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Academic Biography

Christopher Wilson obtained his PhD from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2010 where he was awarded a scholarship for doctoral research by the Irish Research Council (IRCHSS). He is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Christopher has taught on a range of modules at Teesside University across all levels of the psychology programme. Over the last several years he has taught research methods and analysis at Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral level. He supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research.

Summary of Research Interests

Christopher is an experimental researcher who is currently focused on decision-making and attnetion related to risk and is particularly interested in individual financial decision-making. He uses fNIRS, Eyetracking, Virtual Reality and web-based experimental approaches in this work. 

Christopher collaborates with researchers internally and externally on a range of topics. Contributions to these projects are often in the areas of research design, programming bespoke experimental tasks or statistical analysis (R, SPSS).

Christopher's Ph.D. work was on the experimental examination of anxiety processes and emotional regulation strategies from a behavioural perspective with Relational Frame Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as the theoretical foundation. This included physiological measures of anxiety including skin conductance.

Research Projects & External Funding

2016: Electrical Safety First. Examining the motivations behind purchases of dangerous second-hand electrical goods.(Co-investigator)

2016: North Yorkshire County Council Children and Young People Services. Data Intelligence.

2011: Teesside University Research Fund Start-up Project Award. The effect of cognitive defusion on attentional biases towards negative stimuli in high-anxiety participants. 

2005: Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences. Awarded postgraduate studentship for doctoral research by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Christopher welcomes applications from prospective PhD students with interests in the area of decision making and risk.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Christopher acted as editor and reviewer for a number of journals such as PLoS One, Frontiers in Psychology, Vision, Interaction with Computers and Educational Psychology.

Christopher has acted as an invited assessor for the Irish Research Council.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Christopher consults and provides training on research design and development, data analysis and data intelligence. The goal is to help ogranisations to use research and analysis to turn data into usable intelligence.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Christopher was previously e-Learning Coordinator with responsibility for the development and implementation of technology enhanced actions and development of policy related to the university’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Strategy in the school of Social Sciences and Law.

He has an interest in the use of technology in teaching, effective feedback mechanisms and research methods training.

External positions

Spark Evaluation Committee, Swiss National Science Foundation SNF

8 Oct 2019 → …

International Assessment Board for the Employment Based Postgraduate Programme, Irish Research Council



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