• School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    Research Interests

    I am an experimental social psychologist and my research spans two main themes: (1) addictive behaviours and (2) social cognition. In the first theme, I examine the cognitive mechanisms that drive alcohol consumption with a particular focus on attentional bias and inhibitory control. In the second theme, I am interested in evaluating measures of implicit bias and how these relate to other socio-cognitive processes that underpin how we interact with others. 

    Spanning both themes, I have a passion for methodology, open science and reproducibility. For example, I conduct work on the reliability of experimental measures with a view to improving ways to measure human behaviour and am involved in several meta-research projects. I also hold a number of open science roles: I am Aston's Local Network Lead for the UKRN (https://www.ukrn.org/local-network-leads/), advise on open science through my editorialship role for Addiction, Research & Theory (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/iart20/current), and organise ReproducibiliTEA journal club (https://reproducibilitea.org/about/). 

    Funding Applications and Awards

    2019-2020: £60,000, Co-Principal Investigator, NHS Health Education England.

    2019-2020: £5,000, Co-Principal Investigator, Aston Joint Research Group Fund.

    2018-2019: £15,000, Principal Investigator, Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Research Award, University of the West of England.

    2018-2019: £6,000, Principal Investigator, Psychological Sciences Research Group Internship Scheme, University of the West of England.

    2018-2019: £500, Psychological Sciences Research Group Impact Scheme.

    2016-2017: £13,000, Co-Principal Investigator, Research Investment Fund, Edge Hill University.

    Teaching Activity

    I teach on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

    Developmental and Social Psychology, Year 1 Psychology.

    Social Responsibility in Psychology, Year 1 Psychology.

    Advanced Research Methods, MSc Health Psychology.

    Health Behaviours & Interventions, MSc Health Psychology.

    UG and MSc Dissertation Project.


    2020-Present: Lecturer in Psychology, School of Health & Life Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham.

    2017-2020: Lecturer in Social Psychology, Department of Health & Social Sciences, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

    2016-2017: Teaching Associate, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University.

    2013-2016: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, Edge Hill University.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Local Network Lead of UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN)

    ReproducibiliTEA Journal Club Lead

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    Contact Details

    E-mail: c.pennington@aston.ac.uk

    Phone Number: TBC

    Office: SW410H (4th Floor, South Wing)

    Education/Academic qualification


    2 Sep 20132 Sep 2016

    Award Date: 2 Sep 2016

    PG Cert

    Award Date: 29 Jun 2015


    2 Sep 20102 Sep 2013

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013


    • BF Psychology
    • social cognition
    • intergroup relations
    • prejudice
    • implicit bias
    • unconscious bias training
    • addictive behaviours
    • alcohol consumption
    • attentional bias
    • visual attention


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