My work in psychology has been extensively covered in both the national and international media. I have been interviewed about my research and various other psychological topics on the BBC News, ITV News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, BBC Breakfast, Sky, CNN, Good Morning America and the Keri-Anne Show in Australia amongst others.
My views have been sought on subjects ranging from the Dukan diet to the behaviour of our leading politicians in the General Election. I have also done media work on behalf of a variety of organisations including Nivea, Universal Pictures and the NHS.
Whilst working at the University of Manchester, my media work was much celebrated, as described in their Your Manchester publication.
Resident on-screen psychologist Big Brother (Channel 4) 2000-2010
Resident on-screen psychologist focussing mainly on nonverbal communication and patterns of social interaction
Co-presenter, Life’s Too Short (BBC1)
This series applied psychological insights (including detailed behavioural analyses) to a range of people having trouble in their relationships.
Presenter, Family SOS (BBC1 Northern Ireland)
A detailed look at families currently experiencing a wide range of important but unidentified psychological issues. The analytic focus was again on the behaviour of the family members and how they interacted with each other. The goal was to work out what specifically needed to change to improve the situation.
Presenter, Dump Your Mates in Four Days (Channel 4)
A series aimed at teenagers which allowed teenagers to ‘try out’ different sets of friends in order to teach them something about themselves and their social networks and how things can change.
Co-presenter and psychologist, The Farm of Fussy Eaters (UKTV Style)
A series focusing on individuals with oddly constrained and unhealthy food choices. My role was to understand where the various attitudes to food came from and how they could be modified.
On-screen psychologist, Ghost Hunting with ……. (ITV2 and ITV1)
On-screen psychologist, focusing on the nonverbal behaviour of celebrities in various ‘haunted’ locations. The celebrities have included Girls Aloud, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, McFly, The Happy Mondays, Paul O’Grady and friends, Boyzone, The Saturdays, Katie Price and friends, TOWIE etc
Other media work
I have also been a frequent guest on the ITV News (with a slot called ‘The Body Politic’ at one General Election), Lorraine Kelly, Richard and Judy, The One Show, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, with other guest appearances on Child of Our Time, Arena, It’s Only a Theory, Risky Business, Tomorrow’s World, The Heart of the Matter, Watchdog, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Good Morning America, the Keri-Anne Show (Australia), TV4 (Sweden), News Asia, The Mindfield and various documentaries for Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC4 and Sky.
Radio interviews on Woman’s Hour (Radio 4), Nightwaves (Radio 3) Science Now (Radio 4), The Today Programme (Radio 4), All in the Mind (Radio 4), Word of Mouth (Radio 4), Midweek (Radio 4), Parkinson on Sunday (Radio 2), BBC World Service 'World of Books' programme, 'This Week' (RTE), The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Freewheeling (Radio 4) and many local radio stations. Topics have included the NHS Choice Campaign, mothers combining child rearing and entrepreneurship, mood and feel good films, flashbulb memories for personal and historical events, and the analysis of fake and genuine smiles.
I have written extensively for the Guardian, the Observer, the Observer Magazine, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday and The New Statesman, as well as contributing to Granta magazine.