Rogelia Pe-Pua

Rogelia Pe-PuaRogelia Pe-Pua is an Honorary Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at University of New South Wales. She was the Head of School from 2007-July 15, 2012. Prior to this, she was Head of the School of Social Science and Policy (2005-2006).

Pe-Pua’s research interests include indigenous psychology, racism in Australia, multicultural attitudes in plural societies, migration policy issues, cross-cultural psychology, social and community issues, and youth issues. She has undertaken research on migration and return migration in Hawaii and the Philippines, labour migration in Spain and Italy, the character of Australian ethnic press, international students’ experiences, street-frequenting ethnic youth, refugee family settlement, Hong Kong immigrants in Australia, legal needs of NESBs, and an evaluation of a Juvenile Crime Prevention Strategy. She has also worked collaboratively with international researchers comparing ethnocultural youth identity and acculturation in 13 countries and culture and trait links in four countries. She has completed two projects funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship: (a) the needs of Australian Muslim families, and (b) social cohesion, social division and conflict in multicultural Australia.

She has a long history of specialisation in indigenous psychology which started at the University of the Philippines where she taught for 15 years before migrating to Australia. She has published widely in this area, including the first edited volume on Philippine indigenous psychology, book chapters and journal articles on indigenous methods. She has applied her passion for and expertise in indigenous and cross-cultural methods to the research she has conducted and to her teaching of research methods. An example of her leadership in this area is her recent involvement with the founding of the Asian Association of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology in which she was elected as Director of Research and Publication.

Credits to University of New South Wales

Published: 26 August 2014

Last update: 03 January 2015


Steven Boker

Steve BokerSteven Boker is a professor of Psychology at University of Virginia. Boker’s research interests include the application of dynamical systems analytic techniques to psychological and physiological data. His contributions include methods for examining change in multivariate mixed cross-sectional and longitudinal data include the Statistical Vector Field method, Differential Structural Equation Modelling using local linear approximation of derivatives and the Latent Differential Equations method for fitting differential equations models to multivariate multiple occasion data. He is currently pursuing research into methods for estimating models for nonstationary data — data for which model parameters or model structures change over time.

He earned his BS Mathematics degree from University of Denver (1972); MA Psychology from University of Virginia (1994); PhD in Psychology from University of Virginia (1996).

His current NSF-sponsored project is through the Human and Social Dynamics programme. In collaboration with Jeffrey Cohn at University of Pittsburgh and Simon Baker in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, he is studying the coordination of gestures and facial expressions during dyadic conversation over a video phone. Boker’s lab uses state of the art computerised technology to test cognitive theories of interpersonal coordination and perception-action coupling during conversation, dance and imitation learning tasks. His awards include the Raymond B. Cattell Award for distinguished early career contributions to multivariate psychology and the Tanaka award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology.

Credits to University of Virginia

Published: 26 August 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Elizabeth Kirk

Elizabeth KirkElizabeth Kirk is a lecturer at the Department of Psychology of University of York. Kirk completed her first degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Hertfordshire and stayed at the same university to complete an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and a PhD in Developmental Psychology (Her thesis is entitled ‘The Impact of Encouraging Infants to Gesture on Their Language Development’). After completing an ESRC funded post-doc, Kirk was appointed as Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Shen then joined University of York in 2014.

Her main research interests are

  • The role of nonverbal behaviours in parent-infant interaction and the impact on linguistic and socio-cognitive development.
  • The development of symbolic abilities in infancy and the relationship between gesture, pretend play, mind-mindedness and theory of mind.
  • The role of children’s hand gestures in cognitive and linguistic processes, including creativity and spelling.

Her recent publications include:

  • Kirk, E., Howlett, N., Pine, K.J., & Fletcher, B. (2013) To Sign or Not to Sign? The Impact of Encouraging Infants to Gesture on Infant Language and Maternal Mind-Mindedness. Child Development, 84:2, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01874.x
  • Kirk, E., Pine, K. J. & Ryder, N. (2010). I hear what you say but I see what you mean: The role of gestures in children’s pragmatic comprehension. Language and Cognitive Processes, DOI:10.1080/01690961003752348.
  • Howlett, N., Kirk, E. and Pine, K. J. (2010) Does ‘Wanting the Best’ create more stress? The link between baby sign classes and maternal anxiety. Infant and Child Development, 20, 4, 437 – 445, DOI: 10.1002/icd.705.

