Nicholas Walsh


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Dr Nicholas Walsh joined UEA as a lecturer in Developmental Psychology in 2013. He gained his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Surrey and his PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. He then gained postdoctoral experience at the Departments of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh and University of Cambridge.

Indicative Publications

Gheorghe, D. A., Panouillères, T., Walsh, N. D. (2018) Psychosocial stress affects the acquisition of cerebellar-dependent sensorimotor adaptation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 92, 41-49.

Walsh, N. D., Dalgleish, T., Lombardo, M. V., Dunn, V. J., Van Harmelen, A.-L., Ban, M., & Goodyer, I. M. (2014). General and specific effects of early-life psychosocial adversities on adolescent grey matter volume. NeuroImage: Clinical, 4, 308-318.

Walsh, N. D., Dalgleish, T., Dunn, V. J., Abbott, R., St. Clair, M. C., Owens, M., Fairchild, G., Kerslake, W., Hiscox, L. V., Passamonti, L., Ewbank, M., Ban, M., Calder, A. J., & Goodyer, I. M. (2012) 5-HTTLPR - environment interplay and its effects on neural reactivity in adolescents. Neuroimage 63(3), 1670-1680

Walsh, N. D., & Phillips, M. L. (2010). Interacting outcome retrieval, anticipation, and feedback processes in the human brain. Cerebral Cortex 20(2), 271-81.

Key Research Interests

My broad research interests are in the developmental aetiology, maintenance, and consequences of stress-related states and personality/psychopathological traits. My current interests examine how stress affects neuropsychological, and especially cerebellar-related processes.

To do this my lab uses experimental techniques and paradigms to assess stress reactivity and cerebellar functioning in normative, high-risk and clinical participants.  

Current techniques and paradigms being used include neuroimaging (fMRI, sMRI), neuromodulation (tDCS), behavioural (eye-tracking, balance and coordination) and cognitive, emotion and motivation paradigms (executive control, emotion processing) in conjunction with biological markers of stress reactivity (e.g. cortisol).

Key Responsibilities

Year 3 Final year project, module leader

Teaching Interests

BSc Psychology

Yr 2

Individual Differences II module leader (personality, intelligence, nature-nurture interplay, wisdom, creativity).

Yr 3

Psychology of Mental Health module leader

MSc. level

I give a lecture on the cerebellum as part of Cognitive Neuroscience MSc. programme.

I would be willing to supervise students interested in the relation between cerebellar-related processes and emotion-related states/traits.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Surrey

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001


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