Michael Farrell

Michael FarrellMichael Farrell is the Director of National Drug and Research Centre (NDARC) at University of New South Wales. He moved to Sydney from London in March 2011 following his appointment to NDARC. Prior to joining NDARC he was Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. His extensive research interests include treatment evaluation, including the development of the National Treatment Outcomes Profile, a brief outcomes measurement instrument for drug and alcohol dependence. Farrell has a long standing interest in drug dependence in prisons and within the wider criminal justice system. He has been a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug and Alcohol Dependence since 1995 and chaired the WHO External Evaluation of the Swiss Heroin Trial. Professor Farrell has chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA) from 2007 to the present.

His recent publications include:

  • Farrell, M., Buchbinder, R., & Hall, W. (2014). Should doctors prescribe cannabinoids?. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 348.
  • Larney, S., Gisev, N., Farrell, M., Dobbins, T., Burns, L., Gibson, A., … & Degenhardt, L. (2014). Opioid substitution therapy as a strategy to reduce deaths in prison: retrospective cohort study. BMJ open, 4(4), e004666.
  • Degenhardt, L., Larney, S., Kimber, J., Gisev, N., Farrell, M., Dobbins, T., … & Burns, L. (2014). The impact of opioid substitution therapy on mortality post‐release from prison: retrospective data linkage study. Addiction.

You can follow him on Twitter

Credits to University of New South Wales

Published: 31 July 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Paul Jenkinson

Paul JenkinsonPaul Jenkinson studied a BSc in psychology and neuroscience and a PhD in cognitive neuropsychology at Keele University. He worked as a research psychologist at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, before commencing his first lectureship at Staffordshire University, and current senior lectureship in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

Jenkinson’s research explores the underlying mechanisms and relationship between the mind, body and self. He employs various methods including experimental neuropsychology, and cognitive, behavioural, and psychodynamic neuroscience. His work examines the neural and psychological mechanisms underlying body awareness, ownership, and interoceptive signals in neurological patients and healthy subjects.

His research interests include: cognitive and psychodynamic neuroscience and neuropsychology; bodily self-consciousness (especially agency, body ownership, and awareness [anosognosia]) and stroke rehabilitation (following right-hemisphere brain injury). Jenkinson’s current research student supervision are in the areas of interoceptive awareness and anosognosia for hemipelgia.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire and Paul Jenkinson

Published: 29 July 2014

Last update: 06 April 2015


Jacky Boivin

Jacky BoivinJacky Boivin is a professor of psychology at Cardiff University. Her research aims to bring about a more systematic and research oriented perspective to the investigation of psychological issues in reproductive health. This more rigorous experimental approach has debunked popular myths, given credibility to longstanding claims about stress effects on reproductive health and provoked important changes in the delivery of psychosocial services to people with fertility problems. Her psychobiological research involves clarifying the effect of negative psychological states and traits on reproductive processes and identifying biological and life style mechanisms mediating these effects. The research on the role and effectiveness of psychological interventions in medical contexts aims to develop interventions that minimise negative affect in people experiencing threatening medical events, for example, the effectiveness of brief coping interventions and decision-aids. The follow-up research targets couples who conceived with fertility treatment to examine the impact of older maternal age on family well-being, and the impact of genetic relatedness and family environment on developmental outcomes in children conceived with fertility treatment.

She holds the following qualifications:

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology, Concordia University (January, 1995)
  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Concordia University (May, 1990)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Psychology, Concordia University (May, 1986). Conferred with distinction

Her recent publications include:

Credits to Cardiff University

Published: 26 July 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Esteban Cardemil

Esteban Cardemil received a BA from Swarthmore College in 1993 and an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He was subsequently at Brown University, where he completed his predoctoral internship in 2000, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship. He has been at Clark University since 2002.