Credits to University of York

Published: 26 August 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Arsenio Alianan Jr

Arsenio Alianan JrArsenio Alianan Jr is and Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology of Ateneo de Manila University. Alianan is the current Vice-President of Psychological Association of the Philippines. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.  He is a founding member of PsychConsult, Inc., a private mental health service provider in Quezon City, Phililppines. Alianan currently does private practice there.  At various points, he had brief teaching stints with the Psychology Departments of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, De La Salle University and National University of Singapore.  Yet another involvement for nearly a decade he was in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine of Philippine General Hospital.

His current research interests include:  psychological testing in the Philippines, particularly the assessment of basic aptitudes and abilities; effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy; application and effectiveness of online counselling; and the mental health impact of migration and diaspora of Filipinos.

His selected publications include:

  • Ebrada, S. C. & Alianan, Jr. A. S. (2007).  Abnormal Psychology.  In L. Teh & M. E. J. Macapagal (Eds.)  General psychology.  RP:  Ateneo de Manila University Press.
  •  Ebrada, E. C. & Alianan, Jr. A. S.  (1999).  Abnormal Psychology. In L. Teh & M. E. J. Macapagal (Eds.)  General psychology textbook and manual.  Unpublished work commisioned by the Commision on Higher Education (Philippines).
  • Liwag, Maria Emma Concepcion (ed.).  Psyche:  The Filipino FamilyArsenio Sze Alianan, Jr.  “Shifts in Parenting Styles”.  Manila:  Ateneo de Manila University Press.  (forthcoming)

Credits to Ateneo de Manila University

Published: 21 August 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Felicity Bishop

Felicity BishopFelicity Bishop is a Chartered Psychologist and Health Psychologist. Bishop holds an MA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Southampton. In 2006 she obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Southampton. Following some postdoctoral work, Bishop moved to Primary Care and Population Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine to take up an Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellowship. From 2008 to 2011 she undertook a programme of research, funded under the Fellowship, using mixed methods to investigate psychosocial aspects of acupuncture for low back pain. During this period Bishop was also a visiting researcher at Harvard University, developing a programme of work around lay perspectives on placebo effects. In 2012 she I returned to Psychology at the University of Southampton to take up a Lectureship in Health Psychology.

She has an interdisciplinary programme of mixed methods research around contextual effects in health care, encompassing topics including: ethical, scientific and lay perspectives on use of placebos in clinical practice and research; uptake and adherence to treatments for back pain; applications and elaborations of the common-sense model of illness perception; utilisation of complementary and alternative medicines and psychosocial mediators of their effectiveness; mixing qualitative and quantitative methods.

Her selected publications include:

  • Bishop, F. L., Yardley, L., Prescott, P., Cooper, C., Little, P., & Lewith, G. T. (2014). Psychological Covariates of Longitudinal Changes in Back-related Disability in Patients Undergoing Acupuncture. The Clinical Journal of Pain.
  • Bishop, Felicity L., Howick, Jeremy, Heneghan, Carl, Stevens, Sarah, Hobbs, F.D. Richard and Lewith, George (2014) Placebo use in the United Kingdom: a qualitative study exploring GPs’ views on placebo effects in clinical practice. Family Practice (In Press).
  • Bishop, Felicity L., Fenge-Davis, Anya L, Kirby, Sarah E. and Geraghty, A.W. (2014) Context effects and behaviour change techniques in randomised trials: a systematic review using the example of trials to increase adherence to physical activity in musculoskeletal pain. Psychology & Health (In Press).

Credits to University of Southampton

Published: 13 November  2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


James Barnes

James BarnesJames Barnes is the head of Department of Psychology at University of Bedfordshire. Barnes is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). His personal research interests focus on the neuropsychological aspect of cognition, particularly psychosis and hallucinations in both clinical patients and the general population.

He did his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in London under the supervision of Professor Tony David before moving to Birkbeck and then Oxford Brookes University.

