Toni Antonucci

Toni AntonucciToni Antonucci is a Professor of psychology and Senior Research Scientist at Institute for Social Research Life Course of University of Michigan. Her research focuses on social relations and health across the life span, including multigenerational studies of the family and comparative studies of social relations across the life span in the United States, Europe and Japan. Antoucci and her colleagues are currently collecting a second wave of data on the Social Relations and Health across the Life Span study. She holds a PhD from Wayne State University.

Her awards include:

  • Past-President of Adult Development and Ageing, Division 20 of American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America
  • 2001 Master Mentor Award from APA Division 20
  • President-Elect Society for the Study of Human Development
  • Council Member, International Association of Gerontology

Credits to University of Michigan

Published: 22 April 2015

Last update:23 April 2015


Phil Haigh

Phil HaightPhil Haigh is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a counsellor and member of the BACP, Haigh is committed to working within a code of professional ethics.

He grew up in Leeds, UK and aside from a year spent in Canada, has spent the rest of his life living and working in the UK both in the private and public sectors. It was during this time that it occurred to him that what he most enjoyed in previous roles was helping people. As a result he resolved to find a role which would enable me to be more involved in helping others.

As someone who has previously struggled with stress, anxiety and panic attacks, Haigh understands just how frightening and exhausting life can feel when one is struggling. At times even a walk to the local shop or picking up the phone can seem like a superhuman effort. Often we find our own coping mechanisms work in the short-term but then lead us to bigger problems, until we risk a crisis or seek support. Knowing this from experience, he felt compelled to better understand and support others in learning to break free from this cycle and move forwards.

After a short introductory course in Counselling to see what it was all about, he quickly established a desire to learn more. Haigh became fascinated with psychology, philosophy, and how we all deal with the complications of every day life.

He went on to study Counselling at Huddersfield University, followed by a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Calderdale College in Halifax, during which he trained in the Person-Centred Approach. His  training included a voluntary placement at St Vincent’s, a holistic charity, counselling people from some the most deprived areas of Leeds through a variety of issues. He has found this work so personally rewarding that he has continued to volunteer on a weekly basis at St Vincent’s ever since.

Building on his initial training, Haigh was interested in broadening his understanding of the issues that blight human lives and ways of working with them. To expand his knowledge, Haigh undertook further study at Leeds Metropolitan University, completing a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling. He remain passionate about learning and continue to develop himself both professionally and personally. He also attends regular supervision sessions to ensure he continues to offer the best service possible.

Haigh is a lover of books and enjoy reading the latest books in psychology and research in the field, while remembering that the most important element in any counselling session is the client. Haigh is not a fan of jargon or academic language where unnecessary and for that reason he tries both in my writing and in person to avoid using any confusing psychological jargons.

If you would like to speak to him or make a low-cost appointment to see how you feel about counselling, don’t hesitate to contact him. You may also find his FAQ or Case Studies page helpful. You can also follow him on Twitter @CounsellorPhil. He looks forward to being a part of your journey.

Credits to Counselling in Leeds.

Published: 19 April 2014

Last update:23 April 2015


Ruth Tully

Ruth TullyRuth Tully is the Director of Tully Forensic Psychology. Tully is a Forensic Psychologist who is Chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Tully was nominated for, and was then awarded, the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Junior Award in Forensic Psychology 2013. This  award focuses on the production of work of outstanding quality and innovation, and Dr Tully was awarded the prize for her ‘notable contribution to the field’.

She provides forensic psychology expert witness services in relation to clients who may be at risk of comitting, or who are alleged to have committed, a criminal offence.  Tully’s clients may be victims of crime or abuse themselves. Examples of Tully’s expert witness services include assessments for court or parole purposes as well as for Mental Health Review Tribunals. Tully’s practice is high quality, evidence based and importantly Tully is proud to adhere to the professional codes of conduct and ethics of the BPS and HCPC. She is highly qualified with a wide range of experience and has a particular interest in prison, court and legal services. Tully provides training and consultancy in many areas of forensic psychology, as well as training that is relevant to areas wider than forensic psychology.

Alongside providing expert independent psychological services, Tully is a practicing Forensic Psychologist, having been working in a clinical forensic NHS setting with clients who have enhanced rehabilitation needs in relation to mental health, personality, learning disability and risk, she recently moved to provide similar services in a private hospital. Tully has links with various universities, for example she is an honorary lecturer at the University of Nottingham on the MSc and Doctorate programmes, and she also supervises Doctoral Trainee Psychologists. Tully is an invited article reviewer for a respected journal publisher.

Dr Tully specialises in the assessment and treatment of sexual and violent offending. She is trained and experienced in applying specialist psychological assessment tools that explore risk, personality and functioning. Dr Tully delivers a range of services including psycho-legal reports for use in Court proceedings. Please click here for her contact details.

Credits to Tully Forensic Psychology

Published: 16 April 2014

Last update: 09 April 2015


Eugene Borgida

Eugene BorgidaEugene Borgida is Professor of Psychology and Law at the University of Minnesota. He is a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology and held the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs for 2002-2003. In addition, Borgida is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and has served as Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Psychology, which he co-founded, and Co-Editor of the journal, Political Psychology. From 1992-95 he was Associate Dean and Executive Officer of the College of Liberal Arts, and from 1996-99 he served as chair of the Psychology Department.

Borgida’s research has been funded by NIMH, NIH, NSF, and The Pew Charitable Trusts. He received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the College of Liberal Arts and the system-wide Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in 1989. With L. Rudman, Borgida won the 1994 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, and in 1989, he and colleagues J.L. Sullivan and J. Aldrich won the Heinz Eulau Award for the best paper published in the American Political Science Review. He is a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science (APS), a Fellow in several divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has served on the Board of Directors for the APS and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Borgida’s research interests include social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, psychology and law, and political psychology.

He earned his PhD from University of Michigan in 1976 and his BA from Wesleyan University in 1971.

Credits to University of Minnesota

Published: 15 April 2014

Last update:23 April 2015


Lea Adams

Lea AdamsLea Adams specialises in Experimental Cognitive Psychology and enjoys focusing on the application of cognitive psychology on real world problems. She teaches General Psychology, courses related to Cognitive Psychology, and Research and Design at Shippensburg University. She earned her PhD in Vanderbilt University.

Prior to joining Shippensburg University, she worked as a Human Factors Psychologist in industry. Her current research interests include the impact of technology on critical thinking, the impact of memory retrieval strategies on problem solving, and the influence of critical thinking techniques on learning and memory.

Her recent publications include:

  • Griffith, J. D., Mitchell, S., Hart, C. L., Adams, L. T., & Gu, L. L. (2013). Pornography actresses: An assessment of the damaged goods hypothesis. Journal of sex research, 50(7), 621-632.
  • Sato, T., Harman, B. A., Adams, L. T., Evans, J. V., & Coolsen, M. K. (2013). The Cell Phone Reliance Scale: Validity and Reliability. Individual Differences Research, 11(3).
  • Griffith, J. D., Adams, L. T., Gu, L. L., Hart, C. L., & Nichols-Whitehead, P. (2012). Students’ attitudes toward statistics across the disciplines: A mixed methods approach. Statistics Education Research Journal, 1192, 45-46.

Credits to Shippensburg University

Published: 13 April 2014

Last update: 27 February 2015


J. Wayne Aldridge

J. Wayne AldridgeJ. Wayne Aldridge studies the neuronal mechanisms of behaviour with a particular focus on the region of the brain called the basal ganglia. Our long-term goal is to understand how individual neurons and neuronal circuits might be contributing to and processing information related to movement and rewards.  Aldridge examines the neural correlates of motor behaviour during learned and instinctive movements and during the presentation of stimuli associated with rewards. His principal method is to record electrical activity of individual nerve cells while animals execute natural movements, respond to predictive sensory cues or react to rewards. In these experiments we also activate neural systems by the application of dopaminergic drugs that are known to affect motor behaviour and motivational systems. This research is relevant to understanding neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Tourette Syndrome, drug addiction, etc. Both graduate and undergraduate students participate in ongoing projects or independent studies for advanced students.

He earned his PhD from University of Toronto.

Credits to University of Michigan

Published: 08 April 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015


Eric Schrimshaw

Eric SchrimshawEric Schrimshaw, is a social/health psychologist whose research focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships on health and well-being. His work and interests are focused on three aspects of social relationships. First, much of Schrimshaw’s early work (including his dissertation) was focused on the beneficial role of supportive relationships and the negative impact of stigma, conflict, and rejection on mental and behavioural health outcomes. Second, Schrimshaw’s work has addressed the health implications of concealing stigmatised identities. Specifically this work has focused on how self-disclosure or the communication of personal information with others has beneficial role in health and well-being, how concealment can have negative implications for health, and how non-disclosure can impede access to care and support. Finally, most recently, Schrimshaw’s work has focused on how different social environments where sexual relationships are formed may impede communication and facilitate sexual risk. Of particular interest are the use of the Internet and smartphone technologies for meeting sexual partners, the influence of these technologies on communication, and whether these technologies could contribute to sexual risk. Employing a mixed-methods approach that involves both qualitative interviewing and quantitative survey methods, his work documents the importance of interpersonal relationships for understanding mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behaviour. He has addressed these issues within several populations including adults living with HIV/AIDS, gay/lesbian/bisexual adolescents, gay/bisexual men, and bisexual men “on the down low.” Schrimshaw has published over 50 journal articles addressing the role of interpersonal relationships and health.   You can view his CV here. You can also follow him on Twitter @EricSchrimshaw

His recent publications include:

  • Schrimshaw, E. W., Siegel, K., Downing, M. J., Jr., & Parsons, J. T. Disclosure and concealment of sexual orientation and the mental health of non-gay-identified, behaviorally-bisexual men. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 141-153, 2013
  • Schrimshaw, EW., Siegel, K., Downing, Jr., MJ. Sexual risk behaviors with female and male partners met in different sexual venues among non-gay-identified, nondisclosing MSMW International Journal of Sexual Health 22 167-179 2010
  • Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. Disclosure of sexual orientation and subsequent substance use and abuse among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Critical role of disclosure reactions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 23 175-184 2009

Credits to Columbia University

Published: 02 April 2014

Last update:23 April 2015