Alexander Jones

Alexander JonesAlexander Jones joined Middlesex University in 2013. Before joining the Psychology department he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Universite Paris Descartes. Prior to Paris he worked as a visiting lecturer and research fellow in London (BPP, City University). Jones received his PhD from City University London, where he is now also an honorary research fellow.

Broadly, Jones’ research interests include attention, action, and multisensory integration, and using cognitive neuroscience techniques to investigate how the brain and behaviour relate. Focus has been on exploring how we select and attend to information which is constantly bombarding our senses, in particular how we process and attend to tactile information. Of interest has also been to explore how we process sensory information which is a consequence of our own actions (action prediction). Moreover, he is interested on how do we perceive other peoples’ actions (action observation), and is this different for experts and non-experts.

He is also the Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology.

His recent publications include:

  • Jones, Alexander and Hughes, Gethin and Waszak, Florian (2013) The interaction between attention and action expectation. An ERP study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, S . p. 115. ISSN 0898-929X
  • Jones, Alexander and Forster, Bettina (2010) Neural correlates of automatic attention in touch: event related potentials and behavioural measures. Psychophysiology, 47 (S1). S53. ISSN 0048-5772
  • Jones, Alexander and Forster, Bettina (2013) Independent effects of endogenous and exogenous attention in touch. Somatosensory and Motor Research . ISSN 0899-0220

Credits to Middlesex University

Published: 15 May 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Tom Dickins

Tom DickinsTom Dickins is a Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Middlesex University. From September 2003 until September 2012 Dickins worked at the University of East London. He then joined the Department of Psychology at Middlesex University.  He interprets evolutionary psychology in a broad sense.  To Dickins, it refers to the application of evolutionary biology to the behavioural sciences.  So he is interested in the theoretical detail of the application of evolutionary biology, the emergence of stable adapted and adaptive behavioural strategies and also the internal mechanisms that produce such behaviours.  However, most of his research activities focus upon theory and behavioural strategies (see his publications list).  You can see his inaugural lecture, in which he discusses these matters, here.

Dickins holds the following degrees:

He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology and a founder member of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association. He is also co-director of the Prosocial Place Programme.

Credits to Middlesex University and Cantab

Published: 13 May 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Antonia Bifulco

Toni BifulcoAntonia Bifulco joined Middlesex in July 2013, together with the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Centre (CATS) which she co-directs. She was previously at Kingston University, having spent most of her career at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research is focused on social and lifespan influences on psychological disorder and she has investigated childhood experience, adversity and attachment style intergenerationally. She is an advocate of intensive interview measures and together with the CATS team runs training courses for researchers and practitioners on attachment style, childhood neglect/abuse and parenting. She currently directs an ESRC grant on designing an online interview on life events and difficulties in relation to depression and physical illness.

Bifulco is a psychologist who has worked in the area of clinical disorder and psycho-social risk across the lifespan since 1980. Her PhD studies at Bedford College, University of London focused on the long term impact of childhood loss of mother on depression. Her career developed in the Social Research Team headed by Prof. George Brown and Tirril Harris, investigating life stress, vulnerability and depression in women. In 1990 on Prof. Brown’s retirement she took over the team renamed the ‘Lifespan Research Group’ and completed an MRC programme grant. The team continued with a more applied focus after that time, working together with voluntary and statutory health and social care agencies to help improve assessment and practice.

Bifulco earned her BA Psychology from University of Exeter; Postgraduate  Diploma in Social Science and PhD in Social Science both from University of London. She is also a fellow of Royal Society of Arts; Associate Fellow, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist at British Psychological Society.

Credits to Middlesex University

Published: 12 May 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015


Barbara VanHorn

Barbara VanHornBarbara VanHorn is a clinical psychologist with research interests in psychological effects of domestic violence, as well as the efficacy of technological resources in student learning. She has a varied academic past, beginning her college career, unsuccessfully, at the University of Colorado in the sixties. She returned to college as a non-traditional student, over the age of 40, earning her AA degree from Valencia College. She graduated with a BA, summa cum laude, from Rollins College, and earned her MS and PhD from the University of North Texas, completing her clinical internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Centre. Dr VanHorn taught psychology as an adjunct at Indian River State College in 1999, and has been a member of the full-time faculty since 2001. She served as Chair of the Social Science Department for 5 years and is currently a Full Professor in psychology.

VanHorn is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She is also a member of the American Association of University Professors and has served on the Board of Directors of Safe Space and the Jacob School.

VanHorn was born in 1948, in Illinois, the daughter of an US Air Force officer and lived with her family in a variety of locations in the United States. As a young adult, she travelled extensively in more than 40 countries throughout Europe and Asia. She settled in central Florida, and gave birth to her daughter while a member of the staff Stonesoup School, the oldest alternative school in the state. From 1975 to 1989, she worked as a freelance costumer for a variety of art organizations from Southern Ballet Theatre and the Orlando Opera Company to Walt Disney World. Her work has been seen on stages from Miami to Tokyo. She resumed her education as her daughter was beginning her college career.

Credits to Indian River State College

Published: 08 May 2014

Last update:23 April 2015