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 Expert  729422

Expert in Pain, Behavioural Economics, Empathy, Functional Neuroimaging, Neuroscience

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United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert's research is mainly concerned with the nature of pain, especially pain that occurs in the absence of identifiable pathology. Consequently, his research abuts psychology, cognitive science, and philosophical ethics; he has authored or co-authored papers in these areas for the British Medical Journal, Bioethics, European Journal of Neuroscience, Pain, Psychosomatic Medicine, Neuroimage, Gastroenterology and psycCRITIQUES amongst others. Current research involves both theoretical and empirical research on the nature of pain and the possible causes of a rising incidence of pain or other somatic illness in the absence of identifiable pathology and in the context of improving health and longevity. He is also involved in work to understand implicit influences on health and consumer behaviour and has extensive experience with priming procedures and implicit measure of preference (such as the IAT). Last year, Expert consulted for Carling and Center Parcs on these issues. He has been a member of research faculty at the Universities of Pittsburgh and California, Los Angeles and is currently a Reader in Psychology at the Expert's University, UK, and also the director of pain research at the Birmingham University Imaging Centre. His work is funded by a grant from the Medical Research Council.

chronic pain






pain perception




psychology research


sensory system

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1995   PhD   Neuroscience   University of London  
1991   BSc   Psychology   University of London   2:1

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2005 to


(Undisclosed University)


School of Psychology




Expert is head of the Pain Lab and Pain Imaging within the Birmingham University Imaging Centre

2000 to 2005


University of Pittsburgh




Assistant Professor


Expert ran the pain imaging program at Pittsburgh.

1998 to 2000


University of California, Los Angeles




Assistant Professor


Head of imaging and brain-gut axis research

Career Accomplishments:

International Association for the Study of Pain (1997 - present);

American Pain Society (1999 – present);

Association for Psychological Science (2008 – present);

American Psychosomatic Society (2009 - present).

Professional Appointments

University of Pittsburgh, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology (05/2005 - present).

Contemporary Hypnosis Editorial Board Member (02/2010 - present).

Member of the RCOG Working Party on Fetal Awareness (06/2008).

Pain Associate Editorial Board Member (01/2009 - present).

Psychosomatic Medicine Editorial Board Member (02/2008 - present).

Hospital Imaging & Radiology Europe Editorial Board Member (08/2007 - present).

PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books Editorial Board Member (03/2007 - present).

Science correspondent for U.K. magazine Spiked-online (formerly LM) (07/1994 - present).

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has over 250 publications in professional medical and scientific journals and has presented at over 100 international conferences.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Consciousness Studies  
 - The Journal of Pain  
 - NeuroImage  
 - Sociology Compass  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2008 to 2010   Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists   Consultant   Expert was responsible for drafting a large proportion of the following government report in consultation with other leading experts:

Fetal Awareness Review of Research and Recommendations for Practice: Report of a Working Party. London: RCOG Press; 2010

2008 to 2009   Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking (IMI JU)   Consultant   Expert was responsible for reviewing and advising on the funding of a large cooperative pharamaceutical grant. This was a cross European project.
1999 to 2011   National Institutes of Health   Study Section Member and Ad-hoc Reviewer   Expert provides expert review for the NIH.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert provided extensive consulting for Beattie McGuinness Bungay 2009-2010. For the first project, he provided guidance as to the use of psychological testing to assess implicit beer preferences. Expert provided the tasks (implicit association task, priming and word stem completion) and the task relevant programming. Expert organised the testing of participants (400 in total), analysed the data and wrote the final report including graphical illustrations. He also consulted on the role of memory in informing positive affect towards vacations.
  • Expert has consulted for the University of Alabama since 2007. This consultancy is for a research program in the U.S. on ethnic differences in endogenous opioid-mediated pain inhibition among African-American and white patients with knee osteoarthritis. Expert provided statistical and practical advice to help implement this important research programme.
  • Expert was an expert consultant for the New York Civil Liberties Association and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia from 2004-2005. He helped the NYCLA prepare testimony for the New York partial birth abortion trial and delivered testimony for Planned Parenthood against House Bill 1315 in the Virginia Senate. Expert has continued to consult for various lobbyists and US organisations including a meeting convened by Conscience last October.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Contributed towards the Science and Technology Committee report on abortion law (10/2007).

Testified before the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (01/2005).

Testified in opposition to House Bill 1315 before the Virginia State Senate (03/2004).

Expert Consultant for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (03/2004 - 08/2005).

Expert Consultant for New York Civil Liberties Association (NYCLA) (02/2004).

Gave evidence to the Rawlinson Commission of Inquiry into Fetal Sentience (03/1996).

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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1996 to 2011   United States   Expert has worked and consulted extensively in the USA since 1996.
2007 to 2011   Belgium   Expert has consulted for the EU on several scientific projects.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   Native speaker

Additional Skills and Services:

Basic methods of fMRI, protocol design and implementation. Aimed at undergraduate through to junior faculty this course ran for 12 hours and enabled students to become competent in the techniques of fMRI as well as develop an understanding of the physics and psychology of brain imaging.

SPM Buttons and Beyond, University of Pittsburgh, Dept. Radiology. This course ran for 12 hours and was a direct complement to the fMRI course described above. Aimed at undergraduates through to senior faculty it enabled students to become proficient in the analysis of imaging data and presentation of results for conference and publication. Both these courses were supported by seminars provided on an as-needed basis.

Autonomic Brain Club. Weekly journal club to examine issues of brain and autonomic responses.

Hypnosis and Pain. Workshop for the UK Ministry of Defence to examine the subjectivity of pain and coping with phantom limb pain.

Other Skills and Services

Use of implicit methods to detect attitudes relevant to advertisers.


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