Meet our External Advisory Board
Angle Rowe is a Reader in Social Cognitive Psychology. She joined the School of Psychological Science at the end of 1999 while writing up her PhD. Angela was the School's previous Impact and Engagement Officer. As part of this role, and as a route to impact, she worked to facilitate collaborations between researchers in the School and external partners from industry and the charity and the Psychology sectors.
Angela's research broadly centres on the processes and mechanisms that drive adult attachment. Much of her research over the years has been concerned with the way that attachment styles and attachment-relevant hormones influence thought, behaviour and feelings. In recent years, one line of Angela's research has focused on the relationship between attachment styles and mental health.
Through posts in six schools in five different Local Authorities, as SW Region Senior School Improvement Adviser (SSIA) and Senior Director: National Challenge with National Strategies Anne has gained breadth and depth of experience working both directly with students and in system change. She is an experienced Headteacher of a secondary school and Principal of an all through (3 year olds to 18) with a unit for primary children with autism which became a free school for children with autism from 4 to 16. Anne is currently working for the DfE as an Education Specialist and also work with LAs and directly with schools. She has experience, knowledge and understanding of school improvement, raising standards, educational policies and practice from leading a school as well as a regional and national role supporting and challenging other leaders.
Bruce is a Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society and founder of the expert speaker network Speakezee. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and before joining Bristol University in 1999,was associate professor at Harvard. In 2011, he presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, "Meet Your Brain," on the BBC. He is the co-author of the best-selling undergraduate textbook and has written three popular science books,SuperSense,The Self IllusionandThe Domesticated Brain. He is currently working on his fourth book about ownership. He is a life fellow of the Royal Institution, the British Psychological Society and the Association for Psychological Science.
Chris is a Professor of Cognitive Development. His research focusses on children's cognitive development, and particularly on the processes that underpin goal-directed behaviour and the maintenance of information in memory. These abilities in turn affect children's control of behaviour, and aspects of their language learning and educational attainment. Although his work is grounded in a detailed understanding of typical development, much of it is applied to developmental conditions including autism, Down syndrome, and Williams syndrome, and consequently it has both educational and clinical relevance.
Dave received his first degree and then his PhD from the University of Bristol in 2001. Following that he worked as a postdoctoral researcher and Research Professor at Dartmouth College in the USA. He then took up a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen and returned to the University of Bristol as a Reader in 2012. His research examines how the self impacts on cognition. This research covers functional neuroimaging, developmental psychology, memory and applied classroom learning. In addition to being Deputy Director of Impact, Engagement and External Relations Dave has specific responsibility for coordinating the School's award winning outreach activities.
Emma is a behavioural science leader at Unilever Research and Development in Bedford, UK, where her primary role is to drive behaviour change for better health and well-being. Her work involves drawing upon consumer and sceintific insights to help design or improve products and services within the food and drink sector. During the time at Unilever, she has worked on a broad range of collaboration projects with academics such as promoting fruit and veg intake in children, reformulation, m-health, positive psychology and playfullness in children. She has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from University of Sussex (2007) which explored the effects of beverage ingredients upon satiety. She also has degrees in Health Psychology and Psychology & Philosophy, and some time ago enjoyed a brief career in the communications industry.
Ian is an Evolutionary Psychologist, he is also the School's Research Director. He studies human behaviour in the context of our evolutionary history. His work has concentrated on perception of social properties of faces, particularly attractiveness. A lot of this work is strongly influenced by theories of sexual selection proposed by evolutionary biologists. He also has strong interests in the perception of emotion and the social perception of personality.
Jaime is a former Managing Director of Palgrave Macmillan and currently operates his own publishing consultancy as well as a literary agency specialising in commercial nonfiction. Prior to his management roles, Jaime was an accomplished psychology editor for W. W. Norton in New York and later Palgrave Macmillan in the UK, acquiring and/or editing major works by Henry Gleitman, David Perrett, Bruce Hood, Elaine Fox, James Tresilian, among others. A native of Berkeley, California, Jaime received his A.B. in Anthropology from Princeton University in 1992.
Jeff was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK). In 1999 he took a lectureship in the Department of Human Sciences at Loughborough University (UK). In 2005 he moved to the University of Bristol (UK). His current position is Professor of Experimental Psychology. Jeff co-leads the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit in the School of Psychological Science. This is one of the largest groups of its kind in the UK. Major research themes include appetite, weight control, diet, food choice, and cognitive controls of meal size. Jeff's research is supported by UK Research Councils, the European Union, and the food industry. He is a member of the UK BBSRC-DRINC Club and he sits on the Food Sector Steering Committee of the UK Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network. In 2011 the Society of the Study of Ingestive Behavior presented Jeff with the Alan N. Epstein Award for his contribution in advancing our understanding of ingestive behaviour.
Jen is a Professor and design researcher examining the implications of emerging technologies on everyday life by designing for and speculating about the near future. Her research and design work explores how increasingly computationally- embedded spaces can be creatively used towards more enchanted experiences of space and place. Jen is currently Professor of Design Futures in the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England Bristol, and a Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed.
