• 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 interested in how people’s complex social environments impact upon our health and wellbeing. One theme of my research focuses on the psychological processes that influence addictive behaviours, with a particular focus on alcohol consumption. The other focuses on how social cognition develops, and is altered, through health and disease. 

    I am also an expert in Open Science: I am Aston’s Local Network Lead for the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN), a member of the Framework for Open & Reproducible Research Training (FORRT), and an Action Editor for Registered Reports for Addiction Research & Theory, and Peer Community In. I am the Author of "A Student's Guide to Open Science: How the Replication Crisis can Reform Psychology", published by Open University Press. 

    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: SW410G (4th Floor, South Wing)

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Edge Hill University

    2 Sept 20132 Sept 2016

    Award Date: 2 Sept 2016

    PG Cert, Edge Hill University

    Award Date: 29 Jun 2015

    BSc, Edge Hill University

    2 Sept 20102 Sept 2013

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

    External positions

    Higher Education Advisory Board, McGrawHill publishers

    26 Jan 2022 → …

    Action Editor: Peer Community In Registered Reports

    2021 → …

    Action Editor: Addiction Research & Theory

    2021 → …


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


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