Reader in Psychology, Royal Holloway

I'm interested in irrational beliefs and behaviour. Examples include delusions, self-deception, and certain ritualistic practices. Another key interest is the relationship between religion and morality.

I was educated at the University of Western Australia (BSc Hons in Psychology) and at Macquarie University (MClinPsych, PhD) in Sydney, Australia. I've held postdoctoral positions in Boston (Tufts University), Belfast (Queen's University), Zurich (University of Zurich) and Oxford (University of Oxford) and previously worked as a clinical neuropsychologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and as a lecturer in psychology at Charles Sturt University in Australia.

Current projects include experimental investigations in the cognitive science of religion and the emotional causes and consequences of religious belief.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway