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Dr Stephen Dunne

Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology

Stephen is a clinically focussed psychologist, passionate about the rehabilitation, health and wellbeing of stroke and brain injury survivors, and interested in factors that affect quality of life in these populations, such as loneliness and social isolation.

Stephen obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Durham in 2009. After working as an Assistant Psychologist for a charity providing vocational and community support for brain injury survivors, Stephen started his PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology at Durham in 2010, completing this in November 2014.

Stephen’s PhD explored the use of monetary rewards on eye movements in neuro-typical human participants extending previously held knowledge regarding the effectiveness of rewards as a tool for behaviour change in neuro-typical populations and the application of reward-based training for sufferers of visual field deficits such as hemianopia.

From 2014 to 2018, Stephen worked at Durham University as a postdoctoral researcher developing, disseminating and conducting research using an app to help compensate for visual loss associated with stroke.

Stephen’s involvement with the development and implementation of rehabilitation paradigms for stroke survivors with visual loss has led to question how factors such as motivation, competition and goal-setting can be manipulated to improve patient outcome. At best these psycho-social factors in rehabilitation are poorly evidenced and at worst, non-existent. Stephen’s research aims to understand the interaction between concepts such as competition, collaboration, motivation, reward and goal-setting in order to apply these findings to patient populations.

Following a stroke or brain injury, it is not unusual for individuals to be left with impairments of varying severity, all of which impact an individual’s self-esteem and identity, which in turn hinders social connections and engagement, placing these populations at greater risk of loneliness. Stephen is also interested in understanding and alleviating loneliness in these populations.

Stephen is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, the British Psychological Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Stephen Dunne

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The meaning of loneliness to stroke survivors: A qualitative study in Northeast England, Yang, K., Armstrong, N., Diamond, C., Lane, A., Dunne, S. Sep 2022, In: Journal of Health Psychology
  • Maximizing Telerehabilitation for Patients With Visual Loss After Stroke: Interview and Focus Group Study With Stroke Survivors, Carers, and Occupational Therapists, Dunne, S., Close, H., Richards, N., Ellison, A., Lane, A. 23 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Real-world applications in vision and attention: How to help patients find their (golf) balls again, Ellison, A., Dunne, S., Lane, A. 3 Jun 2020, In: Progress in Brain Research
  • The Limitations of Reward Effects on Saccade Latencies: An Exploration of Task-Specificity and Strength, Dunne, S., Ellison, A., Smith, D. 11 May 2019, In: Vision (Switzerland)
  • Social cognition and executive functioning predictors of supervisors' appraisal of interpersonal behaviour in the workplace following acquired brain injury, Yeates, G., Rowberry, M., Dunne, S., Goshawk, M., Mahadevan, M., Tyerman, R., Salter, M., Hillier, M., Berry, A., Tyerman, A. 23 Mar 2016, In: NeuroRehabilitation

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Experiences of loneliness in stroke and brain injury survivors 2022
  • Oral presentation: Maximising Telerehabilitation for Patients With Visual Loss After Stroke 2021
  • Oral presentation: The meaning of loneliness to stroke survivors: a qualitative study in Northeast England 2021
  • Oral presentation: Promoting the facilitators and removing the barriers to telerehabilitation following visual loss after stroke 2018
  • Invited talk: Seeing solutions after stoke: Durham reading and exploration (DREX) training 2017
  • Oral presentation: The effects of monetary reward on prosaccades and antisaccades 2013

  • Neurosciences PhD November 25 2014
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy SFHEA 2019


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