Keynote Speakers

Dr Vincent Deary – 26th July 2017


Vincent Deary is a senior lecturer in Health Psychology at Northumbria University.

Vincent is also a practitioner health psychologist and a practising cognitive behavioural therapist. His research work draws upon his clinical experience to develop new psychosocial interventions for physical and emotional health complaints, including cancer survivors and a fear of falling in older adults.  He is a founding member of the Northern Association for Persistent Physical Symptoms, a clinical network aimed at supporting the care of people with long term physical symptoms. As a clinician he works in the UK’s first trans-diagnostic Fatigue Clinic, working as part of a multidisciplinary team to research and develop new treatments for people for whom fatigue is a disabling symptom. He is the author of How We Are, the first book in the How to Live trilogy.

Dr Kate Milnes – 27th July 2017


Kate Milnes is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University.

Kate is a feminist critical psychologist whose research focuses primarily on young people’s sexual relationships and sexual bullying among young people. Kate’s primary research interest is in exploring the social construction of these relationships and interactions, and she argues that rather than simply being interpersonal interactions, motivated by individual attitudes or cognitions, they are situated in a broader cultural context from which they cannot be divorced. Over the last 14 years, Kate has worked closely with the BPS Psychology of Women Section, serving as a committee member from 2003-2013 and resuming this role in 2016.

Prof. Merim Bilalic– 27th July 2017


Merim Bilalić is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

He received his DPhil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, and has subsequently held research and teaching positions at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Brunel University, Eberhard- Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany and Universität Klagenfurt, Austria. He is interested in cognitive and neural mechanisms behind experts’ outstanding performance. His research on problem-solving biases in experts won the Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Research Contribution to Psychology from the British Psychological Society in 2008.

Dr Lynda Boothroyd – 28th July 2017


Lynda Boothroyd is a senior lecturer in Psychology at Durham University.

Lynda is interested in the evolution and development of social behaviours. Her research focuses on; attraction, body size preferences, evolutionary social and developmental psychology, facial masculinity and father absence theory. From the perspective of evolutionary psychology Lynda wants to discover more about the ‘ultimate’ reasons for our behaviours; what past selection pressures seem to have shaped our brains and our behaviours? From a developmental perspective Lynda is interested in understanding how these ‘adaptations’ become instantiated across development.