Where did you study/what did you study/what are your qualifications?
University of Edinburgh: MA (Psychology), MSc by Research (Psychology) and PhD (Psychology)
Lecturer in Public Health (2008-2010) at University of Leeds, Senior Research Associate (2011-2013) at UCL.
What are your current projects?
Health behaviours in midlife in relation to cognitive decline in early old age. Smoking and alcohol use in young people.
Who have you worked with?
Prof. Ian Deary, Prof. Darren Shickle and Prof. Archana Singh-Manoux.
What inspired you to get into this field?
I work between psychology and epidemiology/public health. This area of research is exciting because it helps illustrate why understanding individual behaviours can ultimately benefit the health of the wider population.
If you didn't work in your field, what would you do?
I would probably collect long-haired cats.
What do you do away from work?
I am a keen runner and gym bunny, and attend the theatre regularly. My partner and two cats keep me quite busy.
What’s your favourite book (and why)?
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. It is a fantastic piece of prose writing.
What’s your favourite album (and why)?
Pulp’s His ‘n’ Hers – very evocative of the 1990s.
Who’s your favourite musician/composer/singer (and why)?
Fleetwood Mac still fail to bore me.
Whom do you most admire (and why)?
Janet Street-Porter for her brutal honesty, although these people with double-barreled surnames are often quite annoying.
Dr Gareth Hagger-Johnson is author of Psychometric Assessment, Statistics and Report Writing and a Senior Research Associate at UCL.