Michael Murray

Michael MurrayMichael Murray is a Professor of Social and Health Psychology and Head of School of Psychology at Keele University. In the 1970s Murray obtained a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Ulster. He followed this with a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Stirling. His PhD supervisor was Professor Ivana Markova FBA and his examiner was Professor Rob Farr.

Murray then moved to London where in the late 1970s he was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Psychology in the Division of Community Health at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School (now part of Kings College London). In the mid 80’s he returned to the University of Ulster initially as a Lecturer and then as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Murray moved to Canada in the early 90s where he was appointed Professor of Social & Health Psychology at Memorial University. He returned to the UK in 2006 to take up my current appointment at Keele.

He has held a series of visiting appointments at various universities including Durham University (Leonard Slater Fellow), London School of Economics (Visiting Teacher) and Massey University (Visiting Scholar). Murray is currently a Visiting Professor at City University London and at Staffordshire University.

Murray is the Associate Editor of Psychology and Health. In addition, he sits on the editorial boards of various other journals including Psychology, Health & Medicine, Health Psychology Review and Arts & Health.

He also sits on a range of research review bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council College of Reviewers.

Murray was a founding member and first Chair of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. This society holds a biennial conference to which it attracts several hundred participants on each occasion. These conferences have been held in Canada, UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland. The next one will be held in South Africa in 2015.

Over the years Murray has received various awards including Fellowship of the British Psychological Society and of the Canadian Psychological Association.

His publications include:

Credits to Keele University

Published: 03 November 2014

Last update: 21 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


David Johnson

David K. Johnson, assistant professor, psychology and gerontologyDavid Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialty training in Gerontology and Neuropsychology.   He is an assistant professor in Clinical Psychology at University of Kansas. Johnson has considerable multidisciplinary experience and worked closely with Geriatricians, Neurologists, Neuropathologists, Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, and Biostatisticians in medical and academic settings. He also received specialty training in longitudinal data analysis as a postdoctoral fellow in Neurology at the Washington University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre, examining white matter disease, Alzheimer’s dementia, Lewy Body disease, and dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. He is also an adjunct faculty in Neurology at KU Medical Centre and works closely with Jeff Burns of the Brain Ageing Project and the Alzheimer Disease Centre in Kansas City.

His primary interest is in clinical research that identifies cognitive and emotional processes that characterise healthy ageing and dementia. Although some age-related change may be part of healthy ageing processes, there are certain changes in memory and cognition that are early markers of dementia pathology leading to profound intellectual decrements in individuals with dementia. His research explores neuropsychological changes in ageing and how these changes impact thinking and emotion. Johnson is motivated by a framework that suggests multiple, co-occurring factors that affect cognitive ageing. He focuses on understanding these diverse, and dissociable, brain changes in ageing and dementia and how they affect cognition and emotion.

He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from Washington University of St Louis.

Credits to University of Kansas

Published: 27 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015