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Qualifications

MA (Oxon) PhD C.Psychol AFBPsS FHEA

About

Prof Stuart-Hamilton was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness (memories of which he has tried to suppress ever since). Following three years at St John’s College, Oxford, he immediately found himself doing a further three year stretch at the Dept of Psychology, Manchester University, where he got a PhD in the role of phonemic awareness in children’s early reading and spelling. In a complete about face, Ian started his research career at the Centre for Cognitive and Ageing Research at Manchester University, conducting a study on cognitive changes in Alzheimer’s Disease. He then spent a further two years at the same institution on a grant co-authored with Prof Pat Rabbitt, looking at how older adults read and spell. Ian then moved in succession to Lancaster University, Buckingham University (where he set up their Psychology degree course), University College Worcester (first as head of psychology and latterly as Professor and head of the MSc Gerontology course), before coming to Glamorgan as Professor of Developmental Psychology in 2003.

In his spare time, Professor Stuart-Hamilton looks after a demanding African grey parrot, spends far too much time on genealogy, and finds excuses for not going to the gym.

Experience

• I have over thirty years’ research experience in a wide variety of psychological techniques and settings.

• I have extensive experience of working both individually and as a member of a team, both in psychology-only groups and also in cross-disciplinary groups (see e.g. participation in the WAG-funded work on increasing awareness of ASD).

• Numerous interveiws for a range of publications, ranging from Men’s Health to Arab Woman, from the South Wales Echo to The Times. I have appeared frequently on radio programmes on a range of psychological topics and have also done some television work.

• Given numerous conference talks to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. Considerable experience of presenting invited talks (e.g. closing address to the country’s first international conference on psychogerontology, held at University of Santiago de Compostela, in July 2010).

• All my books remain in print, and one of them (The Psychology of Ageing) is now translated into 16 languages, and was awarded a British Medical Association’s book of the year award in the geriatric medicine section, 2008.

