Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am interested in supervising students who have an interest in applying behavioural science to work and organisational contexts. I would be particularly interested in those who wish to investigate how different threats may impinge on attitudes and behaviours within these domains.

    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    I am a Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Science at Aston Business School and Head of the Healthy Work Research Group.

    My research focuses on psychological responses to a variety of threats encountered across a range of domains including health and workplace contexts (e.g., uncertainty, death, social exclusion, risk, and unemployment). Exposure to these threats often have important implications for attitudes and behaviour. Understanding where these threats arise and the responses that may motivate desired or undesired behaviour is the key focus of my work.

    I have published on a number of topics relating to psychological responses to mortality reminders, and how this impacts, for example, product preferences, consumption patterns, health behaviours, and workplace relations.

    In addition, I have been engaged in a number of consultancy-based roles to provide input to a range of projects requiring behavioural expertise. I have worked with partners such as Falkirk Council, Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, and the World Health Organisation.

    My work is predominantly experimental in nature -- I enjoy the challenge and creativity that comes with trying to turn often complex, nuanced, and multifaceted factors in the real world into measurable or manipulatable variables that can be scrutinised as part of an empirical study.

    For consultancy related queries please email me at the address listed on this page.

    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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Social and Personality Psychology, University of Missouri

    1 Jul 20101 May 2015

    Award Date: 1 May 2015


    • BF Psychology
    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    • HA Statistics


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