John McAlaney

Dr John McAlaney

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  • jmcalaney at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic
  • Poole House P120, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

I am a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Principal Academic in Psychology. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Stirling, my MSc at the University of Strathclyde and then my PhD at the University of West of Scotland in 2007. My PhD was on the topic of social psychology and substance use, looking particularly at misperceptions of peer norms. Following this I worked on an AERC funded post-doc position at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before moving onto a lecturing post at the University of Bradford in 2008. I joined the Department of Psychology here at Bournemouth in 2014. I am currently undertaking the role of Head of Education, alongside my colleague Dr Jane Elsley.

Research

My research focuses on social psychological aspects of behaviour change, and how this is informed by group dynamics and perceptions of peer behaviour. I have been extensively involved in the development of the social norms approach in the UK, which aims to bring about positive change through challenging misconceptions and negative stereotypes. I am particularly interested in applying this research to areas that involve risk based decision making.

Since joining Bournemouth University I have also been working with colleagues from the Department of Computing on several aspects of socio-technical systems. This includes exploring how social psychology research may be used to better understand the role of human factors in cybercrime, hacktivism and online social protest; as well as how system may be designed to address the potential psychological factors associated with excessive use of digital technologies (i.e. digital addiction).

I am Deputy Head of the Research Centre for Behaviour Change and a member of the Engineering of Social Informatics Research Group (ESOTICS).

