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Dr Paul Richardson BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCE

Principal Lecturer in Psychology


Summary

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.

About

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


Teaching

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Social Sciences and Arts

Psychology

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

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics

Research

  • Psychology Research Group
  • Cognitive and Neuroscience Research Group

Publications

Journal articles

Gheorghes, T., Richardson, P., & Reidy, J. (2020). Local biases drive, but do not determine, the perception of illusory trajectories. Scientific Reports. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64837-0

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. http://doi.org/10.5964/ejop.v13i1.1179

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. http://doi.org/10.1177/0269881112444941

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. http://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20110209

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.06.049

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2009.07.005

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2009.05.009

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. http://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.716

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. http://doi.org/10.1891/1933-3196.3.1.10

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pscychresns.2007.04.008

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. http://doi.org/10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282742115

Temple, C.M., & Richardson, P. (2006). Developmental amnesias: fractionation of developing memory systems. Cognitive neuropsychology, 23 (5), 762-788. http://doi.org/10.1080/02643290500538315

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.07.022

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. http://doi.org/10.1080/17470910601041358

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1460-9568.2005.04571.x

Temple, C.M., & Richardson, P. (2004). Developmental amnesia: a new pattern of dissociation with intact episodic memory. Neuropsychologia, 42 (6), 764-781. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2003.11.006

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. http://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.559

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. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00356

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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