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Dr Tom Heffernan

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

Hls Tom Heffernan Staffprofile 255Dr Heffernan is Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology degree. He has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Manchester. Tom’s main teaching is in memory, abnormal psychology and the psychology of crime. Tom also supervises projects at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels. Tom has acted as both internal and external examiner at various stages of the PhD process, from the Initial Project Approval stage, to the Mid-Point Progression stage and the final Viva Voce. He has held previous administrative jobs including Exams Tutor, Year Tutor (Years 1, 2, and 3), Project Tutor, Head of Undergraduate Ethics and Member of the School Research Board.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Self-reported memory and executive function in adult non-clinical hoarders, Heffernan, T., Hamilton, C., Neave, N. 1 Jun 2021, In: Applied Neuropsychology: Adult
  • The Acute and Chronic Cognitive Effects of a Sage Extract: A Randomized, Placebo Controlled Study in Healthy Humans, Wightman, E., Jackson, P., Spittlehouse, B., Heffernan, T., Guillemet, D., Kennedy, D. 14 Jan 2021, In: Nutrients
  • Alcohol Hangover Has Detrimental Impact Upon Both Executive Function and Prospective Memory, Heffernan, T., Samuels, A., Hamilton, C., Mcgrath-brookes, M. 19 May 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Objectively Assessed Prospective Memory Failures and Diurnal Cortisol Secretion in Caregivers of Children with ASD, Lovell, B., Marshall, A., Heffernan, T., Wetherell, M. 1 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Family Psychology
  • A State of Alcohol Hangover Impedes Everyday Prospective Memory, Heffernan, T. 19 Sep 2018, In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Any Sense in Classroom Scents? Aroma of Rosemary Essential Oil Significantly Improves Cognition in Young School Children, Moss, M., Earl, V., Moss, L., Heffernan, T. 30 Oct 2017, In: Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science
  • Does a state of alcohol hangover impair event based prospective memory?, Heffernan, T. 30 Jun 2017, 25th European Congress of Psychiatry
  • Stroke patients and their partner's perceptions of survivor functioning, Witty, C., Heffernan, T., Riby, L. 28 Jun 2017, In: Acta Neuropsychologica
  • The Cognitive Deficits Associated with Second-Hand Smoking, Ling, J., Heffernan, T. 24 Mar 2016, In: Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • The Impact of Active and Passive Smoking Upon Health and Neurocognitive Function, Heffernan, T. 2016

PGR Supervision

Janice Bartholomew The Effect of Cannabis Use on Prospective Memory Processes in Young Adults Start Date: 20/09/2005 End Date: 13/09/2012


  • Psychology PhD June 30 1991
  • Graduate Member (MBPsS) British Psychological Society (BPS) 1991

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