About Me

Publications

  1. The Psychobiological Problems of Continued Nicotine Dependency in E-Cigarette ‘Vapers’. Commentary: “Electronic Cigarettes”. Frontiers in Psychiatry 6
  2. & Novel psychoactive substances: second and third international conferences. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental 30(4), 209-212.
  3. & Mood and Psychomotor Tremor Changes following Acute Caffeine Consumption in Moderate and Minimal Caffeine Consumers. Journal of Caffeine Research 5(1), 42-49.
  4. & Saturday night fever in Ecstasy/MDMA dance clubbers: heightened body temperature and associated psychobiological changes.. Temperature 1(3), 214-219.
  5. & Reduced memory skills and increased hair cortisol levels in recent Ecstasy/MDMA users: significant but independent neurocognitive and neurohormonal deficits. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental 30(3), 199-207.

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Teaching

  • PS-314 Drugs and Behaviour

    This module covers the core principles of drug action, and describes the psychobiological effects of the main classes of psychoactive drug. It demonstrates how clinical medications can relieve the symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. It provides a core understanding of the various forms of recreational drug use/abuse, drug tolerance, and drug dependence.

  • PS-318 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 2 or 3. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about political psychology, why people take part in extreme sports, is obesity caused by food addiction, does smoking cannabis cause schizophrenia and many other diverse questions.

  • PS-325 Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

  • PS-333 Forensic Psychology

    The aim of the module is to provide an introduction to core subjects within Forensic Psychology. It will begin by exploring the contribution made by psychology in understanding offender behavior by: (a) critically evaluating psychological theories of offender behavior; (b) exploring the use of evolutionary principles to understand sex differences in criminal behavior, and (c) examining the relationship between mental illness, personality, substance misuse, and offender behavior. Next it will explore the neuropsychology and neuroscience of offender behavior, examining the theoretical and empirical support for a link between brain structure, function and offender behavior. The module will then focus on witness evidence and the trial process, covering themes such as the reliability of eyewitness testimony, interrogative suggestibility, and psychological aspects of the juror system that may affect decision-making in the court room. The module will conclude with an overview of risk assessment (e.g. how likely is it that offender behavior will occur), and mainstream approaches to rehabilitation.

  • PS-M59 Psychopharmacology for Clinical Psychologists

    Psychopharmacology is of great practical interest to clinical psychologists. We will investigate the effects of clinical medications on human psychobiology, and debate how they can facilitate therapeutic approaches. We will also investigate the social-recreational drugs, including legal drugs such as alcohol and nicotine, and illegal drugs such as cannabis and cocaine. We will review their effects on mood and behaviour, and debate how their use can heighten distress. Many drugs are addictive, and so we will also cover topics such as chronic tolerance and drug dependency.

  • PSA319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

Supervision

  • Negotiating Urban and Wilderness Environments: Tracking Environmental and Mediated Information Use (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor David / Dave Clarke
  • '''Exploring Substance Abuse: Factors Affecting Attentional Biases and Automaticity''' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Irene Reppa
  • Sleep, Memory and Cognition in Ecstasy/MDMA Users (awarded 2009)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Mark Blagrove