Prof Eamon Strain

Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science & Technology

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Psychology

Eamon leads our Faculty, oversees our range of science and technology undergraduate and postgraduate courses and champions our world-leading research.


After graduating with a BA and Phd in Psychology from Queen's University Belfast, Eamon worked at Nottingham and Edinburgh universities and at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge (now the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit). Eamon joined us in 1996 to introduce psychology to our curriculum, and founded the Department of Psychology in 1998. Under his leadership the department established itself as the UK’s highest rated post-1992 university psychology department for research excellence in RAE2008, producing world-leading research and achieving consistently high student satisfaction. In 2010, Eamon took up his current role as Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Eamon’s research interests include normal and disordered reading and he has carried out award winning research into the effective treatment of dyslexia in schools. He is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, the Association of Head of Psychology Departments, and is Director of Research for Holme Court School. His work with colleagues at ARU and Holme Court School in creating a ground breaking ‘Learning Needs profiler’ which helps teachers understand the learning needs of dyslexic children received the Lord Stafford Award for “Impact through innovation” and also the Research Council’s UK UNICO Impact Award.

Research interests

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Cognitive neuropsychology


  • PhD Cognitive Psychology, Queen's University Belfast
  • BA (Hons) Psychology, Queen's Univeristy Belfast

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Experimental Psychology Society
  • Member,  Association of Head of Psychology Departments
  • Member of the Board of Governors, Cambridge Regional College
  • Member of Board of Directors, Anglia Distance Learning

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Director of Research, Holme Court School
  • Textbook reviewer for Blackwell Publishing, Sage Publications, and Crucial Texts series

Selected recent publications

Strain, E., Patterson K. and Seidenberg, M.S., 2002. Theories of word naming interact with spelling-sound consistency. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 28, pp.207-241.

Strain, E. and Herdman, C., 1999. Imageability effects in word naming: An individual differences analysis. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 53, pp.347-359.

Strain, E., Patterson, K., Graham, N. and Hodges, J.R., 1998. Word reading in Alzheimer's disease: cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of response time and accuracy data. Neuropsychologia, 36, pp.155-171.

Strain, E., Patterson, K.E., and Seidenberg, M.S., 1995. Semantic influences on word recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 21, pp.1140-1154.

Strain, E. and Cowie, R.I.D., 1993. Why connectionist networks provide natural models of the way sentence context affects identification of a word. In Orchard, G. (Ed.). Neural Computing: Research and Applications. Bristol and Philadelphia: Institute of Physics Publishing.

Strain, E. and Cowie, R., 1990. The Effects of Meaning and Display Complexity on Migration Errors. Belfast Working Papers on Language and Linguistics, 10, pp.1-18.