Professor David Donaldson

Professor David Donaldson

Professor 01786 467657

Psychology 3a89 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

I am a Professor and Head of the Division of Psychology, located within the School of Natural Sciences. My main role is to manage and lead the Division, alongside on-going teaching and research activities, but I retain an avid interest in psychological theories, experiments and data. I have been at Stirling since 2001, and value its combination of being student focused and research intensive. In addition, I am the Deputy Dean of Natural Sciences, supporting the success of the Faculty as a whole.

Teaching and Admin

My key teaching responsibility at Stirling is as Course Coordinator for the MSc in Psychological Research Methods; I guest lecture on third year cognition (PSY9AC), as well as running final year elective classes and supervising dissertation projects. I am also the Chief Examiner for the MSc in Health Psychology here at Stirling. I am heavily involved in administration and committee work at Stirling, including membership of the School Executive, and Chair of both the Psychology Staff Committee and Professors Committee. Within the wider University I have been a member of the Education and Student Experience Committee (ESEC) and Stirling Graduate School (SGS) working groups.

I have always been actively involved in the wider academic community, ranging from membership of the steering committee for the Scottish & NI Hub of Vitae, acting as Secretary for the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, being a core member of the BBSRC Animal Sciences Grant Review Board, and membership of the QAA Benchmark review group for Psychology. I am currently Chair of AHPD, part of the BPS Impact review group, and a Research Assessor for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. I am also regularly involved in external examining, including PhD examining and external examiner - formerly for the MRes in Psychology at Aberdeen, and currently for the MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at Manchester, and MSc/MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL.


My core research interest is in human episodic memory, stemming from a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory at the University of St Andrews. Since coming to Stirling in 2001 I have developed a traditional human EEG research lab (the Psychological Imaging Laboratory), but have recently become increasingly interested in the development of mobile cognition. I am excited about the possibility of moving traditional methods (EEG, eye-tracking) out of the laboratory and into the real world. Ultimately, I am a cognitive psychologist at heart, interested in how human memory works - or, as often as not, how it doesn't work.

In Stirling I am a member of the Cognition in Complex Environments research group, which provides a forum for collaborations that cut across traditional boundaries between perception, attention, language and development. I am also Stirling University lead (PI) for SINAPSE, a Scottish Universities Neuroimaging pooling group funded by the SFC, which provides cross-institutional opportunities for engaging in neuroimaging research.

I am always happy to discuss research ideas and to meet with potential students. Please feel free to email or visit during my office hours.

Divisional/School Contribution

  • Lecturer in Psychology, University of Stirling (January 2001- February 2004)
  • Wellcome Trust International Post-Doctoral Travelling Research Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis (January 1999- December 2000)
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Stirling (March 2004- July 2007)
  • Professor in Psychology, University of Stirling (August 2007- Present)
  • Head of Psychology, University of Stirling (January 2012- Present)


  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (September 1995- August 1998)
  • BSc (1st Class Honors) in Psychology (October 1991- July 1994)
© University of Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland UK • Telephone +44 1786 473171 • Scottish Charity No SC011159
Portal Logon

Forgotten login?