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Research interests

I previously obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Glasgow followed by an MSc and PhD. Since then, I've contributed to or led a variety of research projects funded by RCUK, government agencies and private bodies. Working across multiple disciplines, my research has been published in psychology, medical, public health, computer science and communication journals with results often re-appearing on radio and television.

Most of my work considers the data that digital technologies collect and how the resulting information can provide insights about individuals and their behaviour, delivering positive social, economic and industrial impacts. For example, opportunities afforded by new technology are perfectly suited to understanding how people behave in everyday life. However, unlike other methodological developments in psychology (e..g, eye-tracking or fMRI), mass-adopted technologies (e.g., smartphones, social media and video games) are subjects of interest in their own right. I am equally interested in the impact this technology has on people and society more broadly.

Personal Website

Psychology Sensor Lab

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)

Serial missed appointments in the NHS 

National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (REPHRAIN)

Blog ("Misc")

Other responsibilities

Academic Ethics and Integrity Committee - Member

Healthy Later Living Network – Steering Group Member

REPHRAIN Ethics Board (PI/Co-I) Member

Module coordinator: Business Analytics

Teaching interests

I’m a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education academy (SFHEA) and have taught extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes the development and delivery of MSc and BSc programs that often bridge the gap between management, psychology and computational social science. Where relevant, I aim to integrate and highlight the importance of open science practices as part of my teaching and research. This includes using a variety of technologies that help reveal methodological, statistical and systematic issues that could impair the robustness of scientific claims we encounter every day.

Underpinning much of my teaching is the supervision and mentoring of research students and staff. Having published papers with undergraduate and postgraduate students, I have also co-authored teaching materials. This includes a number of papers and online resources that help other academics develop statistical resources for their own teaching purposes (Ellis & Merdian, 2018; Ellis & Merdian, 2015). The earlier reference appeared as part of a Research Topic in Frontiers in Psychology entitled: Research methods pedagogy: Engaging students in research methods and statistics.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Graduates or undergraduates who wish to undertake research in my lab or in conjuction with associated groups are welcome to contact me directly.

External positions

REPHRAIN Project Lead

2020 → …

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow

2019 → …

CREST Core Researcher

2018 → …

Affiliate status, University of Glasgow

20152017

Visting Fellow, University of Lincoln

2015 → …

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