Personal profile

Research Interests

I am an experimental psychologist and the primary aim of my research is to understand cognitive and affective changes associated with psychopathology, most notably depression and eating disorders. The key psychological processes that I am interested in are memory (especially autobiographical memory) and social cognition (especially processing of facial emotion).  Other areas of expertise include: alexithymia (particularly in association with psychopathology, and influence on emotion processing) and cognitive changes observed in older adults. 

Teaching Activity


Introduction to Clinical Psychology (Module Leader), Affective Disorders (Final Year Option; Module Leader), Key Skills in Psychology 1 


Research Practicals 1 (Module Leader), Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience: Theories and Applications, Key Skills for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscientists 1

Membership of Professional Bodies

Contact Details

Room: SW 508B
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4162
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 4090 
 [email protected]

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PG Dip, Learning and Teaching, Aston University

Oct 2006Jun 2008

Award Date: 19 Aug 2009

PhD, Psychology, University of St. Andrews

Oct 2000Dec 2004

Award Date: 29 Jul 2005

MSc, Psychological Research Methods, University of Stirling

Sept 1998Aug 1999

Award Date: 18 Jun 1999

MA, Psychology (2:1 with Honours), University of Dundee

Sept 1992Jul 1996

Award Date: 10 Jul 1996

External positions

Associate Editor, Cognition and Emotion

Sept 2018 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • Memory
  • Autobiographical memory
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • facial emotion recognition
  • social cognition
  • executive function
  • alexithymia
  • emotion
  • forgetting
  • Q Science (General)


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