Dr Skye McLennan - Nat Sch Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor
Dr McLennan's research centres on higher-order processes associated with the frontal lobes such as executive functions, prospective memory, and social behaviour. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms that lead to changes in these abilities and the impact that these changes have in everyday life.
Her research focuses on groups such as older people, long term opiate users, and people affected by cardiovascular disease. She collaborates closely with researchers from the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre, and employs methods such as neuropsychological assessment, structured behavioural assessments, and biophysiological assessment (e.g. saliva sampling for hormone measurement, EMG, brain stimulation).
- The causes and social impact of verbosity in older men (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
- The Effects of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation on Memory (Undergraduate) (Associate Supervisor)
- Psychophysiological correlates of decision making in long term opiate users and healthy adults (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
Prospective memory impairment in chronic heart failure, in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Development of the Heart Failure Screening tool (Heart-FaST) to measure barriers that impede engagement in self-care, in European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
Prospective memory impairment in long-term opiate users. Psychopharmacology, in Psychopharmacology
Prospective memory and chronic heart failure, in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Role of vasodilation in cognitive impairment, in International Journal of Stroke
Validity of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) as a screening test for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) in a cardiovascular population, in Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Cognitive impairment predicts functional capacity in dementia-free patients with cardiovascular disease, in Cardiovascular Nursing, The Journal of
The Depression-Executive Dysfunction (DED) Syndrome and response to antidepressants: A meta-analytic review, in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (print version)
Prolonged effects of a home-based intervention in chronically ill patients, in Archives of Internal Medicine (print version)
Prognostic importance of cognitive impairment in Chronic Heart Failure patients: Does specialist disease management make a difference?, in European Journal of Heart Failure (print version)
Dr McLennan is a member of the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre. She also teaches postgraduate Psychological Assessment units and is the Course Co-ordinator for the Master of Professional Psychology. She is a registered psychologist who has worked with adults experiencing a range of psychological issues, and children affected by learning and behavioural difficulties.