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Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Research interests

My research focuses on examining the relationship between healthy ageing and associated cognitive/neuroanatomical changes. Having completed post-doctoral positions investigating stereological measurements of the temporal lobe in encephalitis and, more recently, the role of the medial temporal lobe in supporting recognition memory, my research interests now focus primarily on quantitative MRI and computational neuroanatomy.

Further information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0161 275 2697

Teaching

Deputy Director for MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience: 

  • Image Analysis (BIOL62121)
  • Functional Neuroanatomy (BIOL62141) - Unit Lead
  • Neuroimaging Techniques (BIOL62101) - Unit Lead
  • Advanced Image Analysis (BIOL62152)
  • Cognitive Psychology for Clinical Neuroscience (BIOL62112) - Unit Lead
  • Research Project (BIOL62180) - Unit Lead

University of Manchester seminar series for staff/students - SPM Methods: Dynamic Causal Modelling 

Manchester Neuroimaging Methods workshops - Diffusion Tensor Imaging in FSL

Supervision of students for:

  • MSc Medical Imaging
  • MSc Neuroimaging in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Organisation for Human Brain Mapping

British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience

Methodological knowledge

Experience in planimetry and stereological measurement of neuroanatomy.

Multi-modal MRI acquisition and analysis.

Neuropsychological assessment.

Experimental design in behavioural and neuroimaging studies.

 

Qualifications

PhD Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Manchester 

MRes Psychological Research Methods (specialism in Cognitive Neuroscience) - Aston University 

BSc Psychological Science (Hons) - University of Hertfordshire 

 

Biography

My first degree was obtained from the University of Hertfordshire (Psych Sciences) in 2006, followed by a Masters in Psychological Research Methods from Aston University (2008) and a PhD in Advanced Medical Imaging/Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Manchester in 2013. In the interim periods, I worked on various projects ranging from investigating functional connectivity changes in healthy ageing, exploring associations of tissue inflammation in the temporal lobe with severity of encephalitis, to most recently working on a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring the role of the medial temporal lobes in recognition memory. I currently work as a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology here at the University of Manchester, where I primarily teach on the Masters in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience.

My collaborations

Dr Laura Parkes 

Professor Daniela Montaldi 

Professor Geoff Parker (University College London)

Dr Hamied Haroon 

Dr Alex Kafkas  

Dr Helen Beaumont

Dr Martyn McFarquhar

Dr Stephanie Baines (University of Bangor)

Dr Nicola Ray (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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