Lecturer in Psychology, University of Leicester

I obtained a degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and completed my PhD in Psychology at Trinity College in Dublin. I worked at a number of Universities before moving to the University of Leicester in 2012 where I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

My research focuses on how our thinking and reasoning impacts on our judgment and decision making in both adults and children. In particular, I am interested in how our 'if only' thinking (called counterfactual thinking) and associated emotions and causal reasoning play a role. I am also interested in how these mental processes relate to risk taking behaviour. Some of my other research examines the relationship between reasoning and mathematical ability, and decision making under stress.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Psychology, University of Leicester
  • 2011–2012
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University College London
  • 2009–2011
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2006–2009
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Reading
  • 2008–2008
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Princeton University
  • 2002–2003
    Principal Learning Officer, Leeds Beckett University
  • 2001–2003
    Research Assistant, University of Sheffield

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Leicester, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education
  • 2007 
    Trinity College Dublin, PhD
  • 2005 
    Trinity College Dublin, Diploma in Statistics
  • 2001 
    University of Sheffield, BSc Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society