Our Research Team
Netta Weinstein, Ph.D.
Netta Weinstein is a psychologist trained in both clinical work and research, and an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Reading (UK). She has written numerous articles on motivation, relationships, well-being, and knowing oneself. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester, and now teaches and conducts research at the University of Reading.
Thuy-vy Nguyen, Ph.D.
Thuy-vy Nguyen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Durham (UK). She is an expert in studying solitude in laboratory experiments, investigating various factors that lead to different concepts of solitude. She is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and the University of Rochester.
Investigator and Journalist
Heather Hansen is an award-winning journalist and author who was a reporter for a weekly newspaper and a city magazine before going freelance two decades ago. Her work has appeared in various media outlets worldwide. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of California at Berkeley. She also has collaborated with the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Utah.
Colin Foad, Ph.D.
Colin Foad is a social psychologist currently working as a research associate at the University of Reading (UK). He specialises in the areas of attitudes, values, and motivation – often focussing on how people navigate complex social environments. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex, his masters and PhD at Cardiff University, and has since had post-doctoral posts at Cardiff and Edinburgh University, as well as a lecturing post at Cardiff. He currently balances part-time research with his parenting responsibilities for two young children.
Mark Adams, Ph.D.
Mark Adams is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Reading. His background is in cognitive psychology, looking at everything from eyewitness memory to multisensory integration in virtual reality. More recently, his work has examined the dynamics of silence and conversational synergy within client-therapist counselling sessions. He is a graduate of the University of Abertay and University of Reading.