Cardemil’s research focuses on the understanding and addressing the mental healthcare disparities in the US that continue to disproportionately affect individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. His research programme includes both applied and basic research that lie at the intersection of cognitive-behavioural theories, prevention science, and cultural and contextual approaches. Current research projects take place in the local community. One ongoing research project is an NIMH-funded mixed-methods investigation of a help-seeking for depression among Latino men. Other research projects investigate the effects of culture and gender in a variety of contexts, including middle- and high-school urban children, Latino families, and the therapy process. In addition, Cardemil has written about the incorporation of considerations of race, ethnicity, and culture into psychotherapy practice and research.

His recent publications include:

  • Edwards, L.M., & Cardemil, E.V. (in press). Clinical approaches to assessing cultural values in Latinos. In K. Geisinger (Ed.), Psychological testing of Hispanics: Clinical and intellectual issues.
  • Sanchez, M., & Cardemil, E.V. (in press).  Brave new world: Mental health experiences of Puerto Ricans, immigrant Latinos and Brazilians in Massachusetts. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • Moreno, O., & Cardemil, E.V. (2013). Religiosity and mental health services: An exploratory study of help seeking among Latinos. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 1, 53-67.

Credits to Clark University

Published: 25 July 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


George Georgiou

George GeorgiouGeorge Georgiou is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 
Georgiou has lectured in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire since 2000 and has also previously lectured at University College London (2002-2004).

He did his first degree in Psychology with Artificial Intelligence at Middlesex University and then completed an MSc Research Methods in Psychology followed by a PhD in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Georgiou’s’s doctoral programme was in experimental cognitive psychology, for which he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement in a Doctoral Research Programme. He then completed an ESRC funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Prof. Ken Gilhooly investigating incubation effects in creative problem solving. His research interests span the areas of cognition, social and health psychology, and the field of cyberpsychology.

He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol – DARTP), an Associate Fellow of the BPS (AFBPsS), and a committee member of the BPS Cognitive Psychology Section. Georgious is also a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with The Science Council, and he is listed on The Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU).

His recent publications include:

  • Jefferies, K., Sharma, S., Laws, K. R., Georgiou, G., & Gale, T. (2014). To admit or not to admit?: The effect of framing on risk assessment decision making in psychiatrists. Journal of Mental Health.
  • Gilhooly, K., Georgiou, G., & Devery, U. (2013). Incubation and Creativity: Do Something Different. Thinking and Reasoning, 19(2), 137-149. 10.1080/13546783.2012.749812
  • Erskine, J., & Georgiou, G. (2012). Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Consequences of Trying to Avoid Chocolate. In R. R. Watson, V. R. Preedy, & S. Zibadi (Eds.), Chocolate in Health and Nutrition. (Vol. Chapter 36). (Nutrition and Health). Humana Press.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 25 July 2014

Last update: 02 February 2015


Marie-Anne Durand

Marie-Anne DurandMarie-Anne Durand is a a chartered Health Psychologist and researcher specialising in communication in healthcare and Shared Decision Making in the medical encounter. Durand obtained her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (MSc and MPhil) in France and completed a PhD in Health Psychology and Medicine at Cardiff University in 2009. She has since worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow as well as Programme Manager, and Research Consultant, in the NHS. She joined the Department of Psychology of University of Hertfordshire in March 2012.

Her research interests lie predominantly in health psychology, health service research, behavioural medicine, health communication and shared decision making. She is particularly interested in the development of interventions intended to improve medical decision making, to reduce decisional-conflict and anixety, while improving well-being and quality of care (www.optiongrid.co.uk). Durand has also developed an interest and expertise in using decision making theories, behavioural theories and social cognition models to design decision tools and behavioural interventions.

Over the past two years, she has developed an interest in exploring the impact of Shared Decision Making on health disparities and medical malpractice litigations. She is involved in several international collaborations, including the Dartmouth Centre for Health Care Delivery Science, Hanover, USA.

