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Senior Lecturer

Phone: 0131 650 3456

Research Interests

Personality and subjective well-being in humans, nonhuman primates, and other animals; the evolution of personality and subjective well-being; aging and development; behavior genetics; differential epidemiology; quantitative methods

Research Groups


California State University, Los Angeles - BA Psychology (1989-1993)
California State University, Los Angeles - MA Comparitive Psychology (1993-1996)
University of Arizona - PhD Psychology (1996-2002)


Course development
Development of the two required methodology courses (Univariate Statistics with R and Multivariate Statistics with R) for MSc students in Psychology and other departments in the school.

Course organization
Year 3 Methodology 1

Univariate Statistics with R (see above)
Multivariate Statistics with R (see above)


Univariate Statistics with R course
Strong Inference and the Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses
Multiple Regression using R
General Linear Models with R
For previous MSc methodology course:
Intraclass Correlations
Multitrait-Multimethod Analysis (developed)

Year 2 module: Genetics of Individual Differences, Abnormal Behaviour (developed)
Year 3 module: Scale Construction (revamped), Univariate Regression (revamped),
Multiple Regression (revamped)

Year 3 supervision of literature reviews and group projects.
Year 4 option: Basic Tendencies of Personality (developed)
Led Year 4 tutorials

Year 4 dissertation supervision

Administrative Roles

Director of the MSc in the Psychology of Individual Differences (2008-present)
Course organizer for Year 3 Methodology 1 (2009-present)
Course organizer for 2 MSc courses: Univariate Statistics with R and Multivariate Statistics with R. (2009-present)
PPLS Computing Committee (2008-present)
Psychology Postgraduate Committee (2008-present)
Psychology Research Day Committee (2008-present)
Colloquium Committee (2008-present)
PPLS School Postgraduate Committee member (2008-present)
ECDF Computing Committee (2008-present)
PPLS Safety Committee memeber (2007-present)
Staff-student Liaison Committee memeber (2006-2008)


Research activities & awards

  1. Rethinking Neuroticism and Human Health

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Kyoto University Wildlife Research Center

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

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