Dr William McGeown

Senior Lecturer


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)


Network influence based classification and comparison of neurological conditions
Clark Ruaridh, Nikolova Niia, Macdonald Malcolm, McGeown William J
Complex Networks 2019 (2019)
Globalising strategies to meet global challenges : the case of ageing and dementia
Parra Mario A, Butler Stephen, McGeown William J, Brown Nicholls Louise A, Robertson David J
Journal of Global Health Vol 9 (2019)
Brain activation in highly superior autobiographical memory : the role of the precuneus in the autobiographical memory retrieval network
Mazzoni Giuliana, Clark Andrew, De Bartolo Adriana, Guerrini Chiara, Nahouli Zacharia, Duzzi Davide, De Marco Matteo, McGeown William, Venneri Annalena
Cortex Vol 120, pp. 588-602 (2019)
Neural and genetic bases of hypnosis and suggestibility
Nikolova Niia, Ionita Iris, McGeown William
British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (2019)
New directions in hypnosis research : strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis
Jensen Mark P, Jamieson Graham A, Lutz Antoine, Mazzoni Giuliana, McGeown William J, Santarcangelo Enrica L, Demertzi Athena, De Pascalis Vilfredo, Bányai Éva I, Rominger Christian, Vuilleumier Patrik, Faymonville Marie-Elisabeth, Terhune Devin B
Neuroscience of Consciousness Vol 3 (2017)
Brain activation patterns characterizing different phases of motor action : execution, choice and ideation
Gardini Simona, Venneri Annalena, McGeown William Jonathan, Toraci Cristian, Nocetti Luca, Porro Carlo Adolfo, Caffarra Paolo
Brain Topography Vol 29, pp. 679-692 (2016)

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I am Director of the newly developed MSc in Clinical Health Psychology course.  On the course I am class leader and provide teaching for the “Neuropsychology relating medical conditions” and “Theories of Mind and Body” classes.  I also contribute to the Methods in Experimental Psychology class on the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology.

In the past I have taught Neuropsychology, Neuroimaging, Neuropsychology of Ageing and Dementia, and Health Psychology, in addition to various sessions on statistics and research methods.

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

Alzheimer's Association International Conference
International Society of Hypnosis World Congress
Invited speaker
Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Seminar title: “Neuropsychological, neuroimaging and biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease”
Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC)

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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 - 31-Jan-2020
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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