Thandi teaches Social Psychology at Level 5 (Year 2) in which we explore how humans are in relationship to one another and how our interactions shape individual and group behaviour.
At Level 6 (Year 3) she teaches an optional module called Mindfulness. In this module, students participate in an 8-week mindfulness course alongside learning about the theory and research underpinning mindfulness.
Currently, Thandi is supervising an MRes project exploring the Hidden Voices in Mindfulness Teacher training in which we are exploring ways in which teacher training programmes make space, or don't, for people of colour.
When supervising undergraduate research projects - these are usually on the on the Psychology and Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology streams and my research projects are primarily focussed on perception and judgements of social cues and how individual difference variables, including clinically relevant variables, may impact on our ability to interpret social cues. She is also interested in the role of mindfulness in understanding social relationships and social change and action.
Thandi moved to Wales in 2006 after completing her BSocSci at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After a stint working at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning in Cardiff, she decided to carry on studying and moved to Bangor to complete an MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology, in 2008. She stayed in Bangor to complete her PhD, and having thoroughly enjoying the teaching opportunities offered during her PhD, Thandi became a Lecturer on the Teaching Team in 2012.
Thandi is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Psychology and Sport Science and is a Learning Development Leader in the Centre of Enhancment for Learning and Teaching with responsibility for embedding inclusivity in the curriculum and exploring diversification and decolonisation of curricula. Through her time at Bangor, Thandi has led an Athena Swan Self Assessment Team, has been an Equality Champion for her School and College and is passionate about ensuring that there is equity and justice in the education system and the world.
Self-funded (inc. agency-funded) projects: Dr. Gilder welcomes informal enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in projects related to Mindfulness and/or social interactions. Please submit a draft research proposal (1-2 pages) to the above email address.
Competitive scholarship opportunities available: None