Barnes has been involved in a variety of projects working with individuals with Parkinson’s disease exploring their visual hallucinations and the ways in which they deal with their symptoms. Other recent projects have examined the role of sleep behaviour on hallucinations and the topic of visual cognition in dyslexia.

He works closely with the local Parkinson’s specialist teams, and contribute to their educational programme on the non-motor symptoms of the disorder. Barnes’ interest in coaching psychology and its use with clinical patients led him to be a founder member of the BPS special group in Coaching Psychology.

His recent publications include:

  • Barnes. J. Connelly, V. Boubert., L Maravic, K. (2013) Coping Patterns of Parkinson’s Patients with Visual Hallucination. Journal of Neuropsychology – in press.
  • Barnes. J. Koch. L. Wilford. C., Boubert., L. (2011) An investigation into personality, stress and sleep with reports of hallucinations in a normal population. Psychology 2:4 371-374.
  • Barnes, J & Boubert, L. (2011) Visual Memory Errors in Parkinson’s disease patients with Visual Hallucinations. International Journal of Neuroscience Mar;121(3):159-64.

Credits to University of Bedfordshire

Published: 21 August 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


David Wellsted

David WellstedDavid Wellsted is currently the Head of the Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research (CLiCIR), and the Associate Director for Essex and Hertfordshire of the NIHR East of England Research Design Service (EoE RDS).  The opportunity to work for the NIHR RDS, and its predecessor, has allowed him the time to focus on expanding his knowledge and expertise in research methods and statistics, focusing on the application of longitudinal methods to healthcare, quality of life and the impact of psychosocial factors on patients living with long-term conditions.

Wellsted actively collaborates with Prof. Ken Farrington of University of Hertfordshire and the Renal Research Programme based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. With this group he contributes to a number of externally funded projects addressing the quality of life of patients during the time before they start dialysis, depression and self-regulation in patients with renal failure, and exploring the issues related to end of life care.  The group are now exploring interventions designed to promote adherence to agreed treatment regimens (e.g. concordance), and are about the launch a treatment intervention for depression in renal patients.

Reflecting the increasing focus on mental health for patients living with long-term conditions in the NHS, he is developing a collaboration with the Clinical Health Psychology Service in South Bedfordshire (with Dr Greg Wood) and South Essex Partnership Trust.  The focus is to implement and evaluate psychological interventions to support acute clinical services, especially in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (with Dr Matt Johnson), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Diabetes.

Credits to: University of Hertfordshire

Published: 20 August 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Rachel Falmagne

Rachel FalmagneRachel Falmagne is a professor of psychology at Clark University. She received her PhD in Psychological Sciences from the University of Brussels, Belgium. She is the president of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology. She is also affiliated with Clark University’s programme in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Falmagne’s scholarship and teaching take a transdisciplinary approach to psychological questions and focus on people as social agents in a complex social world structured at all levels of organisation by gender, race, class and the internal politics of culture. Her writings and research are guided by feminist social theory, critical race theory, and a critical approach to psychology, and investigate how people’s sense of self and their modes of thinking are inflected by the social discourses, social practices and power relations that configure the context in which they develop. One line of research uses qualitative interview methods to study the manner in which people appropriate, resist or transform various formative cultural discourses of knowledge and how people’s modes of thinking about everyday situations and their personal epistemologies, or personal conceptions of knowledge, can be understood in the context of their social location and cultural history, with particular attention to gender, social class and race/ethnicity. Her writings also put forward a critical perspective on methodology that is guided by that systemic frame of reference and an approach to qualitative research that attends to the biographical particularity of individual persons as active agents while also inseparably attending to the complex societal context in which they function.

Her recent publications include:

  • Falmagne, R. Joffe (2013). Epistemology. In T. Teo (Ed), International Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer.
  • Falmagne, R. Joffe, M-G Iselin, I. L. G. Todorova, and Arner, J.  (2013). Reasoning and personal epistemology: A critical reconstruction. Theory and Psychology, 23(5), 616-638.
  • Jackson, T., & Falmagne, R. Joffe (2013). Women wearing white: Discourses of menstruation and the menarche experience. Feminism and Psychology, 23(3), 379-398.

Credits to Clark University

Published: 01 August 2014

Last update: 09 April 2015