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staff categories

These are our Birkbeck staff categories within the Department of Psychological Sciences. 

Head of Department 

Deputy Head of Department

Academic Staff 

Honorary Research and Teaching Fellows

Research fellows 

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Assistants

Emeritus staff

  • Professor Jacqueline Barnes, Emerita Professor of Psychology: Professor Barnes has devoted her life to improving developmental outcomes for children from deprived or challenging backgrounds. Her research has focused on environmental and community influences on parenting and child development, which has been immensely influential in forming policy in the UK and beyond. Her research has also focussed on how various social, physical and psychological problems affect parenting such as homelessness, breast cancer, artificial insemination and eating disorders. View Professor Jacqueline Barnes’ publications on BiRon.
  • Dr Virginia Eatough, Emeritus Reader in Psychology
  • Professor Edward (Ted) Melhuish, Emeritus Professor of Human Development: Professor Melhuish studies social and communicative development from birth to adulthood, including the effect of environmental factors. He is interested in early education and care, parenting, child poverty and disadvantage, and child development and social policy. He has devoted much of his life to theoretically driven research to produce improvements in development and well-being in areas such as the development of pre-term babies, children of psychiatrically disturbed parents, social, linguistic and cognitive development, emergent literacy, and early childhood education and care and the evaluation of policy initiatives. View Professor Edward Melhuish's publications on BiRon.
  • Professor Mike Oaksford, Emeritus Professor of Psychology: In 2005, Professor Oaksford moved to Birkbeck as Professor of Psychology and Head of Department. He stepped down as Head of Department in 2021. His research concerns how people reason and construct arguments in discourse. This research involves experimental work and modelling the resulting inferential behaviour. 
  • Professor Anne Richards, Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Visiting Professors

  • Professor Robert Leech: Robert Leech was named a Visiting Professor at the Department of Psychological Sciences and Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck in autumn 2020. He is Professor of Neuroimaging Analytics in the Neuroimaging Department at Kings College London. Professor Leech obtained his PhD from Birkbeck Psychological Sciences in 2004 and continued as a postdoctoral fellow until 2008, when he moved to Imperial College London as a lecturer. He actively collaborates with a number of academic staff in the department on developmental and adult EEG and MRI projects. Professor Leech has made important contributions to our understanding of brain network function and has developed novel tools for efficiently estimating neural response preferences in an unbiased manner. View Professor Leech's full publications list.

Research assistants and Officers: Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development

Academic advice and learning support 

Professional and support staff 

Impact officer

  • To be advised.

Technical staff