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Research Interests

Alex's research interests include altered states of consciousness, psychoactive substances, the neurophamacology of illicit substances, drug policy reform, personal growth, transformative experience, mindset, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR).

His doctoral project 'The Transformative Nature of Altered States of Consciousness' has both quantitative and qualitative elements exploring the perceived transformative experience of psychoactive drugs. This includes Lean (a promethazine and codeine mix), cannabis and traditional psychedelics, which can be used to aid treatment of a number of mental/physical health issues formally. Traditionally, these substances have been used as self-medication. The stigma of use and research of the psycho-pharmacological benefits of psychoactive substances is slowly lifting.

Teaching Interests

Alex has / is currently teaching on:


  • PSY1006 'Becoming a Psychologist' (Undergraduate Research Methods)
  • PSY1011 'Positive Psychology'
  • PSY1001 'Psychology in Practice'
  • PSY1004 'Investigating Psychology'
  • PSY2003 'Independent Practical Work'
  • PSY2005 'Research Methods and Statistics'
  • PSY2007 'The Psychology of Well-being'
  • PSY2011 'Biological Psychology'
  • EDU2013 'The Psychology of Learning and Teaching in Educational Settings'
  • PSY3024 'Understanding the Social World'
  • PSY3027 'Psychology of Spirituality, Religion and Wellbeing'
  • PSY3055 'Applying Positive Psychology'
  • PSY3023 'Educational Psychology'
  • PSYM081 'Applied Social and Critical Social Psychology'
  • PSYM085 'Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods' (Masters Research Methods)
  • PSYM086 'Dissertation and Research Methods' (Masters Research Methods)
  • PSYM102 'Research Skills' (Masters Research Methods)

External Roles

Alex is currently Psychology Post-Graduate Affairs Group (PSYPAG) Rep for two British Psychological Society (BPS) Sections, sitting on the committee for both:

  • BPS Transpersonal Psychology Section 
  • BPS Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section



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