Favourites

Journal Articles

  • Lehne, G., McAlaney, J. et al., 2018. Personal and perceived peer use and attitudes towards use of non-prescribed prescription sedatives and sleeping pills among university students in seven European countries. Addictive Behaviors, 87, 17-23.
  • Curry, O.S., Rowland, L.A., Van Lissa, C.J., Zlotowitz, S., McAlaney, J. and Whitehouse, H., 2018. Happy to help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of performing acts of kindness on the well-being of the actor. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, 320-329.
  • McAlaney, J., Hills, P., Cole, T., Skinner, R. and Thomson, S., 2018. Sexual assault and campus culture. Psychologist, 31 (5), 7-8.
  • Quigley, J., Rasmussen, S. and McAlaney, J., 2017. The Associations Between Children's and Adolescents’ Suicidal and Self-Harming Behaviors, and Related Behaviors Within Their Social Networks: A Systematic Review. Archives of Suicide Research, 21 (2), 185-236.
  • Quigley, J., Rasmussen, S. and McAlaney, J., 2017. The social norms of suicidal and self-harming behaviours in Scottish adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (3).
  • McAlaney, J. and Jenkins, W., 2017. Perceived social norms of health behaviours and college engagement in British students. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 41 (2), 172-186.
  • Dempsey, R.C. et al., 2016. Normative perceptions of cannabis use among European university students: Associations of perceived peer use and peer attitudes with personal use and attitudes. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77 (5), 740-748.
  • McAlaney, J., Thackray, H. and Taylor, J., 2016. The social psychology of cybersecurity. The Psychologist, 29 (9), 686-689.
  • McAlaney, J., Thackray, H. and Taylor, J., 2016. The social psychology of cybersecurity. The Psychologist, 29, 686-689.
  • Van Damme, J., Hublet, A., De Clercq, B., McAlaney, J., Van Hal, G., Rosiers, J., Maes, L. and Clays, E., 2016. Context matters: Student-perceived binge drinking norms at faculty-level relate to binge drinking behavior in higher education. Addictive Behaviors, 59, 89-94.
  • Helmer, S.M., Sebena, R., McAlaney, J., Petkeviciene, J., Salonna, F., Lukács, A. and Mikolajczyk, R.T., 2016. Perception of High Alcohol Use of Peers Is Associated With High Personal Alcohol Use in First-Year University Students in Three Central and Eastern European Countries. Substance Use and Misuse, 51 (9), 1224-1231.
  • Alrobai, A., McAlaney, J., Phalp, K. and Ali, R., 2016. Exploring the risk factors of interactive e-health interventions for digital addiction. International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development, 8 (2), 1-15.
  • Pischke, C.R., McAlaney, J. et al., 2015. Normative misperceptions of tobacco use among university students in seven European countries: Baseline findings of the 'Social Norms Intervention for the prevention of Polydrug usE' study. Addictive Behaviors, 51, 158-164.
  • Pischke, C.R., Helmer, S.M., McAlaney, J., Bewick, B.M., Akvardar, Y., Orosova, O., Salonna, F., Stock, C., Dempsey, R. and Mikolajczyk, R., 2015. INJUNCTIVE NORMS REGARDING COGNITIVE ENHACING PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE AMONG EUROPEAN STUDENTS. ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 49, S256.
  • McAlaney, J. et al., 2015. Personal and perceived peer use of and attitudes toward alcohol among university and college students in seven EU countries: Project SNIPE. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76 (3), 430-437.
  • Helmer, S.M., McAlaney, J. et al., 2014. Illicit substance use among university students from seven European countries: A comparison of personal and perceived peer use and attitudes towards illicit substance use. Preventive Medicine, 67, 204-209.
  • Stock, C., McAlaney, J., Pishke, C., Vriesacker, B., Van Hal, G., Akvardar, Y., Orosova, O., Kalina, O., Guillen-Grima, F. and Bewick, B.M., 2014. Student estimations of peer alcohol consumption: Links between the Social Norms Approach and the Health Promoting University concept. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 42, 52-59.
  • Boot, C.R., Dahlin, M., Lintonen, T., Stock, C., Van Hal, G., Rasmussen, S. and McAlaney, J., 2012. A survey study on the associations between misperceptions on substance use by peers and health and academic outcomes in university students in North-West Europe. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 11 (3), 273-279.
  • McAlaney, J., Boot, C.R., Dahlin, M., Lintonen, T., Stock, C., Rasmussen, S. and Van Hal, G., 2012. A comparison of substance use behaviours and normative beliefs in North West European university and college students. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 11 (3), 281-287.
  • Pischke, C.R., McAlaney, J. et al., 2012. A feasibility trial to examine the social norms approach for the prevention and reduction of licit and illicit drug use in European University and college students. BMC Public Health, 12.
  • Boot, C.R., Dahlin, M., Lintonen, T., Stock, C., Van Hal, G., Rasmussen, S. and McAlaney, J., 2012. A survey study on associations between misperceptions on substance use by peers and health and academic outcomes in university students in North-West Europe. International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 11 (2), 273-279.
  • McAlaney, J., 2012. Social norms and alcohol consumption. PSYCHOLOGIST, 25 (5), 330.
  • Lintonen, T., McAlaney, J. and Kaarianen, J., 2012. Substance use among police cadets: The role of normative misperceptions. The Police Journal, 85, 29-39.
  • McAlaney, J., Hughes, C. and Bewick, B., 2011. The international development of the ‘Social Norms’ approach to drug education and prevention. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 18 (2), 81-89.
  • McCambridge, J., McAlaney, J. and Rowe, R., 2011. Adult Consequences of late adolescent alcohol consumption: A systematic review of cohort studies. PLoS Medicine, 8 (2).
  • McCambridge, J., McAlaney, J. and Rowe, R., 2011. Adult consequences of late adolescent alcohol consumption: A systematic review of cohort studies. PLoS Medicine, 8 (2).
  • Martinus, T., McAlaney, J., McLaughlin, L. and Smith, H., 2010. Outdoor music festivals: Cacophonous consumption or melodious moderation? Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 17 (6), 795-807.
  • Jenkins, R.J., McAlaney, J. and McCambridge, J., 2010. Corrigendum to "Change over time in alcohol consumption in control groups in brief intervention studies: Systematic review and meta-regression study" [Drug Alcohol Depend. 100 (2009) 107-114] (DOI:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2008.09.016). Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108 (1-2), 151.
  • Jenkins, R.J., McAlaney, J. and McCambridge, J., 2009. Change over time in alcohol consumption in control groups in brief intervention studies: systematic review and meta-regression study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 100, 107-114.
  • McAlaney, J. and McMahon, J., 2007. Diagnosing and dealing with the ‘new British disease’. The Psychologist, 20 (12), 738-741.
  • McMahon, J., McAlaney, J. and Edgar, F., 2007. Binge drinking behaviour, attitudes and beliefs in a UK community sample: An analysis by gender, age and deprivation. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 14 (4), 289-303.
  • McAlaney, J. and McMahon, J., 2007. Normative beliefs, misperceptions and heavy episodic drinking in a British student sample. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68 (3), 385-392.
  • McAlaney, J. and McMahon, J., 2006. Establishing rates of binge drinking in the UK: anomalies in the data. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 41 (4), 355-357.
  • McAlaney, J. and McMahon, J., 2006. Establishing rates of binge drinking in the UK: Anomalies in the data. ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLISM, 41 (4), 355-357.
  • McAlaney, J., Fyfe, M. and Dale, M., 2004. The role of a specialist adolescent self-harm service. Nursing Standard, 18 (17), 33-38.
  • McAlaney, J., Fyfe, M. and Dale, M., 2004. A specialist adolescent self-harm service. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 18 (17), 33-38.

