Short CV/Education and training

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

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

  • 1986 – 1990
    PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience, Cambridge University

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2007 – 2009
    MBA, Open University

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

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

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

  • since 2008
    Visiting Professor, Queen Mary University of London

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

  • Since 2015
    Vice-Principal (Enterprise & Engagement)

Selected publications

  • Chase A, Tait D, Brown VJ (2012) Tacrine improves reversal learning in older rats. Neuropharmacology, 73, 284-289, DOI 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2013.05.036

  • Chase A, Tait D, Brown VJ (2012) Lesions of the orbital prefrontal cortex impair the formation of attentional set in rats. European Journal of Neuroscience, DOI 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08141.x

  • Gilmour, G., Arguello, A., Bari, A., Brown, V.J., Carter, C., Floresco, S.B., Jentsch, D.J., Tait, D.S., Young, J.W., Robbins, T.W. (2012) Measuring the construct of executive control in schizophrenia: Defining and validating translational animal paradigms for discovery research. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2012.04.006

  • Parker MO, Gaviria J, Haigh A, Millington ME, Brown, VJ, Combe FJ and Brennan CH (2012) Discrimination reversal and attentional sets in zebrafish (danio rerio) Behavioral Brain Research 232:264-268

  • Insel TR, Sahakian BJ, Voon V, Nye J, Brown VJ, Altevogt BM, Bullmore ET, Goodwin GM, Howard RJ, Kupfer DJ, Malloch G, Marston HM, Nutt DJ, Robbins TW, Stahl S, Tricklebank MD, Williams JH (2012) Drug research: A plan for mental illness, Nature 483:269 doi:10.1038/483269a

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, since 2012

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

  • FENS Schools Committee, since 2012

  • Fellow, Association of Psychological Sciences, since 2010

  • Fellow, Society of Biology, since 2010

  • 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


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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