Dr. Simon BN Thompson

Dr. Simon BN Thompson
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology


Research and teaching interests focus on clinical neuropsychology, in particular, post-traumatic stress disorder in cancer survivors, retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer), multiple sclerosis, and yawning as a diagnostic tool of neurological disease. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in highly-rated journals in psychology and medicine (eg. Brain Injury; Neuropsychologia; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Journal of Neuroscience & Rehabilitation; New Scientist; The Lancet; Medical Hypotheses; British Journal of General Practice; European Eating Disorders Review; Psycho-Oncology; Journal of Clinical Oncology; Parkinsonism & Related Disorders; Patient Education & Counselling). He has written 17 books, two adopted as core texts, more than 40 book chapters, and over 40 professional articles. He has delivered more than 40 keynote and invited lectures in over 10 countries and supervised more than 10 Doctorate students. He has also appeared on BBC Radio and Film.

Research Interest

Alzheimer’s disease - neuropsychological symptoms and effects of acetylcholine esterase inhibitors. Multiple Sclerosis - fatigue and cortisol biomarkers and neuropsychological factors. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in survivors of cancer (breast, colorectal, ovarian). Retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer) - impact of disease and manufacture of prosthetic eyes. Yawning - neuropsychological diagnostic indicator of neurological disease.


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