I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Durham University, UK.

I am originally from New Zealand, where I completed BSc and MSc degrees in Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. I moved to the UK to undertake a doctorate in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, under the supervision of Martin Davies, who was then Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy. I then took up a lectureship in Psychology at King Alfred’s College Winchester (now University of Winchester). From there I moved to Durham University, where I have been since 2003.

My research focuses on the psychological and neural mechanisms underpinning our ability to perceive social information, such as emotions and personality traits, from faces and bodies. I am a member of the Durham Centre for Imaging (DCI) and of Durham University’s Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition.