Qualifications: BComm University College Dublin, 1989; BSc (Hons) Psychology, Middlesex University 1998; PhD 'Unconscious Processing in Insight Problem-Solving', Middlesex University, May 2007; PGCertHE 2010.

Dr Barry joined Middlesex in a full-time capacity in 2009, having previously held part-time and associate lectureship positions, and has been Year 1 Coordinator for Psychology programmes for the last three years.

Programme Leader for Psychology with Counselling.

Module Leader for Research Design and Research Methods modules at undergraduate level.

Currently supervising PhD students on topics including the relationship between mental illness traits (schizotypy) and creativity, mental illness stigma and parents diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, and cross-cultural comparisons of mental illness stigma.

Current research includes post-PhD work on the role of unconscious processes in insight problem-solving and the development of tools for investigating problem representation and restructuring in insight.

Mental illness stigma is another topic of interest, with a particular focus on the dehumanization of those diagnosed with a mental illness. Also a member of the 'Teaching & Learning' research group, currently focusing on the investigation of student comprehension of statistical concepts and methods for enhancing their understanding.

Dr Barry would welcome PhD students interested in researching insight problem-solving from a cognitive perspective, as well as a range of topics around mental illness stigma and its reduction.

Research Publications

The image control and recognition task: a performance-based measure of imagery control

Irving, Lucy and Barry, Richard and LeBoutillier, Nicholas and Westley, David (2011) The image control and recognition task: a performance-based measure of imagery control. Journal of Mental Imagery, 35 (3 & 4). pp. 67-80. ISSN 0364-5541

Developing a qualitative research culture in university psychology departments

Frost, Nollaig and Barry, Richard (2010) Developing a qualitative research culture in university psychology departments. QMiP Newsletter, 1 (2). ISSN 1751-2662