School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Peter Gallagher

Lecturer in Neuropsychology



My main research interests are applied and experimental neuropsychology, specifically neuropsychological impairment in psychiatric illness and its biological underpinnings.

This work has extended to a series of projects examining aspects of neuropsychological change and cognitive preservation in ageing. We are particularly interested in assessing intra-individual reaction time variability, applying ex-Gaussian modelling (see recent publications). 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Neuropsychology
  • Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator (PgRSC) for NU-TCRI.
  • Member of the executive committee of the Northern Centre for Mood Disorders


  • Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP), Newcastle University (2016)
  • PhD “Spatial memory processes in bipolar depression: neuropsychological and HPA axis correlates”, Newcastle University (2011)
  • MPhil “Neurocognitive function in major depressive disorder”, Newcastle University (2004)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Northumbria, (1998)


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders
  • Member of the International Neuropsychological Society

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Research Interests

  • Neurocognitive impairment in mood disorders, ageing and dementia

  • Emotional processing in mood disorders
  • Impact of childhood adverstiy on cognition and psychological processes in adulthood



Undergraduate Teaching

PSY1010 Research Methods & Skills [module leader- statistics]
PSY3097 Undergraduate Research Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

MMB8010 Cognitive Neuroscience module [MRes in Medical and Molecular Biosciences]

MRes, MSc (PSY8037), MPhil, DClinPsy, and PhD project supervision