Health professions and therapies

Dr Ching-Yu Huang

Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Ching-Yu Huang received her PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology at University of Cambridge in 2013, where she conducted research in forensic interviewing with child victims/witnesses. She also received MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology from University of York in 2007. Her lines of research include forensic interviews in vulnerable population, working with families in challenging… Read more »

Dr Jan Wiener

Associate Professor in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Jan is a cognitive psychologist whose research focuses primarily on orientation and navigation behaviour. He is interested in the effects that cognitive ageing has on our wayfinding abilities. In his investigations he makes use of different methods such as behavioural navigation experiments, virtual reality techniques, eye-tracking, and cognitive modelling.

Dr Simon Thompson

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology

Areas of expertise

Simon is an expert in yawning, its underlying causes and effects on the body. He is developing a new diagnostic tool for early detection of neurological disorders using cortisol levels during excessive yawning. He has recently been commissioned to study celebrity clientele by a top fashion label, and also has interests in post-traumatic stress disorder,… Read more »

Dr Jacqui Taylor

Associate Professor in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Jacqui’s research comes under the broad area of cyberpsychology, which investigates the psychology of internet behaviour. She has investigated the positive and negative impacts that using social networks and online games (e.g. Facebook and videogame addiction) have on children, adolescents and students. Recently Jacqui has been collaborating with cybersecurity experts and has researched online deviance… Read more »

Dr John McAlaney

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

John’s research focuses on social psychological aspects of behaviour change, and how this is informed by group dynamics and perceptions of peer behaviour. He has also explored how social psychology research may be used to better understand cybercrime, hacktivism and online social protest. John has been extensively involved in the development of the social norms… Read more »

Dr Andrew Mayers

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Andrew is a psychologist, specialising in mental health and particularly perinatal mental illness, such as postnatal depression. Professionally, he works with the Dorset Police Mental Health Street Triage and he also provides mental health education for health professionals and helps train police officers. He is an active mental health campaigner, pressing for better services and… Read more »

Dr Julie Kirkby

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Julie is a psychologist in the field of developmental and cognitive psychology. Her research focuses on children’s reading development and dyslexia. Together with her research group, she is working on how static and mobile eye-trackers can be used to measure reading in real-world settings. Julie is also a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, and… Read more »

Dr Andy Johnson

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Andy’s work examines short-term memory and investigates whether short-term memory works differently across the senses. His research has its foundations in cognitive functions and cognitive neuroscience. Andy has been interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s Today and PM and he has also featured on BBC2’s Trust Me I’m A Doctor. @Psychology_Andy

Dr Terri Cole

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Areas of expertise

Terri has conducted research predominantly into offering criminal and offender profiling. She is particularly interested in how psychologists can pragmatically work with police officers to assist investigations. She has recently co-authored a book entitled Forensic psychology – theory, research, policy and practice.