Associate Professor, Swansea University

I am an interdisciplinary academic, with research interests that span cognitive and affective neuroscience through to epidemiology, bridging the gap between biological mechanism and public health. I have developed a productive program of research to better understand the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing, attracting significant attention from scientific and lay communities. Between 2013 and 2015, I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, working on the largest study on the health and wellbeing of the Brazilian population. From 2005 until 2012, I was employed at the University of Sydney in Australia, supported by two prestigious NH&MRC research fellowships. Now as Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of Research for the Health and Wellbeing Academy at Swansea University, I am focused on conducting high impact translational research that is collaborative and collegiate in spirit with an eye towards improving health and wellbeing in the local community.


  • 2005–present
    Research Academic, University of Sydney
  • 2011–present
    Academic Editor, PLoS ONE
  • 2016–present
    Associate Professor, Swansea University
  • 2013–2015
    Visiting professor, University of Sao Paulo
  • 2003–2004
    Senior Research Officer, Westmead Millennium Institute


  • 2004 
    Swinburne University of Technology, PhD (Neuropsychopharm)
  • 1999 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Psych)

Research Areas

  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101)
  • Psychiatry (Incl. Psychotherapy) (110319)
  • Neurosciences (1109)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Epidemiology (111706)