Her recent publications include:

  • Durand, M. A., Carpenter, L., Dolan, H., Bravo, P., Mann, M., Bunn, F., & Elwyn, G. (2014). Do Interventions Designed to Support Shared Decision-Making Reduce Health Inequalities? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PloS one, 9(4), e94670.
  • Grande, S. W., Durand, M. A., Fisher, E. S., & Elwyn, G. (2014). Physicians as Part of the Solution? Community-Based Participatory Research as a Way to Get Shared Decision Making into Practice. Journal of general internal medicine, 29(1), 219-222.
  • Joseph-Williams, N., Newcombe, R., Politi, M., Durand, M. A., Sivell, S., Stacey, D., … & Elwyn, G. (2013). Toward Minimum Standards for Certifying Patient Decision Aids A Modified Delphi Consensus Process. Medical Decision Making, 0272989X13501721.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 25 July 2014

Last update: 21 February 2015

Nükhet Yarbrough

Nükhet YarbroughNükhet Yarbrough is a Professor of Psychology at Coe College. She holds BA from Lindenwood University; MA from Boğazici University; and PhD from University of Georgia.

Yarbrough came to graduate school in the US to study with Dr Paul Torrance, internationally known for his research and tests on creative thinking. His research at Coe focused primarily on the investigations of how creative thinking test scores relate to other psychological and practical human characteristics. Over the years she looked at short term memory capacity and long term memory access as measured on computer tasks to millisecond accuracy in high and low scorers on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking. In addition, Yarbrough developed an instrument to measure tolerance for ambiguity in high and low scorers of creative thinking. This line of research yielded a number of conference papers with her students. She even took one of her students to a World Conference on creativity in Istanbul, her native city. Currently she am engaged in an international norming study for the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking that she is hoping will interest some of her students who like to travel.

She teaches the following courses at Coe College: Memory and Cognition, Memory and Cognition Laboratory, Counselling Psychology, Introductory Psychology and Seminar in Psychology (previous topics: Creativity; Cross-Cultural Psychology), Advanced Experimental Psychology.

Credits to Coe College

Published: 24 July 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Robert Burriss

Robert BurrissRobert Burriss is a Research Fellow at Department of Psychology at Northumbria University. He holds PhD in Biological Sciences, MSc Evolutionary Psychology (distinction), BSc Psychology (2.i) all from University of Liverpool. He studies human mate choice.

From 2011-2012, he served as Post-doctoral research associate at Department of Psychology at University of Stirling.

His publications include:

  • Burriss, R. P., Marcinkowska, U. M., & Lyons, M. T. (2014). Gaze properties of women judging the attractiveness of masculine and feminine male faces. Evolutionary Psychology, 12(1), 19-35.
  • Burriss, R. P., Welling, L. L., & Puts, D. A. (2011). Mate-preference drives mate-choice: Men’s self-rated masculinity predicts their female partner’s preference for masculinity. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(8), 1023-1027.
  • Burriss, R. P., Roberts, S. C., Welling, L. L., Puts, D. A., & Little, A. C. (2011). Heterosexual romantic couples mate assortatively for facial symmetry, but not masculinity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0146167211399584.

Since 2009 Buriss has produced the monthly Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast, which is aimed at people who like the Nature podcast but wish it was (a) a bit less ‘sciency’, (b) presented by a bald man, and (c) recorded in a cupboard under a blanket. The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast is a monthly roundup of the most interesting and cutting edge findings from the field of attractiveness psychology.

You can also follow him on Twitter

Credits to Robert Burriss

Published: 24 July 2015

Last update: 23 April 2015


Margarita Holmes

Margarita HolmesMargarita Holmes is  a Clinical Psychologist specialising in sex therapy in the Philippines. Holmes graduated with a degree in BA Psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1973. She was one of only seven students to graduate magna cum laude among more than two thousand who graduated that year. Holmes was adjudged ‘Most Outstanding Graduate’ for 1973 by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association.

Holmes was awarded a scholarship grant from the East West Centre to study at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, where she received a Master of Public Health, major in International Family Planning, with special studies in Sex Therapy and Marriage Counselling. Holmes capped her credentials with a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University. She was elected into membership of international honour societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu.

Holmes is a professor in the Psychology Department of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is a frequent lecturer and resource speaker to academic, corporate and socio-civic groups throughout the country. She also served as a consultant in government and non-government organisations, notably the Population Centre Foundation and the Department of Health.

Holmes has been a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, International School, San Carlos Seminary, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University.

Her recent publlications include:

  • Lalakeng Barako. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2001
  • Babaeng Palaban. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2001
  • Down to 1: Depression Stories. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2010

Credits to Margarita Holmes

Published: 24 July 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015


Rosanna Williamson

Rosanna WilliamsonRosanna Williamson is a fully qualified and Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol) registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Williamson is  also a registered online therapist (CPCAB), and co-founder and director of The Online Therapy Centre.

She has a wide range of experience working as a psychologist in the NHS and in charitable settings, and has a particular interest working with mental health online. Williamson offers online therapy via instant chat sessions and weekly therapeutic emails. She is always happy to discuss what form of therapy a client might prefer, and what might best suit his circumstances.

Her aim is to work collaboratively with the client, and together find ways to help understand and work through whatever the client wish to bring.  She is trained in a variety of different therapy approaches which means that she  tailors her approach to what suits the client best as an individual.

Her professional accreditation include:

  • Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), reg number: PYL29442
  • Chartered Member, British Psychological Society (BPS), reg number: 208214
  • CPCAB accredited online counsellor

Her qualifications include:

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (CPsychol)
  • CPCAB accredited Online Counsellor
  • BSc Hons Psychology

Her areas of expertise range from anxiety, career, confidence, childhood issues, depression, family issues, grief and bereavement, personal development, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, separation and divorce, and stress and burnout.

Her therapy approach are eclectic, integrative, person centred and psychodynamic.

Credits to The Online Therapy Centre

Published: 24 July 2014

Last update: 05 April 2015


Alisha Ali

Alicia AliAlisha Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on the mental health effects of oppression including violence, racism and discrimination. She has examined depression and its psychosocial correlates across a range of disadvantaged populations including domestic violence survivors, clients in poverty transition programmes, psychiatric outpatient samples, and immigrant/refugee women. Her current projects are investigating empowerment-based programmes in domestic violence shelters and low-income high schools. She is the co-editor (with Dana Crowley Jack) of Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World published by Oxford University Press.

Ali holds BSc, MS, and PhD degrees, all from University of Toronto. Her research interest includes well-being and mental health, immigrant women, women of colour, feminist epistemology and social action.

Her recent publication includes:

  • Ali., A. & Lees, K. (2013). The therapist as advocate: Anti-oppression advocacy in psychological practice. The Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(2), 160-169.
  • Ali, A., McFarlane, E., Lees, K., & Srivastava (2012). Who is a patriot? Psychological recolonization and the proliferation of U.S. nationalism. Race, Gender, and Class, 20 (1-2).
  • Ali, A., McFarlane, E., Hawkins, R., & Udo-Inyang, I. (2011). Social justice revisited: Psychological recolonization and the challenge of anti-oppression advocacy. Race, Gender, and Class, 19.

She is also part of the following editorial boards:

  • Sex Roles, Consulting Editor
  • Journal of Emotional Abuse, Editorial Board Member
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly, Editorial Board Member

Credits to: New York University

Published: 24 July 2014

Last update: 21 April 2015


Stephen Porter

Stephen PorterStephen Porter received his PhD in forensic psychology at University of British Columbia and currently is a researcher and consultant in the area of psychology and law. After working as a prison psychologist, Porter spent a decade as a professor at Dalhousie University. In 2009, he transferred to UBC Okanagan, where he assumed a position as a professor of psychology and the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science & Law (CAPSL).  Porter has published numerous scholarly articles on psychopathy and violent behaviour, deception detection, and forensic aspects of memory with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). As a registered forensic psychologist in British Columbia, Porter is frequently consulted by Canadian courts and has been qualified as an expert witness in various areas, including “dangerousness and risk for violence” and “memory and the factors involved in credibility assessments”. He has been consulted by police in serious crime investigations and provides training in deception detection and psychopathy to law enforcement, mental health professional groups, government agencies, journalists, trial judges, and other adjudicators. He proudly hails from Deer Lake, NL.

