Biography

I am an academic, cognitive neuropsychological researcher, director of the Psychology Research Centre and former honorary secretary of the British Neuropsychological Society.

I was awarded my PhD in visual neurophysiology from the Department of Communication and Neuroscience, Keele University in 1988, and went onto complete a series of postdoctoral fellowships in the MRC Neuropsychology Unit, Oxford University, with Professor Freda Newcombe; Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Birmingham with Professor Glyn Humphreys; and University Department of Psychiatry, Birmingham, with psychiatrist Professor Femi Oyebode. She returned to Keele University in 1999 as lecturer, promoted to senior lecturer in 2006, and Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation in 2013.

Research and scholarship

I am a memory researcher specialising in cognitive neuropsychology.  My research tends to cluster into two main themes. 
I work with patients with various aetiologies such as stroke, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, Parkinson’s disease and mild cognitive impairment in order to better understand the subjective experience of memory. 
My other research interest is in pathologies of belief, with a focus on the perceptual and cognitive changes associated visual hallucinations, the Cotard’s delusion, the Capgras delusion, anosognosia, somatoparaphrenia, and anarchic hand.

Teaching

Year 1

  • PSY10017: Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY10019: Applied Psychology

Year 2

  • PSY20005: Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • PSY20023: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY20033: Psychopathology

Year 3

  • PSY30061: Final Year Research Project
  • PSY30114: Everyday Memory and Amnesia

MSc

  • PSY40039: Advanced Research Skills and Design
  • PSY40044: Advanced Study in Cognitive Psychology