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Professor David Donaldson


Psychology University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor David Donaldson

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  • Telephone7657/6371

ORCID ORCHID 0000-0002-8036-3455

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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.

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 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, acted as Cheif Examiner for the MSc in Health Psychology and been the Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Natural Sciences. 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 MSc/MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL., and currently for the MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at Manchester.

Research 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. My current focus is on Mobile Cognition - the translation of lab based psychophysiological measurements into the real world, and as part of this I lead a University of Stirling Dragon's Den group on Mobile Cognition. 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 / Faculty Contribution

Head of Psychology, University of Stirling (January 2012- Present)

Lecturer in Psychology, University of Stirling (January 2001- February 2004)

Professor in Psychology, University of Stirling (August 2007- Present)

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Stirling (March 2004- July 2007)

Wellcome Trust International Post-Doctoral Travelling Research Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis (January 1999- December 2000)


BSc (1st Class Honors) in Psychology (October 1991- July 1994)
University of Manchester

PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (September 1995- August 1998)
University of St Andrews

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