Short CV/Education and training

  • 2017 – 2020
    Research Chair

  • 2015 – 2016
    Vice-Principal (Enterprise & Engagement), University of St Andrews

  • 2013 – 2014
    Provost of St Leonard's College and Dean of Post-Graduates, University of St Andrews

  • Since 2008
    Visiting Professor, Queen Mary University of London

  • 2012 – 2013
    Head of School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews

  • 2011 – 2012
    Head of School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews

  • 2007 – 2012
    Royal Society Industry Fellow, MSD, Merck Corporation

  • 2007 – 2009
    MBA, Open University

  • 2000 – 2006
    Head of School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews

  • Since 2000
    Professor of Psychology, University of St. Andrews

  • 1999 – 2002
    Reader in Psychology, University of St. Andrews

  • 1993 – 1999
    Lecturer in Psychology, University of St. Andrews

  • 1991 – 1993
    Visiting Fellow, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, US National Institutes of Mental Health

  • 1989 – 1991
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, US National Eye Institute

  • 1986 – 1990
    PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience, Cambridge University

  • 1985 – 1986
    Research Scholar, University of Illinois (Prize Scholarship)

  • 1982 – 1985
    BSc(Hons) Psychology, University College London

Selected publications

  • Tait, D. S., Bowman, E. M., Neuwirth, L. S., & Brown, V. J. (2018). Assessment of intradimensional/extradimensional attentional set-shifting in rats. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, (online February 2018) http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.02.013

  • Tait, D. S., Phillips, J. M., Blackwell, A. D., & Brown, V. J. (2017). Effects of lesions of the subthalamic nucleus/zona incerta area and dorsomedial striatum on attentional set-shifting in the rat. Neuroscience, 345, 287–296. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.08.008

  • Brown, VJ, Tait, DS (2016) Attentional Set-Shifting Across Species. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, 28: 363-95. DOI: 10.1007/7854_2015_5002

  • Tait DS, Chase EA, Brown VJ (2014) Attentional Set-Shifting in Rodents: A Review of Behavioural Methods and Pharmacological Results. Current Pharmaceutical Design 20:5046-5059


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, since 2012

  • International Neuroethics Society (Governing Board, 2012-15), since 2012

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (Chair, Psychology Subject Centre, 2009-11), since 2001

  • European Brain and Behaviour Society (Council, 2002-5; Secretary, 2008-11), since 1993

  • British Neuroscience Association, since 1993

  • Society for Neuroscience (Professional Development Committee, 2009-12), since 1990

  • British Association for Psychopharmacology (Council, 2001-05), since

    1987

Additional qualifications

  • MBA, Open University, 2007 – 2009


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Editor-in-Chief, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews (Elsevier), 1999-2015


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