Dr William McGeown



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.


Has expertise in:


    Neuropsychiatric symptoms

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

    Normal ageing

    Hypnosis and suggestibility

    Neuroimaging and neuropsychological research methods


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)


Neuroanatomical and cognitive correlates of domain-specific anosognosia in early Alzheimer's disease
Valera-Bermejo Jose Manuel, De Marco Matteo, Mitolo Micaela, McGeown William J, Venneri Annalena
Cortex Vol 129, pp. 236-246 (2020)
Eigenvector alignment : assessing functional network changes in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease
Clark Ruaridh, Nikolova Niia, McGeown William J, Macdonald Malcolm
PLOS One (2020)
The cortical activity of graded relevance
Pinkosova Zuzana, McGeown William J, Moshfeghi Yashar
The 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2020) (2020)
Revisiting criteria for psychosis in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias : toward better phenotypic classification and biomarker research
Fischer Corinne E, Ismail Zahinoor, Youakim James M, Creese Byron, Kumar Sanjeev, Nuñez Nicolas, Ryan Darby R, Di Vita Antonella, D'Antonio Fabrizia, de Lena Carlo, McGeown William J, Ramit Ravona, Rasmussen Jill, Bell Joanne, Wang Huali, Bruneau Marie Andrée, Panegyres Peter K, Lanctôt Krista L, Agüera-Ortiz Luis, Lyketsos Constantine, Cummings Jeffrey, Jeste Dilip V, Sano Mary, Devanand D P, Sweet Robert A, Ballard Clive
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease : JAD Vol 73, pp. 1143-1156 (2020)
What electrophysiology tells us about Alzheimer's disease : a window into the synchronization and connectivity of brain neurons
Babiloni Claudio, Blinowska Katarzyna, Bonanni Laura, Cichocki Andrej, De Haan Willem, Del Percio Claudio, Dubois Bruno, Escudero Javier, Fernández Alberto, Frisoni Giovanni, Guntekin Bahar, Hajos Mihaly, Hampel Harald, Ifeachor Emmanuel, Kilborn Kerry, Kumar Sanjeev, Johnsen Kristinn, Johannsson Magnus, Jeong Jaeseung, LeBeau Fiona, Lizio Roberta, Lopes da Silva Fernando, Maestú Fernando, McGeown William J, McKeith Ian, Moretti Davide Vito, Nobili Flavio, Olichney John, Onofrj Marco, Palop Jorge J, Rowan Michael, Stocchi Fabrizio, Struzik Zbigniew M, Tanila Heikki, Teipel Stefan, Taylor John Paul, Weiergräber Marco, Yener Gorsev, Young-Pearse Tracy, Drinkenburg Wilhelmus H, Randall Fiona
Neurobiology of Aging Vol 85, pp. 58-73 (2020)
Network influence based classification and comparison of neurological conditions
Clark Ruaridh, Nikolova Niia, Macdonald Malcolm, McGeown William J
Complex Networks 2019 (2019)

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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.

Research interests

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.

Professional activities

Dementia diagnosis/symptomology. Hypnotic suggestibility
Imaging at Strathclyde
External examiner for PhD
External examiner for a PhD
Hypnotic suggestibility and response to hypnosis: Associated brain regions and networks
Dementia Research Network Conference

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Electrophysiological and genetic factors associated with hypnosis and suggestibility.
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator) Tate, Rothwelle (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Pinkosova, Zuzana
Moshfeghi, Yashar (Principal Investigator) McGeown, William (Co-investigator) Pinkosova, Zuzana (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
An investigation of the neural bases of hypnosis and suggestibility
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 26-Jan-2021
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Panni, Zanib
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator) Panni, Zanib (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2020
Improving dementia diagnosis in primary care and building research capacity of the Centre for clinic neurosciences
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2015
Investigating anosognosia in Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer Research UK, £2660)
McGeown, William (Academic)
01-Jan-2013 - 01-Jan-2015

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