Publications

Sample Publications

Published
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1986) The role of phonemic awareness in the reading style of beginning readers. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 56, 271–85.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. & Rabbitt, P. (1987) Qualitative differences in the intellectual processes of dementia of the Alzheimer type. In: R.S. Wurman, S.H. Corkin & J.H. Growdon (eds) Alzheimer’s Disease: Advances in Basic Research and Therapies. Cambridge, Mass: CBSM.
Stuart-Hamilton, I., Perfect, T., & Rabbitt, P. (1987) Remembering who was who. In: M.M. Gruneberg, P.E. Morris & R.N. Sykes (eds) Practical Aspects of Memory: Current Research and Issues, 2, 169–75. Chichester: Wiley.
Stuart-Hamilton, I., Rabbitt, P. And Huddy, A. (1988) The role of selective attention in the visuo-spatial memory of patients suffering from dementia of the Alzheimer type. Comprehensive Gerontology, Section B, 129–34.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1991) The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction. 1st edition. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1993) Intellectual realism in the drawings of elderly people. Educational Gerontology, 8, 110–14.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1994) Die Psychologie des Alterns. Hamburg: Rowholt. [German translation of The Psychology of Ageing 1st edition].
McDonald, L. and Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1996) Older and more moral? Age related changes in performance on Piagetian moral reasoning tasks. Age and Ageing, 25, 402–4.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1994) The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction 2nd edition London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [Shortlisted for the first British Psychological Society Annual Book Award].
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1995) Problems with the assessment of intellectual change in elderly people. In: F. Glendenning & I. Stuart-Hamilton (eds) (1995) Learning and Cognition in Later Life. Aldershot: Avebury Press, 22–42.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1995) Some concluding comments. In: F. Glendenning & I. Stuart-Hamilton (eds) (1995) Learning and Cognition in Later Life. Aldershot: Avebury Press, 114–22.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1995) Aldrandets Psykologi Lund: Studentlitteratur. [Swedish translation of 2nd edition of The Psychology of Ageing].
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1995) Japanese translation of The Psychology of Ageing, with new introductory essay by the author.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1995) Dictionary of Developmental Psychology. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1995) Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Measurement and Treatment. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1995) Dictionary of Cognition. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Glendenning, F. & Stuart-Hamilton, I. (eds) (1995) Learning and Cognition in Later Life. Aldershot: Avebury Press.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1996) Dewey’s paradox revisited – some further paradoxical themes in psychological ageing research. Education and Ageing, 11, 92–9. [Based upon keynote address to annual conference of Association for Educational Gerontology, Birmingham, 1996].
Stuart-Hamilton (1996) Psychologie van het outer worden Den Haag: CIP-Gegevens. [Dutch translation of 2nd edition of The Psychology of Ageing].
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1996) Dictionary of Developmental Psychology. Paperback edition, containing circa 20% more definitions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1996) Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Measurement and Treatment. Paperback edition, containing circa 20% more definitions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1996) Dictionary of Cognition. Paperback edition, containing circa 20% more definitions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1996) Vanhenemisen Psykologia. [Finnish translation of 2nd edition of Psychology of Ageing].
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1996) Intellectual changes in late life. In: R.T. Woods (ed) Handbook of the Clinical Psychology of Ageing London: Wiley.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. and Rabbitt, P. (1997) The decline of eye-voice span in elderly readers. Educational Gerontology, 23, 389–400.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. and Rabbitt, P. (1997) Age-related decline in spelling ability: a link with fluid intelligence? Educational Gerontology, 23, 437–442.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1998) Women’s attitudes to ageing: some factors of relevance to educational gerontology. Education and Ageing, 13, 67–88.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. and McDonald, L. (1998) Aging and the Bridges of Konigsberg problem: no age changes in perseverance. Educational Gerontology, 24, 225–232.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1999) Attitudes to aging questionnaires: some evidence for potential bias in their design. Educational Gerontology, 25, 185–196.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1999) Key Issues in Psychology London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1999) Psychologie Starnuti Praha: Protal [Czech translation of The Psychology of Ageing 2nd edition].
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (1999) Intellectual changes in late life. In: R.T. Woods (ed) Psychological Problems in Ageing London: Wiley.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2000) Empowerment in later life. In Ghaye, A. and Gillespie, D. (eds) Empowerment Through Reflection: The Narratives of Silenced Practitioners London: Mark Allen Publishing
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2000) The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction 3rd edition. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2001) Aldringens Psykologi Copenhagen: Gylendal [Danish translation of The Psychology of Ageing, 3rd edition].
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2000) Attitudes to aging questionnaires: some evidence for potential bias in their design. Educational Gerontology, 26, 37–48 [reprint of Stuart-Hamilton 1999 with same title in special edition of Educational Gerontology- International Research and Practice]
McDonald, L. and Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2000) The meaning of life: animism in the classificatory skills of older adults. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 51, 231–242.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2001) Do we need intelligence? Some reflections on the importance of g. Educational Gerontology, 27, 399–407.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2002) Psicologia del Envejeciminento [Spanish translation of The Psychology of Ageing, 3rd edition].
McDonald, L. and Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2002) Egocentrism in older adults – Piaget’s three mountains task revisited. Educational Gerontology, 28, 35–43.
Stuart-Hamilton, I and Mahoney, B (2003) Ageing awareness training affects knowledge but not necessarily underlying attitudes: a longitudinal study of the Palmore Aging Quiz., Educational Gerontology
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2003) Normal cognitive aging. In: R.Tallis and H.Fillit (eds) Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. London: Churchill Livingstone.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2003) Psychologia Starenya Moscow: Peter Press. [Russian translation of The Psychology of Ageing, 3rd edition].
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2004) An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Nayak, USL., Priest, L & Stuart-Hamilton, I (2005) Can older adults use the Web to access health information? Paper presented at: 18th World Congress of Gerontology, June (26–30) 2005, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2006) Psychologia starzenia sie Polish translation of Psychology of Ageing 3rd edition.
Stuart-Hamilton, I., Nayak, U.S.L., and Priest, L. (2006). Intelligence, Belief in the Paranormal, Knowledge of Probability and Aging. Educational Gerontology, 32, 173–184.
Nayak, USL., Priest, L & Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2006) An Internet attitudes scale for older adults Journal of Computers in Human Behaviour.
Priest, L., Nayak, USL & Stuart-Hamilton, I.(2006) Website task performance by older adults. Journal of Behaviour & Information Technology.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2006) The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction. 4th edition. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.[Winner of British Medical Association Book of the Year Award, Geriatric Medicine Category; Shortlisted, British Psychological Society Book of the Year Award]
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2007) Dictionary of Psychological Testing, Assessment and Treatment. 2nd edition London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2007) An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions. 2nd edition. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Priest, L., Nayak, U.S.L. and Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2007). Website task performance by older adults. Behaviour and Information Technology, 26(3), 189–195.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2008) The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction 4th ed. Chinese translation
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2009) The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction 4th ed. Korean Translation
Crowley, K., Mayer, P. & Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2009) Changes in reliance on reading and spelling sub-skills across the lifespan. Educational Gerontology, 35 (6), 1-20.
Chasouris, A., Stuart-Hamilton, I. & Mayer, P. (2010) Variability in developmental milestones and developmental delay in children with Williams syndrome. Education & Child Psychology
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2010) Single blind study. In: Salkind, N.J. (ed) Encyclopedia of Research Design. SAGE Publications
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2010) Moral Development. Psychology Review, 18, 7-9.
Stuart-Hamilton, I., Morgan, G. & Apsitis, Y. (2010) Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for People Working With Older Adults. Cardiff: Welsh Assembly Government.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (ed) (2011) Introduction to Gerontology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2011) What is Ageing? In Stuart-Hamilton, I. (ed) Introduction to Gerontology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2011) Concluding Comments. In Stuart-Hamilton, I. (ed) Introduction to Gerontology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. & Morgan, H. (2011) What happens to people with autism spectrum disorders in middle age and beyond? Report of a preliminary on-line study. Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, 5, 22-28.
Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2012) The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction. 5th edition. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Nash, P., Stuart-Hamilton, I. & Mayer, P. (in press) The continuation of prejudice: outlining the failings of nurse training and continuing development in addressing negative attitudes towards older people. To appear in: Educational Gerontology.

Memberships

Current/recent memberships include: Welsh Assembly group promoting awareness of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder); review panel, ESRC/MRC New Dynamics in Ageing programme; Editorial Board, Educational Gerontology

Consultancy

Interested in applying general psychological techniques and measures to a broad range of problems, with a particular interest in the psychology of older adults and how people’s level of abstract thought skills affects their level of comprehension of everyday instructions and information.

Research

My principal areas of research interest are ageing, child development (atypical and neurotypical), intellectual disability across the lifespan, and how people form and maintain attitudes and preconceptions. A high proportion of this research is applied rather than theoretical, but I am happy to work in both fields. I am also interested in applying psychological measures across a wide variety of unusual and non-standard situations and enjoy cross-disciplinary research.

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