John Done


John DoneJohn Done is a lecturer at University of Hertfordshire research with particular interest in psychosis.  Appointed as the University’s Health Research Co-ordinator  in the 1990’s , Done was also given the  task of developing the university’s health research base. This included creating research excellence within the university as well as collaborations with  NHS clinicians. As such  Done broadened his own research profile to include health services research and apply his epidemiological expertise , particularly with cohort based studies, to  chronic health care problems other than psychosis , particularly rheumatoid arthritis and renal disease. He set up two research centres at UH –the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care ( CRIPACC ) and the Centre for Life Span and Chronic Illnesses (CLiCIR) and with the NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire Done and his colleagues have established one of the UK’s first university-based R&D advisory services with a contract to support  NHS R&D.

His main research interests involve thinking in people with schizophrenia/psychosis using cognitive theory of intentions, causal attribution, belief,  perception , memory, and reasoning. Currently my focus is on reasoning by patients with delusions and whether errors of reasoning match those found in stroke patients who manifest confabulation or anosognosia.

He currently teaches on a clinical psychology option on the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree and supervise PhD and D.Clin Psy students whose research is in mental health. Done has previously been the Research Tutor on the D.Clin Psy course.

His recent publications include:

  • Negative and positive illness representations of rheumatoid arthritis: a latent profile analysis
    Norton, S., Hughes, L. D., Chilcot, J., Sacker, A., van Os, S., Young, A. & Done, J. Jun 2014 In : Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 37, 3, p. 524-532
  • Risk of adult schizophrenia and its relationship to childhood IQ in the 1958 British birth cohort.
    Schulz, J., Sundin, J., Leask, S. K. & Done, J. 2014 In : Schizophrenia Bulletin. 40, 1, p. 143-51 9 p.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 12 June 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


David Gard

David GardDavid Gard has taught in the Clinical Psychology programme at San Francisco State University since 1997, and has been a full-time faculty member since 2005. Gard obtained his BA in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine, his MS in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. Gard is the coordinator of the Clinical Programme at San Francisco State University, and has taught several of the graduate programme courses, is the Director of the Psychology Clinic, and serves as a primary supervisor for several clinical graduate students.

Gard’s primary teaching and research interests concern severe psychopathology including schizophrenia and major depression. His research lab website can be found here. He is licensed to practice as a Psychologist in California.

Credits to San Francisco State University

Published: 19 March 2014

Last update: 09 April 2015


Keith Laws

Keith LawsKeith Laws is professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology and head of research in the School of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He completed his PhD Experimental Psychology at University of Cambridge and is the author of over 100 papers and a recent book entitled ‘Category-Specificity: Evidence for Modularity of Mind’.

He is a chartered psychologist, associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching and various academic organisations including the British Neuropsychological Society, British Neuropsychiatry Association, and Experimental Psychology Society.

One consistent themes of his research over the past 20 years has been the cognitive deficits that blight the lives of people with schizophrenia. Two of his papers (Laws 1999; Hill et al 2004) were described as among the top 70 most influential published articles in schizophrenia (“Just the Facts”: What we know in 2008 Schizophrenia Research, 100, Tanden et al 2008).

Laws has been a strong critic of the use of CBT for treating the psychotic symptoms associated with schizophrenia

In 1999, he received a Young Investigator Award (from the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research), which described his research as ‘superior’ and identified him as a ‘future leader’ in the schizophrenia field. Another recent article examining the use of CBT in people with schizophrenia (‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for major psychiatric disorder: does it really work? Lynch, Laws & McKenna 2010) published in Psychological Medicine is amongst the most accessed articles in 50 years of the journal.

Most recently, his research has also focused on cognitive problems in Alzheimer’s disease, body dysmorphic disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Laws’ research has often been featured in the media around the world including, for example, his work on how the recreational drug Ecstasy impairs memory, and how women are better at multitasking than men.

He has been interviewed by numerous radio stations, and featured in newspapers and magazines ranging from the Sun to the Telegraph, the Times, Newsweek, Reuters, Scientific American, and Nature.

Laws serves as section editor of BMC Psychology and Plos One. Also, he has a blog about Cognitive Neuropsychology. Follow him on Twitter @Keith_Laws for latest tweets about Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 09 March 2014

Last update: 03 February 2015