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Dr Paul Richardson BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCE

Principal Lecturer in Psychology


I am the Markets & Recruitment Lead, Academic Work Planner and Deputy Group Leader in Psychology. In these roles I ensure that psychology colleagues have a fair and equitable workload and that all teaching is delivered efficiently and by appropriately qualified members of psychology staff. I also have line management responsibility for Associate Lecturers and colleagues in the Psychology group.


After first graduating with a degree in psychology, I was employed in the NHS for several years that gave me the opportunity to work with a wide range of client services; I developed a particular interest in working alongside those who developed or had acquired brain injuries. Once I decided to return to University, I honed this interest in neuropsychology with a specific focus in atypical child development via my MSc and PhD awards in the psychology department at Essex. Working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit at the University of Manchester, I was involved with a fMRI project investigating the neural correlates of impulsivity and empathy in those with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). After 5 years in this role, I began to acquire an interest in teaching due to lecturing medical students. This interest led me to gaining my current position as a Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. I have been here since 2007, and really enjoy being able to develop new research interests, lately in deception and malingering) whilst teaching on a raft of topics. My teaching duties are predominantly at post-graduate level and are closely aligned to these research interests, and so primarily involve neuropsychology, neuroscience and much to my constant amusement, I also find teaching research methods and statistics to be a rewarding experience!

Principal Lecturer

  • Malingering & Deception
  • Dark Triad of Personality


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Social Sciences and Arts


  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Developmental Psychology
  • MSc Psychology
  • MSc Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics


  • Psychology Research Group
  • Cognitive and Neuroscience Research Group


Journal articles

Gheorghes, T., Richardson, P., & Reidy, J. (2020). Local biases drive, but do not determine, the perception of illusory trajectories. Scientific Reports.

Lethbridge, E., Richardson, P., Reidy, L., & Taroyan, N. (2017). Exploring the Relationship between Callous-Unemotional Traits, Empathy Processing and Affective Valence in a General Population. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 13 (1), 162-172.

Chaudhry, I.B., Hallak, J., Husain, N., Minhas, F., Stirling, J., Richardson, P., ... Deakin, B. (2012). Minocycline benefits negative symptoms in early schizophrenia : a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial in patients on standard treatment. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26 (9), 1185-1193.

Callaghan, M.J., McKie, S., Richardson, P., & Oldham, J.A. (2012). Effects of patellar taping on brain activity during knee joint proprioception tests using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Physical Therapy, 92 (6), 821-830.

McKie, S., Richardson, P., Elliott, R., Völlm, B.A., Dolan, M.C., Williams, S.R., ... Deakin, J.F.W. (2011). Mirtazapine antagonises the subjective, hormonal and neuronal effects of m-chlorophenylpiperazine (mCPP) infusion: A pharmacological-challenge fMRI (phMRI) study. NeuroImage, 58 (2), 497-507.

Völlm, B., Richardson, P., McKie, S., Reniers, R., Elliott, R., Anderson, I.M., ... Deakin, B. (2010). Neuronal correlates and serotonergic modulation of behavioural inhibition and reward in healthy and antisocial individuals. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 44 (3), 123-131.

Saliba, A.J., Wragg, K., & Richardson, P. (2009). Sweet taste preference and personality traits using a white wine. Food Quality and Preference, 20 (8), 572-575.

Völlm, B.A., Zhao, L., Richardson, P., Clark, L., Deakin, J.F.W., Williams, S., & Dolan, M.C. (2009). A voxel-based morphometric MRI study in men with borderline personality disorder: preliminary findings. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 19 (1), 64-72.

Richardson, P., Williams, S.R., Hepenstall, S., Gregory, L., McKie, S., & Corrigan, F. (2009). A single-case fMRI Study EMDR treatment of a patient with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 3 (1), 10-23.

Völlm, B., Richardson, P., McKie, S., Elliott, R., Dolan, M., & Deakin, B. (2007). Neuronal correlates of reward and loss in Cluster B personality disorders: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging, 156 (2), 151-167.

Anderson, I.M., Del-Ben, C.M., McKie, S., Richardson, P., Williams, S.R., Elliott, R., & William Deakin, J.F. (2007). Citalopram modulation of neuronal responses to aversive face emotions: A functional MRI study. NeuroReport, 18 (13), 1351-1355.

Temple, C.M., & Richardson, P. (2006). Developmental amnesias: fractionation of developing memory systems. Cognitive neuropsychology, 23 (5), 762-788.

Vollm, B.A., Taylor, A.N.W., Richardson, P., Corcoran, R., Stirling, J., McKie, S., ... Elliott, R. (2006). Neuronal correlates of theory of mind and empathy: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study in a nonverbal task. NeuroImage, 29 (1), 90-98.

Elliott, R., Völlm, B., Drury, A., McKie, S., Richardson, P., & Deakin, J.F.W. (2006). Co-operation with another player in a financially rewarded guessing game activates regions implicated in theory of mind. Social neuroscience, 1 (3-4), 385-395.

Vollm, B.A., Richardson, P., McKie, S., Elliott, R., Deakin, J.F.W., & Anderson, I.M. (2006). Serotonergic modulation of neuronal responses to behavioural inhibition and reinforcing stimuli: an fMRI study in healthy volunteers. European journal of neuroscience, 23 (2), 552-560.

Temple, C.M., & Richardson, P. (2004). Developmental amnesia: a new pattern of dissociation with intact episodic memory. Neuropsychologia, 42 (6), 764-781.

Völlm, B., Richardson, P., Stirling, J., Elliott, R., Dolan, M., Chaudhry, I., ... Deakin, B. (2004). Neurobiological substrates of antisocial and borderline personality disorder: Preliminary results of a functional fMRI study. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 14 (1), 39-54.

Theses / Dissertations

Denniss, R.J. (2021). Micronutrient intervention effects on cognitive outcomes in post-acute traumatic brain injury. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Barker, L., Day, C., & Richardson, P.

Lethbridge, E.M. (2015). Callous-unemotional trait modulation of the neurological processing of empathy and emotion. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Richardson, P., Reidy, L., & Taroyan, N.

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