Chapters

  • Hodge, S., McAlaney, J., Gatzidis, C., Anderson, E.F., Melacca, D. and Taylor, J., 2018. Applying Psychological Theory to in-game moral behaviors through the development of a purpose-made game. In: Bowman, N.D., ed. Video Games: A Medium That Demands Our Attention. New York and London: Routledge, 108-125.
  • McAlaney, J., Benson, V. and Frumkin, L.A., 2018. Preface. xvii-xxiii.
  • Thackray, H. and McAlaney, J., 2018. Groups online: Hacktivism and social protest. Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security. 194-209.
  • Taylor, J., Thackray, H., Hodge, S.E. and McAlaney, J., 2018. Introducing psychological concepts and methods to cybersecurity students. Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security. 98-108.
  • Benson, V., McAlaney, J. and Frumkin, L.A., 2018. Emerging threats for the human element and countermeasures in current cyber security landscape. Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security. 266-271.
  • Ali, R., Jiang, N., Phalp, K., Muir, S. and McAlaney, J., 2015. The Emerging Requirement for Digital Addiction Labels. Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 21st International Working Conference, REFSQ 2015, Essen, Germany, March 23-26, 2015. Proceedings. Springer.
  • Boot, C.R., Dahlin, M., Lintonen, T., Stock, C., Van Hal, G., Rasmussen, S. and McAlaney, 2013. Associations between misperceptions on substance use by peers and health and academic outcomes in university students. In: Shek, D.T.L., Sun, R.C.F. and Merrick, J., eds. University and College Students: Health and Development Issues for the Leaders of Tomorrow. Nova Publishers.
  • McAlaney, J., Boot, C.R., Dahlin, M., Lintonen, T., Stock, C., Rasmussen, S. and Van Hal, G., 2013. Substance use behaviours and normative beliefs in North West European university and college students. In: Shek, D.T.L., Sun, R.C.F. and Merrick, J., eds. University and College Students: Health and Development Issues for the Leaders of Tomorrow. Nova Publishers.
  • McAlaney, McMahon, J. and Edgar, F., 2009. Public and professional conceptualisations of binge drinking: are we all talking the same language? Binge Drinking Research Progress. Nova Publishers.

Conferences

Posters

PhD Students

  • Jody Quigley. Social norms and self-harming behaviour
  • Sarah Hodge. Morality in video games
  • Tessa Corner. Is it possible to map the disease of addiction as a spectrum disorder?
  • Andrew Mmanga. Designing systems for risk-based decision making and assurance’ studentship
  • Sainabou Cham. Digital addiction awareness: modelling and tracking planned and deviated online usage
  • Aarif Alutaybi. Avoiding digital addiction: capturing and agreeing expectations in cyber social interactions
  • Helen Thackray, 2019. Anonymous hackers: Online group processes, social identity and cyber security

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Cyberpsychology (MSc Cybersecurity and Human Factors)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences (Level C)
  • Cyberpsychology (Level H)
  • Personality, Intelligence and Social Psychology (Level I, module leader)

Grants

  • Cross-cultural psychological aspects of cybersecurity (Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, 03 Apr 2017). In Progress
  • Happy to Help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of performing acts of kindness on the well-being of the actor (University of Oxford, 13 Sep 2016). Completed
  • Eye gaze in the job interview: Do differences in gaze between video conferencing and face-to-face interviews change interviewers' perceptions of candidates? (British Academy, 01 Apr 2016). In Progress
  • NHS Lothian Social Norms Project (NHS Lothian, 01 Jan 2014). Completed
  • NHS Lothian Social Norms Project (NHS Lothian, 01 Aug 2012). Completed
  • NHS Fife Social Norms Project (NHS Fife, 01 Aug 2011). Completed
  • Social Norms Intervention for the Prevention of Polydrug Use (SNIPE) (European Union Drug Prevention and Information Programme, 01 Mar 2011). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Manchester Metropolitan University, External Examiner
  • Pearson Publishing, Online data analysis resource author

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Advisor on Touch Social Norms Project currently being run by the Fife Alcohol Industry Partnership

Conference Presentations

  • i-Don't Event, Overview of the Social Norms Approach, 12 Dec 2012, Carnegie College, Dunfermline
  • A Roadmap of Research in Cybersecurity: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Psychological and socio-technical aspects of cybersecurity, 15 Mar 2015, Doha, Qatar
  • First International Conference on Cyber Security for Sustainable Society 2015, The Social Psychology of Cybersecurity, 26 Feb 2015, Coventry
  • Social Norms Seminar, How to Implement the Social Norms Approach, 09 Feb 2012, Stevenage
  • Scottish Tobacco Control Alliance Youth and Tobacco Forum, Social Norms, 24 Feb 2011, Edinburgh
  • Drug Forum Education Seminar, Introduction to Social Norms, 19 Nov 2010, Birmingham
  • Symposium on Cyber Security, Motivations, group processes and decision making of hackers and hacktivists, 14 Nov 2017, Manchester
  • Realigning Cyber Security Education, Incorporating Psychology into Cyber Security Education: Key Areas and Pedagogical Approaches, 27 Nov 2017, Canberra

Qualifications

  • PGCE in Higher Education Practice (University of Bradford, 2010)
  • PhD in Binge drinking and culture change (University of the West of Scotland, 2008)
  • PGCE in Postgraduate Research Methods (University of the West of Scotland, 2006)
  • MSc in Psychological Research Methods (University of Strathclyde, 2002)
  • BSc (Hons) in Biology and Psychology (University of Stirling, 2001)

Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, Associate,
  • British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist,
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow,
  • Science Council, Chartered Scientist,
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