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.


  • –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
  • 2001–2003
    Research Assistant, University of Sheffield
  • 2002–2003
    Principal Learning Officer, Leeds Beckett University


  • 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