Before joining UWE and the Watershed, Jen was Research Faculty in Media Arts + Practice and the Mobile and Co-Director of the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Jen completed her PhD in Media Arts and Practice at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, and holds an MA in Media and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Jenny's academic background is in cognitive psychology and epidemiology, with a focus on genetic and environmental influences on cognition. She read Experimental Psychology at Oxford University before moving to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge for her PhD and post-doctoral work. Since November 2008 Jenny has worked primarily at Cambridge Cognition, a UK technology company which designs cognitive and clinical testing tools for use in research, clinical trials and healthcare. In my role as Chief Scientific Officer she leads a team of scientists who develop new ways of capturing data about brain states and apply them in clinical trials and other research. They collaborate widely with scientists in academia and the pharmaceutical industry, and she remains personally involved in academic research through ongoing projects at the Universities of Cambridge, Oulu and Bristol.
Jenny has worked as an Educational Psychologist for 20 years. Her role has been applying psychology to support children, young people and families to get the most out of their education whatever their learning, social and emotional needs. Over the last 5 years Jenny has developed and run a small team providing intensive support for pupils on the autism spectrum in North Somerset Schools. In February she joined the Bristol Educational Psychology Team. They are fortunate to have strong links with the Cardiff, Exeter and Bristol University training programmes and she has valued opportunities for joint research and sharing of knowledge and practice. Recently this has included projects on working memory and adolescent sleep.
John currently carries out research on visual perception, presently, as a member of CamoLab (a collaboration between Psychology and Biological Sciences), camouflage in its various forms. John is also interested in decision making, which was the subject of his PhD and during a brief spell at a large insurance company, was fortunate to work with Nobel Laurate Daniel Kahneman and Negotiation expert Max Bazerman. Before studying for a BSc and PhD as a mature student at the University of Bristol, he was a Board level Director of two software houses in Bristol. John uses empirical research together with statistical and Bayesian approaches, including machine learning and deep networks.
Martin is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Head of Neuropsychology at North Bristol NHS Trust, a regional neurosciences centre. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol, his clinical training at the University of Melbourne, Australia and his PhD at the University of Bristol. Martin works clinically within the NHS, within the private sector and he undertakes expert witness work to assist the Courts in resolving personal injury claims. He is also the Clinical Director of Postgraduate training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol, one of only two training courses in the country providing training accredited by the British Psychological Society to support Clinical Psychologists wishing to specialise in Clinical Neuropsychology. Martin's research interests are broad within the field of applied psychology and have a focus on research for patient benefit.
Melissa joined the School of Psychological Science as the School Manager in 2014, she is responsible for the provision of professional administrative and management support for the school and student- related activity. Together with the Head of School she is responsible for writing and implementing the School strategy and policies and management of appropriate resource in order to support the successful running of the School. Prior to her present position she has had a wealth of experiences in various HE positions including Industrial placement officer and International Recruitment Manager.
Miles is CTO at Cookpad Ltd, newly based in Bristol after 7 years in Japan, and 10 in Silicon Valley. At Cookpad the focus is to simply "make everyday cooking fun", and the new Bristol HQ is the global product centre where the team aim to empower the world to enjoy cooking more. Founded in Japan 20 years ago, Cookpad is the world's biggest cooking community used by around 100 million people every month, in more than 20 languages.
Rosie completed her BSc in Psychology at the School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol, between 2006 and 2009. She then completed a PhD (2009-2013) in the same department exploring the development of expectations about a foods' capacity to provide immediate fullness (satiation) and satiety (relief from hunger) in the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit, under the supervision of Professors Jeff Brunstrom and Peter Rogers. After her PhD she completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Bath. Rosie now works full time as a clinical psychologist in the NHS at the STEPs Specialist Eating Disorders Service in Bristol. She still is involved in conducting and supervising research as part of her role and hopes to foster established and new links between her service and local academic institutions to ensure that high quality research continues to take place in the field of eating disorders in Bristol.
Sophie is the Director of Research at MQ: Transforming mental health through Research. MQ is a new charity focused on raising money from the public to fund research into mental illness. Sophie gained her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Cardiff university. After a post-doctoral position investigating the neural substrates involved in fear and anxiety, Sophie transitioned to industry and spent the next 14 years at Eli Lilly as a behavioural neuroscientist. Her work included efforts to understand the neural circuitry underpinning behavioural endophenotypes associated with Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative disease. Sophie has had a leadership role in a major EU-funded IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) project on biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease. She also recently sat on the government scientific advisory committee on the use of animals in scientific research. Sophie also holds a BSc in Anatomical science from Bristol university and a MSc in Neuroscience from Oxford university.
Steve is Group Chairman of Elmwood Design, one of the world's leading design consultancies. He had a long career in global marketing communications and was COO for Leo Burnett Worldwide and CEO of Lowe & Partners 2 of the world's largest advertising agency groups. He ran corporate development for Interpublic Group, a Fortune 500 business before moving into the media and technology innovation space in 2010.He is a director and advisor to several ventures in the media, ad tech and connected play arenas. Steve advised the University of Bristol on the development of its Centre for Innovation. He is a trustee of Watershed and is a director of Watershed Ventures. Steve leads the Watershed's Artful Innovation programme which supports new ventures that harness the power of arts and technology. He is a graduate of psychology from University of Bristol.