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Reader in Behavioural Sciences, Aston University

I pursue an understanding of non-verbal behaviour specifically the way the face is perceived and have studied the skills, traits, and motives associated with qualities such as social dominance, power and leadership. I am also interested in learning more about the mechanisms of social behaviour in naturalistic settings and this has led me to study organisational behaviour as well as effective student learning behaviour.

I joined my current institution in 2004, after holding a visiting fellowship in Behavioural Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, USA. I have over 100 publications (2019 H Index =44) and have secured approx £2.4m in research income to date. I served as Associate Editor for the journals Cognitive Neuroscience, Frontiers in Cognitive Science, Frontiers in Educational Psychology as well as The Leadership Quarterly and was elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2015. I am also a Visiting Professor to the University of Gibraltar.


  • –present
    Reader in Behavioural Sciences, Aston University


  • 2000 
    Kings College London, PhD