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.

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Area of Expertise


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)

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The relationship between transliminality, hypnotic and imaginative suggestibility, and other personality traits
Irving Abbie J, Nikolova Niia, Robinson Susan, Ionita Iris, Kelly Steve W, Kirsch Irving, Mazzoni Giuliana, Venneri Annalena, McGeown William J
Acta Psychologica Vol 243 (2024)
Rapid detection of heart failure using a spectroscopic liquid biopsy
Christie Loren, Sala Alexandra, Cameron James M, Conn Justin JA, Palmer David S, McGeown William J, Cannon Jane A, Sharp John, Baker Matthew J
Clinical Spectroscopy Vol 5 (2023)
Clustering of neuropsychiatric symptoms across time in Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment
Scarfo Sara, Moshfeghi Yashar, McGeown William J
Alzheimer's & Dementia Vol 19 (2023)
Moderating effects of self-perceived knowledge in a relevance assessment task : an EEG study
Pinkosova Zuzana, McGeown William J, Moshfeghi Yashar
Computers in Human Behavior Reports Vol 11 (2023)
A systematic review of the neuroanatomical correlates and predictors of psychosis in Alzheimer’s disease
Scarfo Sara, Grigoriadou Loulouda, Marsella Antonella MA, Moshfeghi Yashar, McGeown William J
Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association Vol 19 (2023)
Revisiting neurological aspects of relevance : an EEG study
Pinkosova Zuzana, McGeown William J, Moshfeghi Yashar
Machine Learning, Optimization, and Data Science - 8th International Conference, LOD 2022, Revised Selected Papers 8th International Conference on Machine Learning, Optimization, and Data Science, LOD 2022, held in conjunction with the 2nd Advanced Course and Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, ACAIN 2022 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Vol 13811 LNCS, pp. 549-563 (2023)

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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.

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Research Interests

I run the neuroanalytics laboratory within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health and lead the Dementia Research Network at the University of Strathclyde.  Key research themes include:


Ageing and Dementia

My research is focused on developing ways to detect different types of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Fronto-temporal dementia) in the very early stages using cognitive, neuroimaging, neurophysiological and blood-based markers.  I am also interested in the breakdown of cognition (episodic and semantic memory, language and attention) that occurs during the course of neurodegenerative disease, and in understanding the neural correlates of neuropsychiatric/behavioural symptoms.

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 and to investigate methods of predicting response to treatment (with possibilities for personalised medication).

Further interests include the effects of normal ageing (e.g., on cognitive function and on the brain).

Hypnosis and suggestibility
As Principal Investigator, I currently lead two funded research projects to investigate hypnosis and suggestibility (funding from The Leverhulme Trust and the BIAL Foundation).  I am interested in the effects of hypnosis on the brain, and in the cognitive, neural and genetic associations that may underpin suggestibility.


I am open to supervising PhD projects in the above areas.

Professional Activities

Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2023 (AAIC®)
Dementia Network Plus Call
15th SINAPSE Annual Scientific Meeting
Citizen Science: An EPSRC-IAA Living Lab Case Study
Neuroimaging of suggestibility and response to hypnosis
Our research combatting age related disorders and promoting healthy ageing: A Strathclyde Ageing Network and Dementia Research Network Event

More professional activities


EPSRC-IAA GSC Citizen Science Project Phase 1-B [£29k]
Robertson, David (Principal Investigator) McGeown, William (Co-investigator) Wodehouse, Andrew (Co-investigator) Lang, Gillian (Co-investigator)
This project will professionalise and update the Phase 1 content, leading to an exhibit relaunch in later 2023/early 2024.
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2025
Biosemi electroencephalography (EEG) amplifier
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator) Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Co-investigator) Sakata, Shuzo (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2024
EPSRC-IAA GSC Citizen Science Project Phase 1 [£9k]
Robertson, David (Principal Investigator) McGeown, William (Academic) Wodehouse, Andrew (Academic) Lang, Gillian (Research Co-investigator)
This project installed 4 digital touchscreen kiosks, with research and K.E. content, at the Glasgow Science Centre. During the initial 6-month proof-of-concept phase, the exhibit has recorded more than 10,000 user interactions.
05-Jan-2022 - 05-Jan-2024
Electrophysiological and genetic factors associated with hypnosis and suggestibility.
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator) Tate, Rothwelle (Co-investigator)
Electrophysiological and genetic factors associated with hypnosis, suggestibility and hypnotic phenomenolog
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2024
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 - 27-Jan-2023
An investigation of the neural bases of hypnosis and suggestibility
McGeown, William (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 26-Jan-2021

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Dr William McGeown

Email: william.mcgeown@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 4477