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John graduated with BSc (Hons) Psychology, and PhD, from the University of Aberdeen where he studied under the supervision of John Shepherd, in the area of defensive attribution. He joined the University of Westminster in 2004 where he is now a Principal Lecturer in Psychology.

His current main research focus is on computer and video games, and the possible short and long term effects that playing them may have on adolescents. He is currently an Associate Editor of Simulation and Gaming (Sage Journals).

His main teaching area is research methods and statistics, on the Graduate Diploma in Psychology. On the BSc(Hons) Psychology degree course he is Module Leader for the final year dissertation, and he is also the Coordinator for the optional Psychology Placement Year, which he developed, and which was implemented in the 2007/8 academic year.

He has been Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee since 2007, and he led the development of a new Code of Practice governing the Ethical Conduct of Research, for implementation across the University in 2010/11. He is also Chair of the Departmental Ethics Committee, and a member of the University Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.