Welcome to the psychology expert Q & A page. See below to check out a series of fascinating interviews with experts spanning a range of psychology related subject areas.
Dr Sohom Das (MBChB, BSc, MSc, MRCPsych) is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist who lives and works in London. This niche specialism involves the crossroads of offending and severe mental illness. In his role, Sohom assesses and rehabilitates mentally disordered offenders in prisons, courts and in special secure psychiatric units, such as Broadmoor Hospital, that are reserved for the most dangerous and violent mentally ill patients. He is an experienced expert witness, who regularly provides evidence in Criminal Court, including the Old Bailey.
Sohom hosts a YouTube channel, named ‘A Psych for Sore Minds’, and posts at least 2 videos every week. He dissects a variety of mental health issues and proffers his own opinions. Some episodes are related to offending, such as diagnosing and working with psychopaths, prisoners faking mental illness and his personal analysis of high-profile mentally ill criminals (such as the Yorkshire Ripper). Other videos address more common psychiatric issues, such as exploring individual diagnoses, the process of being sectioned, life on a psychiatric unit, and answering his viewers’ questions. Sohom also interviews a variety of guests about their experience of mental illness; this has included previous patients, an ex-prisoner and a police officer who has suffered trauma in the line of duty. You can access the interview with Dr Sohom Das via the following link.
Professor Brian Little received his early education in British Columbia and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught with distinction at Oxford, Carleton, McGill and Harvard Universities. He was elected as a Favorite Professor at Harvard for three consecutive years.
He is currently a Research Professor at Cambridge University where he teaches in the Department of Psychology and the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also a Senior Fellow with the People Analytics Group at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University.
Professor Little is a pioneer in the study of personality, motivation and well-being. He has written a bestselling book, Me Myself and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-being, and his new book, Who are You Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality, based on his extremely popular TED 2016 talk, was published in August, 2017. You can access the interview with Professor Brian Little via the following link.
Dr. Kate Lund is a licensed clinical psychologist and performance coach with more than 15 years experience. An adjunct instructor in psychology at Bastyr University in Seattle, she has specialized training in medical psychology from three different hospitals all of which are affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
A renowned expert on the psychology of resilience, Dr. Lund writes and speaks on a variety of topics aimed at empowerment and the development of one's true potential and uses a strengths-based approach in working with students, athletes, parents, and teams to improve their mental game in school, sports and life while helping them to reach their full potential. You can access the interview with Dr. Kate Lund via the following link.
A Clinical-Forensic Psychologist at Bricklin Associates, Barry Bricklin, Ph.D., served on the faculty and/or lectured at Jefferson Medical College, Hahnemann Medical College, Widener University, Temple University, and Johns Hopkins University, teaching psychotherapeutic, psycho-diagnostic and forensic procedures.
Dr. Bricklin is the author of dozens of books, book chapters, and articles on psychology, psychotherapy, marriage problems, child custody issues and neuroscience. Several of his books have been translated into multiple languages. You can access the interview with Dr. Barry Bricklin via the following link.
Dr. Celine Mullins has over 15 years experience as a Psychologist, Coach and Training Consultant working across Multinationals, SME’s, Governmental and Educational agencies. Dr. Mullins is the CEO and Founder of Adaptas, a Leadership Development Training organisation, developing managers and leaders and teams, in Ireland and Internationally. She founded adaptas to put a gigantic spin on more traditional approaches to learning, which she believes often fall short of making real and lasting change happen.
With a focus on narrowing the gap between the training room and the real world, and using what we know about the brain and behaviour from psychology and neuroscience, Celine’s specialties include; leadership communication, eradicating behaviours and limiting beliefs that restrict performance and relationships, while improving team communication and collaboration. You can access the interview with Dr. Celine Mullins via the following link.
Learning consultant Margie Meacham (aka 'The Brain Lady') teaches people how to design and deliver training that is compelling, memorable and immediately useful by applying the latest discoveries from the converging fields of learning science. The author of "Brain Matters: How to help anyone learn anything using neuroscience" believes that if you understand how the brain works you can become a better teacher, trainer, leader, spouse or parent and have more fun doing it. You can access the interview with Margie Meacham via the following link.
Dr. Kevin Fleming is Founder of a cutting edge neuroscience-infused executive/leadership development and behavior change consulting firm called Grey Matters International, Inc. (www.greymattersintl.com). Leveraging not just sharp-witted strategies to address irrationality, but also neurotechnology for radical shifts in decision making, Dr. Fleming achieves breakthroughs for his C-level clients that have far-reaching transformations from the Board room to their marriage/family life.
His thought leadership has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, New York Times and many top media outlets. He has been invited to speak to top leaders in the Middle East, as well as Cabinet Members for the King of Jordan, on neuroscience strategies for business transformation, and has received praise from faculty in both Harvard Medical and Business schools around his respected work. You can access the interview with Dr. Kevin Fleming via the following link.
Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Jay Phoenix Singh, is a faculty member at both the University of Cambridge and the University of Pennsylvania. The author of over 75 peer-reviewed articles and books, he completed his graduate doctoral studies in psychiatry at the University of Oxford and clinical psychology at Universitat Konstanz.
The recipient of multiple awards, including the prestigious 2015 Saleem Shah Early Career Excellence Award from the American Board of Forensic Psychology and the 2015 Early Career Professional Award from Division 52 of the American Psychological Assocition, Dr. Singh is certified in the administration of over 60 risk assessment tools, malingering assessment tools, competency evaluation tools, intelligence tests, personality tests, child behavioral assessment tools, investigative interviewing techniques, and criminal thinking tools.
An internationally acclaimed expert in the field of forensic and correctional psychology, Dr. Singh is a popular and respected media commentator, who regularly appears in print and broadcast media to share his expert insights. You can access the interview with Dr. Jay Phoenix Singh via the following link.
Ginny Smith studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Psychology and Neuroscience, and now spreads her love of science as a science writer and presenter. She performs her range of science shows about the brain at science festivals and to school groups in the UK and internationally, as well as teaching at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education.
Ginny is a presenter and producer for the British Psychological Society's Psych Crunch podcast, a regular on the Cosmic Shambles Network, and previously worked with the Naked Scientists and Cambridge TV. She loves to write science articles for a general audience and is a regular writer for DK science books. You can access the interview with Ginny Smith via the following link.
David Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Criminology and the founding Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University. Prior to his academic career, Professor Wilson worked for the prison service at Grendon, Wormwood Scrubs and at Woodhill in Milton Keynes - here he designed and ran two units for the 12 most violent prisoners in the country, bringing him into contact with nearly every recent British serial killer. At 29, he became the youngest prison governor in the country.
A respected media commentator, Professor Wilson regularly appears in the print and broadcast media to share his expert insights e.g. Channel 4's 'Interview with a Murderer', ITV1’s 'Bring Back Borstal' and on Channel 5’s 'David Wilson’s Psychopaths'. The author of numerous books on serial killers, crime and punishment and penal reform, his professional memoir will be published in 2019. You can access the interview with Professor Wilson via the following link.
Blake Harvard is an AP Psychology teacher at James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. He has been teaching for about a decade and received his M. Ed. and B. S. degrees from the University of Montevallo. Blake has a passionate interest in cognition and psychology; particularly in relation to education and learning. As a result, he began penning his blog The Effortful Educator to highlight research being done on learning, memory, and cognition and their connections to the classroom. You can access the interview with Blake Harvard via the following link.
Karen Franklin, PhD, is a forensic psychologist and an adjunct professor at Alliant University in San Francisco. She conducts ethics training for clinical and forensic professionals in the United States and internationally. Her published research – including on hate crime motivations, group rape and ethics in forensic diagnosis – garnered a 2012 award for Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology. You can access the interview with Dr. Karen Franklin via the following link.
Dr. Raj Persaud is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked as a Consultant at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley NHS Hospitals in London from 1994-2008, and as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. These are the premiere research and training institutions for Psychiatry in Europe.
In 2004 Dr. Persaud was appointed Visiting Professor for Public Understanding of Psychiatry at Gresham College, and he was asked by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to edit its first book aimed at educating the public on psychology and psychiatry. 'The Mind: A Users Guide' was published in 2007 and reached the top ten best-seller list. All of his 5 previous books have been top ten best-sellers. In 2005 he accepted an invitation to deliver one of the most prestigious lectures in British Medicine - The Whittington Oration.
The Independent on Sunday Newspaper conducted a poll amongst members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Institute of Psychiatry to discover who were the top ten psychiatrists in the UK as rated by fellow psychiatrists. Dr. Raj Persaud was the youngest doctor to make it into this esteemed list. The Times Newspaper also placed him as one of the Top Twenty Mental Health Gurus in the world. You can access the interview with Dr. Raj Persaud via the following link.
Dr. David B. Feldman is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. Feldman holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a fellowship with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a medical center associated with Stanford University.
He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, California, where he has been on faculty for more than a decade. His research focuses on hope, meaning, and growth in the face of life's difficulties, and he has been instrumental in developing Hope Therapy and applying it to various populations. He has authored numerous academic articles and book chapters as well as presented nationally and internationally on these topics. In addition, Dr. Feldman writes regularly for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post; has appeared in such magazines as SELF, U.S. News & World Report,'O':The Oprah Magazine, and Harvard Business Review; and has been interviewed for national television and radio.
