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Peter W Halligan

Hon Professor of Neuropsychology, Cardiff University

A neuroscientist by background, his research involved international collaborative working across a range of disciplinary fields and methods, including clinical neuropsychology, behavioural neurology, cognitive neuroscience, health psychology and social science.

At the University of Oxford,he was a research fellow in the Department of Clinical Neurology and later as an MRC Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology before moving to Cardiff’s School of Psychology as a Distinguished Research Professor in 2000.

While at Cardiff University, he was responsible for establishing Cardiff’s University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), and played a key role in establishing Wales Research and Diagnostic Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Centre (PETIC), Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (WICN), the UnumProvident Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, the Cardiff Cognitive Neuroscience International Seminar Series, the School of Psychology’s MindArt project, the Haydn Ellis Distinguished Lecture Series and the Cardiff University Interdisciplinary Research Institutes. As Chair and Academic lead of the Welsh Crucible - a unique, all Wales staff leadership programme for early career researchers- his team won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK HE Leadership Development in 2013.

A Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Learned Society of Wales, he was awarded the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Spearman Medal for outstanding published research in 1993, and 12 years later the BPS Presidents’ Award for outstanding contributions to psychology. In 2005, he was also awarded the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Special Award for outstanding contributions to psychology.


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, University of Cardiff


  • 2013
    Hypnosis and cognitive neuroscience: Bridging the gap., Cortex


CBE, Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Learned Society of Wales