Dr Daniel Burley

Research Associate

Research group:
Cognitive Science, Developmental & Health Psychology
029 225 10598
Centre for Human Developmental Science, Park Place

Research summary

I am working as a Research Associate on a Feasibility Study assessing young children within the Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit (NDAU). The NDAU adopts the RDoC framework to assess the children strengths and areas for improvement across a wide range of domains including language, cognition, emotional processing, social processing and motor skills to provide a comprehensive developmental profile that is fed back to the school. The NDAU will also use the research data collected to inform regarding developmental difficulties involved in neurodevelopmental disorders.

My main research interest lies in understanding the development of antisocial behaviour so that we can ultimately develop individualised interventions, and I have previously used observational, experimental, psychophysiological and neuroendocrinological techniques to explore antisocial behaviour. In addition, I am particularly interested in the developmental of callous/unemotional traits and psychopathy-like behaviours and the affective impairments associated to this pathology. My PhD was focused on examining psychopathic individual’s autonomic responses to emotion across a range of stimuli (affective scenes, sound-clips and facial expressions), which I measured using changes in pupil diameter as an indicator of emotional arousal.

Teaching summary

2015 – 2016:
Diploma tutor: Took tutorial on scientific report writing and statistics.

2013 – 2016:
First year undergraduate PG tutor; teaching tutorials, as well as marking assessed practical reports.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

Research topics include: Antisocial Behaviour, Emotional Processing, Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, Pupillometry.

Research group

Cognitive Science, Developmental & Helath Psychology

Research collaborators

Professor Bob Snowden

Professor Stephanie van Goozen

Undergraduate education

(2007-2011) BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (First Class Honours), Cardiff University.


2016-current: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

2012-2013: Psychology Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

2011-2012: Support Worker, Marlborough House Inpatient Unit CAMHS, Swindon, UK.

2010: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program supervised by Professor Stephanie Van Goozen, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

2009-2010: Craegmoor, Placement Student (working as part of the psychology team offering treatment to adults with a dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental health problems, many of whom had forensic backgrounds including violent and sexual offences), Caerphilly, UK.