School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Peter Gallagher

Lecturer in Neuropsychology & Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator (TCRI)



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