He is the author of three books - Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success (HarperCollins), Public Speaking for Psychologists: A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself (American Psychological Association), and The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One (New Harbinger).
Dr. Feldman is a passionate advocate for sharing the insights of scientific psychology with the public, and his podcast, 'Psychology in 10 Minutes,' is available through any podcast app or at psychologyin10minutes.com. You can access the interview with Dr. David Feldman via the following link.
Art Markman, Ph.D., is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. A renowned cognitive scientist and author, Dr. Markman has published over 150 scholarly works on topics in higher-level thinking including the effects of motivation on learning and performance, analogical reasoning, categorization, decision making, and creativity.
A much sought-after expert within the workplace and broadcast media, Dr. Markman consults for companies interested in using Cognitive Science in their businesses and is on the scientific advisory boards for the Dr. Phil Show and the Dr. Oz Show. You can access the interview with Dr. Art Markman via the following link.
Richard Nisbett, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and Co-Director of the Culture and Cognition Program at the University of Michigan. A world renowned psychologist, Professor Nisbett's primary research interests include the study of reasoning and basic cognitive processes; most notably in relation to induction, statistical reasoning, causal attribution, cost-benefit analysis and logical vs. dialectical approaches to problem-solving.
Among his many professional accolades, Richard Nisbett received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in 1991 and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002. You can access the interview with Professor Richard Nisbett via the following link.
Peter Kinderman, Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust. He is also Head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool, with over 220 academic staff (32 of them professors) comprising psychiatrists, GPs, clinical and other applied psychologists, sociologists, public health physicians, nurses, sociologists and academics.
Professor Kinderman's research interests include the psychopathology of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorder and he has been instrumental in developing internationally renowned models of paranoid thought and mania which form the basis of recognised therapeutic interventions.
A highly sought-after expert within broadcast media, Professor Kinderman has contributed to several productions in the field of mental health, most notably hosting a two-episode BBC Horizon show exploring the role of diagnosis in mental health. You can access the interview with Professor Peter Kinderman via the following link.
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost authority on positive psychology coaching. He is an ICF certified coach and has trained professionals in his techniques in 24 countries.
A highly sought after keynote speaker and trainer, Dr. Biswas-Diener has published more than 50 academic articles and chapters on happiness and other positive topics in peer-reviewed journals. He is also author of 8 books including The Upside of Your Dark Side (2014). You can access the interview with Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener via the following link.
Gina Perry is a psychologist and writer. Her feature articles, columns, and essays have been published in The Age and The Australian, and her short fiction has been published in a number of literary magazines, including Meanjin, Westerly, and Island.
Her co-production of the ABC Radio National documentary about the obedience experiments, 'Beyond the Shock Machine', won the Silver World Medal for a history documentary in the 2009 New York Festivals radio awards. She teaches in the Master of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. You can access the interview with Gina Perry via the following link.
Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer. She presents the critically acclaimed All in the Mind & Mind Changers series on BBC Radio 4, and also the BBC World Service series "The Truth About Mental Health?"
Claudia regularly appears on TV to discuss research in psychology, and is on the part-time faculty at Boston University's London base where she lectures in health and social psychology. You can access the interview with Claudia Hammond via the following link.
Richard E. Cytowic, MD, MFA, is Professor of Neurology at George Washington University, and best known for bringing the study of synesthesia back to mainstream science. You can access the interview with Richard E. Cytowic via the following link.
Chris French, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is renowned for his research on the psychology of paranormal belief; particularly his work on non-paranormal accounts of ostensibly paranormal experiences (ESP, PK, psychic readings, psychic healing, alternative and complementary medicine, out-of-body and near-death experiences, astrology and other divinatory techniques, reincarnation, UFOs and alien abduction, ghosts and poltergeists, crystal power and dowsing etc).
A special advisor and former Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic Magazine, the UK's foremost and longest-running skeptical magazine, Professor French is regularly called upon in the media to offer a psychological perspective on various paranormal claims. He is also a columnist for the Guardian’s online science pages. You can access the interview with Dr. Chris French via the following link.
Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
The author of over 250 articles academic articles and several books including 'Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology and Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding,' Dr. Lilienfeld's major areas of research include; personality disorders, psychiatric classification and diagnosis, evidence-based practices in psychology, and the challenges posed by pseudoscience to clinical psychology. You can access the interview with Dr. Scott Lilienfeld via the following link.
Angela Bloomquist, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology and program coordinator for the graduate-level school psychology master of science and certification program at the California University of Pennsylvania.
A certified school psychologist with over a decade of field experience, Dr. Bloomquist presents in-service training programs to local educators on a variety of topics related to school psychology and serves as a National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) program reviewer for school psychology graduate programs across the United States. You can access the interview with Dr. Angela Bloomquist via the following link.
