• United Kingdom

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I am open to supervising PhD projects in my research areas (dementia or hypnosis/suggestibility).


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Personal profile

Research Interests

I run the neuroanalytics laboratory within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health.  Key research themes include:


Ageing and Dementia

My research is focused on developing ways to diagnose different types of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Fronto-temporal dementia) in the very early stages using cognitive and/or neuroimaging markers.  I am also interested in the breakdown of cognition (episodic and semantic memory, language and attention) that occurs during cases of dementia and in the neuropsychiatric/behavioural symptoms that can often develop during the disease course.

I have used pharmacoimaging in the past to assess the efficacy of drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.  I am keen to extend this research to other neurological disorders and to investigate methods of predicting response to treatment (with possibilities for personalised medication).

Further interests include the effects of normal ageing on the brain and the influence of demographic variables on psychological performance.

Hypnosis and suggestibility
A relatively recent area of research has been in the neuroimaging of hypnosis and suggestibility.  I am interested in the effects of hypnosis on the brain and the cognitive and neural correlates of suggestibility and hypnotisability.


I am open to supervising PhD projects in the above areas.

Academic / Professional qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) (University of Hull)

PhD (University of Hull)

Master in Research Methods (MRes) Diploma (University of Aberdeen)

BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Aberdeen)

Personal Statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in August 2013.  I was previously employed as a Lecturer for 5 years within the Department of Psychology (University of Hull) and prior to that I held research positions for 3 years within The Clinical Neuroscience Centre (University of Hull).

My research interests are mostly centred on the cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms that are found in Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementias.  A secondary research interest relates to suggestibility and hypnosis. 

I am an Associate Fellow within the BPS, a member of the Division of Neuropsychology, and a Chartered Psychologist.

Expertise & Capabilities


Neuropsychiatric symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

Normal ageing

Hypnosis and suggestibility

Neuroimaging and neuropsychological research methods

Teaching Interests

I previously co-developed the MSc in Clinical Health Psychology course and was Director of this programme for 3 years.  I now contribute as class leader and lecturer on the “Neuropsychology relating medical conditions” class.

In the past I have taught Neuropsychology, Neuroimaging, Neuropsychology of Ageing and Dementia, and Health Psychology, in addition to various sessions on statistics, research methods and cognitive psychology.

I am an HEA fellow.


  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroimaging
  • Psychology
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Ageing
  • Hypnosis
  • Suggestibility

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Research Output

Eigenvector alignment: assessing functional network changes in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease

Clark, R. A., Nikolova, N., McGeown, W. J. & Macdonald, M., 27 Aug 2020, In : PLOS One. 15, 8, 22 p., e0231294.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Neuroanatomical and cognitive correlates of domain-specific anosognosia in early Alzheimer's disease

    Valera-Bermejo, J. M., De Marco, M., Mitolo, M., McGeown, W. J. & Venneri, A., 31 Aug 2020, In : Cortex. 129, p. 236-246 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    • 10 Participation in conference
    • 6 Organiser of special symposia
    • 6 Invited talk
    • 3 Examination

    Dementia diagnosis/symptomology. Hypnotic suggestibility

    William McGeown (Speaker)

    9 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Imaging at Strathclyde

    William McGeown (Organiser)

    4 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia