Brian Hughes, Ph.D., is a biological psychologist, psychophysiologist, and research methodologist, and a professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses on psychological stress (particularly its impact on cardiovascular psychophysiology, immunity, and health) and on psychosocial moderators of stress processes (such as social support, cognition, and personality). He also writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine.
Brian has held visiting academic appointments at the Universities of Missouri (USA), Leiden (Netherlands), and Birmingham (UK), at King's College London (UK), and at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a former president of the Psychological Society of Ireland (2004-2005) and of the international Stress and Anxiety Research Society (2014-2016).
He is the author of Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (Prentice Hall, 2012), Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience (Palgrave, 2016), and Psychology in Crisis (Palgrave, 2018). His latest book is The Psychology of Brexit: From Psychodrama to Behavioural Science (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019).