School of Psychology
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Subject Areas: Psychology
Simon is an applied psychological scientist in the School of Psychology with expertise in human cognition, experimental psychology and research design. His interests have also broadened into clinical areas because since 2013, he has been seconded to Ashworth Research Centre on a part-time basis to develop research projects in forensic mental health. Simon teaches on all years of the undergraduate programmes and on the Forensic and Clinical MSc programmes.
Aside from a year spent teaching mathematics in a high school in the Caribbean, Simon has been involved in psychology since 1990. He carried out his undergraduate and postgraduate work in psychology at the University of Liverpool, taking his PhD in 1998 for research on the influence of ambient odour on human cognition. After six years of teaching and research at the University of Liverpool, Simon joined the School of Psychology at UCLan in 2004. Simon was seconded in 2013 to join Ashworth Research Centre (ARC) at Ashworth Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. ARC is an NHS-funded UCLan research unit and the only independent academic research unit working within a high-secure mental health hospital in the UK. As a Research Fellow at ARC, Simon leads the development of research projects across a broad spectrum issues in response to specific needs in mental health service delivery. For example, he has developed an innovative tool (the MSORT) to record clinically meaningful data during supportive observations and he led the evaluation of the effects of the night-time confinement policy in a high secure mental health service.
Chu, S., McNeill, K., Ireland, J.L. & Qurashi, I. (2015). Facial emotion recognition and sleep in mentally disordered patients: A natural experiment in a high security hospital. Psychiatry Research, 230, 725-727.
Barker, L.F., Ireland, J.F., Chu, S. & Ireland, C.A. (2016). Sleep and its association with aggression among prisoners: Quantity or quality? International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 47, 115–121.
Simon’s research training is in mainstream cognitive psychology (e.g. human memory, face processing) but his recent work at ARC has involved mental health and health service delivery. Simon is currently involved in developing and managing clinical trials in mental health, as well as improving service delivery in mental health services.
Recent external funding
1. Co-investigator, Project Manager. A feasibility trial of glycopyrrolate in comparison to hyoscine hydrobromide and placebo in the treatment of clozapine-induced hypersalivation. National Institute of Health Research - Research for Patient Benefit stream, £238k. Jan 2016 – Sept 2017.
2. Co-investigator. A randomised double blind placebo controlled pilot study of minocycline and/or Omega-3 fatty acids added to treatment as usual for At Risk Mental States. Stanley Medical Research Institute, US$298k, Oct 2015 – Sept 2018.
Simon teaches part-time in the School on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He leads a module on clinical research design on the MSc Applied Clinical Psychology programme, and contributes to teaching delivery in forensic psychology in Year 1 and Year 2 of the undergraduate psychology programmes in the School. He is also supervises a number of PhD students as well as supervising postgraduate research projects for the MSc Forensic Psychology programme.