Meet the team

Richard Crisp

Professor Richard Crisp

Richard Crisp is an award winning scholar, writer and educator. His work focuses on the ways in which the errors and bias of the mind can stifle creativity, confidence, and performance – and how to overcome them. He has published over 130 academic papers in outlets such as Science, Psychological Bulletin, and American Psychologist. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and an elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Academy of Social Sciences, and Association for Psychological Science.

His numerous awards for writing include the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (for the best paper of the year on intergroup relations) and the British Psychological Society President’s Awards for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge. Professor Crisp is the Head of the Department of Psychology at Durham University and an associate at the Aston Behavioural Science Laboratory.

Andrew Marcinko

Andrew Marcinko, M.S.

Andrew is in the final year of his PhD in Organisational Psychology at Aston Business School. He completed his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in the United States and was born and raised in the Washington DC area. His current research is focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with a particular focus on training, team performance, organisational climate, and well-being.

Previously, Andrew worked in collaboration with the U.S. Navy Submarine School to update its training programs based on the latest teamwork and training research. He was also involved in research for NASA focused on astronaut health and teamwork during deep space exploration, in preparation for a potential manned mission to Mars. Andrew has delivered numerous workshops and talks on team performance, unconscious bias, and organisational diversity, in both the UK and US.


Dr Alison Legood

Alison is a Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Work and Organisational Psychology at Aston Business School. Her current research interests are on the topics of trust and leadership. Alison is a published author with her research often examining how leaders effectively build trust with their employees through their leadership styles and behaviours. More broadly, Alison conducts research on topics such as mindfulness, unethical pro-organisational behaviour and team working. 

During her PhD, completed at Aston Business School, and in her Post-Doctoral position at the Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour (CETEB), Alison has worked closely with a number of large public sector organisations to examine issues around leadership effectiveness and organisational trust. 

Alison also holds a number of positions such as being a member for the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Working Group on Board Effectiveness where she works with other psychologists to promote the value of psychological research to inform governance and policy. Alison is also currently Co- Chair of the Organisational Psychology Track for the British Academy of Management.


Dr Pascale Daher

Pascale is a work and organisational psychologist with over 10 years of field experience. Her areas of expertise lie in leadership, training and development, and occupational selection. Dr Daher completed her PhD at Aston Business School in 2017 and is currently a lecturer at the University of Liverpool.

Pascale has extensive experience in teaching and training for both academic and corporate audiences. She is specialized in adult learning and has trained in Lebanon, the Gulf, and the UK. In her corporate experience, Pascale has acted as a core constituent on committees tasked with talent management, recruitment and selection, and developing competency frameworks. She has consulted department heads on people-projects related to their teams in order to improve efficiency and improve well-being. In the academic scene in both Lebanon and the UK, she has led lectures and taught on modules pertaining to training and development, leadership, and international perspectives in organisations.   

Pascale holds a master’s degree in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology from the American University of Beirut. She is a certified test user from the British Psychological Society.


Prof Yves Guillaume

Yves Guillaume is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Head of the Work, Organisation and Management Group at the University of Liverpool. Prior to joining the University of Liverpool Management School, he held a lectureship at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and a readership at Aston Business School. His research revolves around the study of diversity, leadership, innovation, effectiveness and well-being in teams and organisations, which has been published in leading academic journals and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and industry.

Carl Senior
Dr Carl Senior

Carl Senior is a Reader in Psychology in the School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University. He is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Psychologist as well as elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has published over 100 academic papers in various high impact journals such as Nature, Organization Science, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management and Human Relations and together with colleagues at the Warwick Business School he developed the multidisciplinary research field of 'Organisational Cognitive Neuroscience'. 

His research activities are embedded within the psychological tradition and he readily embraces aspects of the social, cognitive, and neuroscientific approaches. Within this broad context, the specific research areas he works in centre around the concept of relationships among people, individually and in groups.

Dr Laura Chamberlain

Dr. Laura Chamberlain is the Principal Teaching Fellow in marketing and consumer behaviour at Warwick Business School. Laura is particularly interested in researching the importance of consumer emotions, customer sentiment, trust, loyalty and how to influence customer’s behaviour. Laura, along with an international research team, also researches consumer neuroscience, using neuroscientific techniques to further our understanding of consumers. 

In addition, Laura researches how advertising can influence consumer behaviour, particularly in terms of the promotion of healthy behaviour or prevention of risky or unhealthy behaviours. Laura’s consultancy work reflects her research interests. The customer experience landscape is rapidly changing and Laura’s research intends to develop scientific insights to assist Customer Experience professionals.

Luke Fletcher ABIG
Dr Luke Fletcher

Dr Luke Fletcher is a Chartered Psychologist and is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Aston Business School. Luke’s main research interests focuses on how to facilitate positive psychological states and meaningful experiences at work that help promote wellbeing and performance. In particular, he is interested in how HR and managerial practices, such personal development, can be used in employee-centric ways to harness the engagement of staff. Luke has written and presented work for both academic and practitioner audiences, and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Human Resource Management. Prior to joining Aston Business School, Luke held a Lectureship position at Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, and before that was a Research Officer for the Institute for Employment Studies.

Aston University Nishat Babu
Dr Nishat Babu

Nishat is a Business Psychologist and Lecturer in the Work and Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School, with expertise in a number of areas; including leadership, global working, and effective team work. Her research interests centre on leadership and corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the micro-levels. Currently, she is focusing on leadership and organisational climate, and the role they play in facilitating employee engagement with CSR at multiple levels within the organisation. 

She has developed a unique multi-dimensional tool to measure employee social responsibility in the workplace, and has applied this in her research with organisations looking to enhance their CSR profile. 

Nishat holds a Master’s in Work and Organisational Psychology, and a PhD in Management

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