Recent awards include an operating grant (2010-2013) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a discovery grant (2010-2015) from the Natural Sciences and Engineer Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Porter was named the 2013 UBC Okanagan Researcher of the Year, an award that recognises a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to research during their time at the University. The Porter Lab was also awarded the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leader’s Opportunity Fund (2010). Porter is a co-author (with Lawrence Wrightsman) of the textbook Forensic Psychology: A Canadian Perspective (Thomson Nelson), second edition released in 2013.

His research is focused on diverse topics within the general field of law and psychology. Along with his students, Porter conduct research in both field and controlled (experimental) settings reflecting his observation that the most complete psychological knowledge can be generated by converging findings from controlled and naturalistic settings. His current research can be subsumed under three main headings: (1) criminal psychopathy (2) forensic aspects of memory (e.g., trauma, eyewitness memory) and (3) credibility assessment/deception detection.

Credits to Porter Forensic Psychology Lab

Published: 16 July 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Steven Hanley

Steven HanleyAs a fully licensed Clinical Psychologist, Steven Hanley, uses his training, experience, empathy and understanding of how the mind works to help create a safe, nonjudgmental space where a collaborative and therapeutic process can occur. The end result is often a fuller understanding of the origins of emotional distress and a new freedom from unsatisfying patterns of living. Hanley holds PhD in Clinical Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Detroit Mercy, bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Hanley is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Detroit Mercy where he teaches Adult Development and Ageing; Death and Dying; Personality Disorders.

His presentation and publications include:

You can contact him for a free consultation here. You can also follow him on Twitter .

Credits to Steven Hanley

Published: 06 July 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Todd Bailey

Todd BaileyTodd Bailey is a lecturer from Cardiff University. He received his undergraduate degree (BSc Computer Science with Distinction) from the University of Minnesota in 1983. He subsequently developed computer-aided engineering instruments at Hewlett-Packard in Colorado, USA.

Bailey studied linguistics and cognitive science at the University of Minnesota from 1989 under the supervision of Professor Joseph Stemberger, and obtained an MA in 1993 and a PhD in 1995. During this time he was affiliated with the Centre for Research in Learning, Perception and Cognition, and he enjoyed a Graduate Traineeship sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1993-94). His thesis examined patterns of primary word stress across many languages and considered the mental representations required to learn and generalise various attested patterns and accommodate lexical exceptions. He also achieved a certificate in Spanish language proficiency.

He worked with Professor Kim Plunkett in the McDonnell-Pew Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Department of Experimental Psychology at University of Oxford from 1996 to 2000, studying phonological and lexical development in very young children. Establishing collaborations with Ulrike Hahn and Emmanuel Pothos, Bailey also broadened his interest in categorisation and developed an interest in what it means for things to seem similar.

He took up his current post at Cardiff University in 2000. Bailey, together with Lewis Bott recently obtained research council funding to examine the time course of understanding literal and non-literal sentence meanings. Also, the Welsh Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience has helped to identify possibilities for collaboration with colleagues in Bangor, resulting in WICN grants to look at brain activity associated with phonological processing in monolingual and bilingual children (with Debbie Mills), to study memory for words using repetition priming (with Stephen Boehm), and to examine brain activity evoked by sentences describing the temporal order of events (with Lewis Bott, Ed Wilding, and Guillaume Thierry).

Credits to Cardiff University

Published: 06 July 2014

Last update: 28 February 2015