Keynotes 2013

Below is the 2013 keynote line-up for the ATP Annual conference.

Professor David Canter

David Canter

David Canter is Professor of Psychology and Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology and joined Huddersfield University in 2009.  He has published 30 books and 400 papers in academic and professional journals.  Since 1985, David has contributed to over 150 police investigations as a psychologist and 40 court cases as an expert witness. He has also been invited as an expert advisor to the Popplewell Enquiry, the Taylor Enquiry and the Kings Cross Fire enquiry.

David Canter became known internationally in 1986 for the offender profile he drew up which helped the police to catch the “Railway Rapist” and serial killer John Duffy. This was the first time such a contribution was made to a police investigation by a Professor of Psychology (anywhere). It was also the first time that “offender profiling” had been used by the United Kingdom police.

He has been the winner of the Golden Dagger Award and the Anthony Award for Crime Non-Fiction. He is a frequent contributor to radio and television news programmes and documentaries, writer of commentaries for The Times. Wrote and presented six part TV documentary that was broadcast around the world.

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Dr David Carey (sponsored by Bangor University)


Dr David Carey is a Reader in Psychology at Bangor University.  Dr Carey’s research interests include: Visual neuropsychology, sensorimotor control, cerebral asymmetry, visually-guided reaching, perception and action.

“Neuroimaging techniques such as EEG, MEG and fMRI have transformed the brain and behaviour landscape, helping to create a new discipline, cognitive neuroscience. What does this new science mean for cognitive neuropsychology? In this talk I will outline the roots of cognitive neuropsychology, its methods, and how it may (or may not) deal with the challenges posed by 21st century neuroscience.”


Dr Martin Rowley, Keele University


Dr Rowley was appointed as a lecturer at Keele in September 2004.  As a developmental psychologist he is interested in age-related changes in our ability to deal with uncertainty in different contexts.  In recent research, he has been looking at children’s explicit and implicit responses to advertising.  As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy he is also interested in the learning and teaching of psychology and has carried out a number of studies in this area.  He is a member of the Social and Developmental Psychology Group, the Applied Psychology Group and the Research Institute for Life Course Studies.

Dr Rowley’s research interests also include’ Learning and Teaching in Psychology – students’ expectations and experiences of university study’ as well as differences and developments in students’ beliefs about knowledge and the learning process.

If Psychology A-level is the answer…what is the question?

According to recent data, despite not being part of the compulsory curriculum in schools, psychology is the fourth most popular A-level subject (behind English, Maths, Biology) and the third most popular subject at undergraduate level (behind Nursing and Design). These headline figures provide important context for current debates about the relationship between pre-university and undergraduate psychology. Should the A-level psychology prepare students to take the subject at university level? Should the A-level be a pre-requisite for entry onto university psychology courses? Should universities determine the content of the A-level? Should there be input from the British Psychological Society? However, consideration of the issue of how psychology A-level should fit with the Higher Education curriculum inevitably leads to deeper questions about the teaching of psychology at all levels (‘What should be taught?’ ‘Who should do the teaching?’) and, ultimately, to questions about the nature of psychology as a discipline. Furthermore, for various bodies with financial interests in psychology as a taught subject (Government, universities, examination boards) there is a further set of questions which centre upon the economic value of psychology and psychologists.

This talk will review some key issues around the teaching of psychology as a subject in schools, colleges and universities and attempts to pinpoint some of the obstacles in the way of resolving the question of how psychology should be taught.


Professor Andy Field

Andy Field
Andy Field, Professor of Child Psychopathology at Sussex University, is author of “Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (and sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll)”.

As well as being a stats guru, Andy’s research interests are focused on children’s emotional development, including: how children process emotional information, children and the media and children’s emotional responses to novel situations/things. He is currently researching the role of vicarious learning in preventing and treating children’s fears and using expressive writing interventions to promote health in women after birth.

Professor Field’s keynote speech will focus on statistics in psychology.   Psychology and Statistics: ‘Upgrading’ Our Systems to Exterminate Fear in the Classroom

Earth 2013. A Dalek army is being built from human beings who have been stripped of their emotions. But how to strip people of their emotions? The Daleks have discovered that there are special humans, called psychologists, capable of feeding on the emotions of others: parasitically consuming their emotional woes until all that is left is an emotionless husk. The Daleks need to train more of these ‘psychologists’. However, to make a psychologist they need humans educated in logic, science, and mathematics. They have entered a pact with the Cybermen, to provide this initial training. However, the fear emotion is too strong in the humans and they are struggling to make the transition from Cyber-training to the Dalek academies. The Daleks , being the unsympathetic, impatient,  emotionless, self-important, psychopathic dictators that they are, have decided that the only way to deal with struggling humans is to exterminate them. There is educational death on a mass scale. This talk looks at how we train psychologists in the Dalek academies and what we can do to ease the transition into them from the cyber-schools. Or something like that.


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