Shivani Sharma

Shivani SharmaShivani Sharma is a Psychologist with an interest in developmental, and Health Psychology. She graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2006 with a first class honours degree in Psychology, and was subsequently awarded a PhD studentship. She has held various posts since joining the University as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology in 2009, and is currently Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) in the School of Life and Medical Sciences. She is also a member of the National Centre for Universities and Business’s (NCUB) ’50 under 30’ network, and the National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Transplant Alliance (NBTA- research subcommittee).

Shei is involved in two distinct programmes of research, based in the areas of autism, and the psychological well-being of ethnic minorities with long-term health conditions.

Her range of specialisms include: Core Research Skills, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology and Personal Construct Psychology

Her publications include:

  • Exploring the use of Expressive Writing to reduce stress in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Marrington, C., Sharma, S. & Troop, N. May 2014
  • Intra-individual variation in personality states in the HEXACO model. Churchyard, J., Sharma, S., Pine, K. & Fletcher, B. 2014 In : Journal of Individual Differences.
  • Same traits, different variance: Within subject variation in personality measures. Fletcher, B., Churchyard, J., Sharma, S. & Pine, K. 2014 In : Journal of Individual Differences.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 22 September 2014

Last update: 27 February 2015


Paul de Mornay Davies

Paul de Mornay DaviesPaul de Mornay Davies is a seniour lecturer at Department of Psychology of Middlesex University. de Mornay Davies joined Middlesex in 2000 after a three-year spell of post-doctoral work in the Tyler & Marslen-Wilson lab at the Centre for Speech & Language at University of Cambridge. Prior to this he had completed his PhD in the neuropsychology of semantic representation at Royal Holloway, University of London while working as a research assistant with Elaine Funnell.

His research interests range cognitive neuropsychological and ERP priming investigations of agrammatic and conduction aphasia; disorders of semantic and autobiographical memory; language and working memory. He also works on semantic, morphological and phonological aspects of aphasia; neuropsychology of language; conceptual organisation of semantic memory. His dissertation supervision interests include language processing, semantic representation, aphasia, acquired dyslexia, language and word mappping.

His recent publications include:

  • de Mornay Davies, P., Lisesdatter, D.Y., & Baldo, J.V. (in prep). Getting the gist but losing the words: Inducing a profile of conduction aphasia in healthy adults.
  • Justus, T., Larsen, J.,Yang, J.,de Mornay Davies, P., Dronkers, N., & Swick, D. (2011). The role of Broca’s area in regular past-tense morphology: An event-related potential study. Neuropsychologia 49, 1-18.
  • Franco, F., Brunswick, N. & de Mornay Davies, P. (2010). Music of language, language of music. The Psychologist, 23, 913-914.

Credits to Middlesex University

Published: 12 September 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Jo Borrill

HeadshotAfter graduating from University of London,  Jo Borrill began working as a Psychologist in HMP Pentonville Prison. She subsequently lectured at Thames Valley University, completed her PhD, and became Clinical Research Manager for the Mental Health Foundation, a national charity.  Borrill then returned to working with the prison service, as Research Programme Manager for the safer custody team, focusing on developing strategies and training to reduce prison suicides and self-harm.

She joined the University of Westminster in 2006 and has continued to do research related to suicide and self-harm in forensic settings as well as measuring self-harming behaviour by students. In 2008, Borrill was commissioned by the Home Office and Border Immigration agency to review suicides by Foreign National prisoners. She is currently doing research with the London Probation Trust on suicide and self-harm by community offenders.

Her main teaching areas are Forensic Psychology and the ‘Work Experience in a Psychological Setting’ module which she leads. Borrill also contributes to undergraduates and postgraduate modules in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, and Research Methods.  She is Employability coordinator for the Psychology Department and is closely involved with supervising students taking the optional Placement Year.

Her recent publications include:

  • Kavanagh, Laura and Borrill, Jo (2013) Exploring the experiences of ex-offender mentors. Probation Journal, 60 (4). pp. 400-414. ISSN 0264-5505
  • Mackenzie, Jay-Marie and Borrill, Jo and Dewart, Hazel (2013) Researching suicide, attempted suicide and near-lethal self-harm by offenders in community settings: challenges for future research. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12 (1). pp. 26-32. ISSN 1499-9013
  • Cook, Lisa C. and Borrill, Jo (2013) Identifying suicide risk in a metropolitan probation trust: risk factors and staff decision-making. Legal and Criminological Psychology, Early View . ISSN 1355-3259 (In Press)

Credits to University of Westminster

Published: 11 September 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Emee Vida Estacio

Emee Vida EstacioEmee Vida Estacion finished her BSc Psychology degree from University of the Philippines, Diliman.  She graduated magna cum laude then moved to United Kingdom to do her MSc and PhD in Health Psychology both at City University London.  As a student, Estacio worked as a research assistant for various health promotion projects; as a charity fundraiser for Oxfam, the Association for International Cancer Research and the Royal Horticultural Society; as a volunteer for CRIBS Philippines and Save the Children UK; as a visiting lecturer and dissertation supervisor for postgraduate students at City University London; and as editorial assistant for the Journal of Health Psychology.  She also collaborated with the Popular Education for People’s Empowerment on an action research project with the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines.  At age 24, she completed her PhD and then worked as health promotion fellow at the Institute for Health and Human Development where she project managed various NHS-funded community needs assessments and evaluation of health improvement programmes.  In 2009, Estacio was appointed lecturer at the School of Psychology at Keele University.

Estacio is a health psychologist who specialises in health promotion and community development.  She considers herself as a scholar-activist and engages in campaigns for the protection of children’s rights, gender equality, widening participation and health literacy.  As part of her PhD, she explored the impact of material deprivation and social exclusion on health and well-being. As part of this project, she facilitated a participatory action research with the indigenous Ayta community to develop an alternative learning system (ALS) to enhance literacy and community capabilities and thereby improve health. The project involved collaboration with NGOs, local and national government units. In the process, a community literacy centre was built, a pool of Ayta leaders was organised and a multi-purpose cooperative programme was established. In 2008, she also became actively involved in a campaign against racist humour in the media.

Credits to Keele University

Published: 01 September 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015