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Professor Amanda EllisonProfessor Amanda Ellison

Executive Director

Amanda is a neuroscientist and Professor in the Psychology Department. Interested in the neural basis of behaviour, her research projects cover a broad spectrum of disciplines from medicine through psychology to physics. She has been active in the Wolfson community since 2002 and has been Executive Director since 2015. In addition to being involved in the strategic development of the Institute, Amanda also sits on the Science Faculty Research Committee and is the Director of Impact for Psychology. She is also the director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit which seeks to bridge the gap between basic research related to how the brain works, and effective rehabilitation paradigms when behaviour is affected by brain damage.

Amanda is passionate about academic communication and to this end, she writes popular science books and is frequently asked for comments by the media and to give after-dinner speeches.


Associate Professor Barbara Bechter


Barbara is Associate Professor in Human Resource Management at Durham University Business School (DUBS). She is a social scientist, she developed and led multidisciplinary projects and managed international project teams. With her international and interdisciplinary research, she contributes to policy debates around new forms of employment and their regulation. She is especially interested in how social partner organisations coordinate policy interventions at national and transnational level to manage health and safety at work. Barbara is part of the DUBS Research Ethics Committee and Research Committee, and since 2018 a member of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association Executive Committee. In her role as co-director, she will continue to support and conduct high quality research


Mrs Suzanne BoydMrs Suzanne Boyd DipHE

Senior Officer

Suzanne is the Administrator of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing as well as PA to the Executive Director. Suzanne is responsible for the day to day running of the Institute, dealing with matters pertaining to HR, Budget and the Wolfson Funding Scheme. She is responsible for the Institute website and Twitter feed.  As well as supporting key Wolfson-related projects, Suzanne supports the Fellowship of the Institute, and works Monday to Thursday.