I completed my degree in psychology from University of Southampton in 2000 and stayed on to do a PhD which I completed in 2004. I joined the School of Psychology at Keele University in 2009 as a lecturer. Prior to this, I have been employed at University of Nottingham as a post-doctoral research fellow and the University of Bristol as a research assistant. I have also spent a year out of academia teaching English in Japan.
My research has covered a broad range of topics across psychology, including self-control, reputation, bullying and spontaneous trait transference (when describing traits in others makes someone appear to have those traits).
My current research interests centre on cyberpsychology, including how video games can be used to promote pro-social behaviour, how people use Facebook to keep track of what others are up to and what personality traits this might indicate, how labelling certain media outlets as unreliable affects our view of fake news, and what affects the chances of being a victim of cybercrime.