahra, D., & Hill, C. (2012) Need and feasibility for a trial of an intervention to support prisoners with common mental health problems. Presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Research Meeting; March 1st-2nd, Torquay 

Zahra, D., Qureshi, A., Pooler, J., Henley, W., Taylor, R., & Byng, R. (2012) The Work and Social Adjustment Scale: Reliability, Sensitivity, and its value as a Patient Reported Outcome Measure. Presented at the WPA Thematic Conference; Mental Health and Family Working Together, February 8th-11th, Grenada, Spain. 

Zahra, D. (2011) Work and Social Adjustment Scale: Reliability, Sensitivity, and Factor Structure. Draft manuscript presented for comment at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry research group, Plymouth 

Zahra, D. (2010) Syllogistic reasoning, emotive content, and a rethinking of theory. Talk presented at the 27th annual BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Cardiff

Zahra, D. (2010) Emotive content in syllogistic reasoning: Do you think or feel?, Talk presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Sheffield

Zahra, D. (2010) NO:EMOTION, Talk presented at the University of Plymouth Thinking and Reasoning Group, Plymouth

Zahra, D. (2010) [Something Interesting]: Syllogistic reasoning, emotive content, and some unexpected results. Presented at the 2nd Annual University of Plymouth Department of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth

Posters

Zahra, D. & Burr, S.A. (2017) Question Complexity and Student Performance in Single-Best-Answer Medical Knowledge MCQs. Poster presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th November, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. 

Zahra, D., Belfield, L. A., McIlwaine, C., Ali, K., Bennett, J., Jones, G., Jarreat, M., & Zaric, S. (2017) Exploring the relationships between Dental Therapy and Hygiene students’s prior qualifications, admission interviews, and performance on knowledge- and skills-based assessments. Presented at the British Society for Oral Dental Research annual meeting, September 6th-8th, Plymouth, UK

Potterton, R., Zahra, D., Witton, R., & McIlwaine, C. (2017) Comparison of Dental Therapy and Hygiene and Bachelor of Dental Surgery student assessment outcomes in an Inter-Professional Engagement module of an integrated curriculum. Poster presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th November, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.

Zahra, D., Belfield, L. A., McIlwaine, C., Ali, K., Bennett, J., & Zaric, S. (2017) Exploring the relationships between knowledge- and skills-based assessment performance in Dental Therapy and Hygiene students as a function of prior qualifications. Presented at the British Society for Oral Dental Research annual meeting, September 6th-8th, Plymouth, UK

Mcilwaine, C., Zahra, D., Brooks, Z., Zaric, S. Collingwood, J., & Belfield, L. (2017) An Inter-Professional Undergraduate Dental Curriculum. Presented at the Vice Chancellor's 15th Teaching and Learning Conference, 30th June, Plymouth, UK

Baines, R., Regan de Beer, S., Bhalla, B., Gale, T., Kelly, A., Medd, E., Moore, J. & Zahra, D. (2017) The impact of patient and public involvement in the teaching and assessment of vaginal examination skills. Presented at the 6th Annual Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), April 4th, Plymouth, UK.  

Cockerill, J., Gabe-Thomas, E., Ferguson, C., Zahra, D. & Roberts, M. (2016) A tool to help ensure coverage of the assessment blueprint in multiple choice questions. Presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th October, Exeter, UK.

Ali, K., Tredwin, C., Salih, V. & Zahra, D. (2016) Development and evolution of progress testing in undergraduate dental education. Presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th October, Exeter, UK. 

Zahra, D., Cockerill, J., Gabe-Thomas, E., Roberts, M.J. (2016) Measuring Knowledge Growth: Reliable Change and Identifying Struggling Students. Presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th October, Exeter, UK.

Ali, K., McColl, E., Salih, V., Zahra, D., & Tredwin, C. (2016) Impact of Early Clinical Exposure on the Learning Experiences of Undergraduate Students. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, August 24th-26th, Barcelona, Spain.

Ali, K., Slade, A., Kay, L., Zahra, D., Chatterjee, A., & Tredwin, C. (2016) Development and Psychometric Evaluation of Dental Undergraduates Preparedness Assessment (DU PAS) using Rasch Analysis. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, August 24th-26th, Barcelona, Spain. 

Cripps, A., Hart, R., Edwards, J., Zahra, D., & Chatterjee, A. (2016) Personalised recall app for enhancing medical knowledge retention: A pilot study. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Medical Education, July 6th-8th, Belfast.

Belfield, L., McIlwaine, C., Zaric, S., Coombes, L., Jones,G., Zahra, D., & Bennett, J. (2015) Integrated Basic Medical Science (BMS) Teaching for Dental and Dental Therapy Students. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, 25th-29th August, Szeged, Hungary 

Roser, M., McKenzie, B., Bach, P., Goodwin, A., Zahra, D., Fulford, J., & Benattayallah, A. (2012) Relational Integration in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A functional MRI / diffusion-tensor imaging experiment. Poster presented at the launch of the Cognition Institute, Plymouth 

Zahra, D., Handley, S.J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J.S.B.T. (2012) Conditional reasoning with emotive content. Poster presented at the International Conference on Thinking, Birkbeck, University of London

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2011) An Emotional Needle in a Reasoning Haystack. Poster presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Bangor 

Zahra, D., Bailey, C., Hedge, C., Wyles, K. & Sanders, B.G. (2011) Trait Meta-Mood in a Student Population. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual University of Plymouth Department of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth 

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2010) Emotive content in conditional reasoning. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual University of Plymouth Department of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2009) Effects of mood on syllogistic reasoning. Poster presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Cardiff

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2009) Concurrent and integral mood effects in reasoning. Poster presented at the 1st Annual University of Plymouth Department of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth

Zahra, D., Handley, S. J., Schnall, S., & Evans, J. S. B. T. (2009) Are the systems governing emotion and reasoning interaction maladaptive? Poster presented at the London Evolutionary Network Conference, The Natural History Museum, London

Resources

Zahra (2010) RCI Calculator [DOWNLOAD] 

Links

Current Research: http://daniel-zahra.webs.com/