Thalia R. Goldstein, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Psychology at Pace University whose research interests lie at the intersection of social cognition and imagination. Dr. Goldstein is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on children's role play, the effects of acting training on social skills, the psychology of aesthetics and how we understand fiction.
A Postdocotral Fellow at Yale University who earned a Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Cornell University, Dr. Goldstein spent several years as a professional actress and dancer in New York. You can access the interview with Dr. Thalia Goldstein via the following link.
A professor of criminology and sociology at Drew University, Dr. Scott Bonn is an acclaimed author and renowned expert on the behavior and motivations of criminals. A respected media commentator, Dr. Bonn is frequently called upon to share his insights into various types of crime, including white-collar, state crime, bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault and serial homicide. You can access the interview with Dr. Scott Bonn via the following link.
Stian Reimers, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in psychology at City University London. A renowned behavioural scientist, Dr. Reimers primary research interest is high-level cognition, in particular judgement and decision making, how humans and other animals represent and make decisions involving time and how and why people's discounting of delayed rewards varies across individuals and contexts.
Dr. Reimers is also known for his work on psychology and public policy and the ways in which policy issues are represented among the population. He has conducted both academic and commercial research on the psychology of taxation, how people represent taxes, and how framing affects people's preference for their preferred progressiveness of a tax system. You can access the interview with Dr. Stian Reimers via the following link.
Dr. Barbara Masser is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. She has over 60 papers and reports examining applied social psychological problems. Her work focuses on how jurors perceive victims of sexual assault, and how beliefs about gender influence people’s perceptions more broadly.
Dr. Masser is also Australia’s leading researcher examining the psychology of blood donation where she works with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to promote effective donor recruitment and retention strategies. Dr. Masser has received University and National teaching awards for her four year applied social psychology course and tutor training program. You can access the interview with Barbara Masser via the following link.
A member of the American Psychological Association and an expert in the causes and reduction of emotional distress, Dr. Guy Winch is a much sought after keynote speaker and internationally renowned author.
Dr. Winch received his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University in 1991 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in family and couples therapy at NYU Medical Center. He has been working with individuals, couples and families in his private practice in Manhattan, since 1992. You can access the interview with Dr. Guy Winch via the following link.
Dr. Kent Kiehl is a leading authority in the use of clinical brain imaging techniques to understand major mental illnesses, with special focus on criminal psychopathy, psychotic disorders, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse and paraphilias.
An associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of New Mexico, with over 140 peer-review publications to his name, Dr. Kiehl is also co-director of the nonprofit Mind Research Network and serves as a legal consultant on criminal and civil cases involving neuroscience and law. You can access the interview with Dr. Kent Kiehl via the following link.
Dr Christian Jarrett has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He edits the BPS Research Digest blog and is the presenter of the British Psychological Society podcast 'PsychCrunch.'
Dr. Jarrett writes a column on personality and a column on productivity for BBC Future and 99U.com respectively and he is also an expert panelist for BBC Focus. Previously, he has written articles on brain sceince for New York Magazine, WIRED, and Psychology Today. You can access the interview with Dr Christian Jarrett via the following link.
Wray Herbert is an award-winning Washington, DC-based science journalist who has been communicating psychological science to the public for more than 25 years. He has been a reporter, writer and editor at Science News, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and a regular columnist for Newsweek, Scientific American Mind, The Association for Psychological Science and The Huffington Post.
He is a fellow at the Carter Center for Mental Health Journalism, and the author of the highly acclaimed book 'On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's hard-Wired Habits.' You can access the interview with Wray Herbert via the following link.
Joyce Arditti is Professor of Human Development at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include family disruption, parent-child relationships in vulnerable families, and public policy. Her scholarship is recognized nationally and abroad and she has published numerous empirical and review articles in therapy, human services, family studies, and criminal justice journals. You can access the interview with Joyce Arditti via the following link.
Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University. Dr. Goldberg's research interests include how a variety of social locations (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, social class) and contexts (e.g., work, family, community) shape processes of development and mental health. Her research focuses on parenthood, relationship quality, and well-being in diverse families (e.g., adoptive parent families, lesbian/gay parent families) in an effort to increase our understanding of family diversity. You can access the interview with Abbie Goldberg via the following link.
Ryan Holiday is a renowned media strategist and influential speaker and writer on self-awareness. After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multi-platinum musicians. He is the director of marketing at American Apparel, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google.
A bestselling author, Ryan Holiday's first book, Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. You can access the interview with Ryan Holiday via the following link.
Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. His research, supported by the National Institute of Health, has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology.
Dr. Small lectures throughout the world, frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning American, PBS, and CNN and is a bestselling author. His books include The Memory Bible, The Alzheimer's Prevention Program and 2 Weeks To A Younger Brain. You can access the interview with Gary Small via the following link.
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