Dr Justin Savage

School Projects Manager

Email:
SavageJC@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 75225
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

My current role involves investigating and researching electronic processes within the School of Psychology. The primary aim of this role is to develop and deploy new or existing technologies to enable a more effective and efficient mode of practice. The processes in question span many areas within the School such as Teaching and Learning, Research and administrative tasks and can have impact for the wider University organisation.

This role also requires the development of bespoke software where relevant. The technical elements are wide ranging and include designing and developing software, programming, defining data management processes, database development and implementing new technologies for eliciting feedback. The research elements involve identifying and recording existing processes, designing and implementing newer and leaner processes. I also teach the computing sessions on the Level 4 “PS1018 – Research Methods in Psychology” module.

I have a number of official positions within the School and the wider University:

  • Chair of the University’s VLEG (Virtual Learning Environment Group)
  • Chair of WEB (Web Editorial Board) for the School of Psychology.
  • Copyright Officer for the School of Psychology.
  • Learning Central Domain Administrator for Psychology (Blackboard Domain Administrator)

I am still active within various research projects and continue to contribute to research publications where possible.

Additional information

  • I currently manage and play for the Psychology 11-a-side Men’s intramural football team (Psycho Athletico).
  • I also manage and play for the University’s Staff Varsity 11-a-side football team.

Background summary

My previous roles within the School and industry have revolved around psychological research or research in new technology. I completed a four year applied psychology degree at Cardiff University (1 year placement in Mass, USA – investigating risk taking in Driving Behaviour) and then worked as researcher jointly between the Psychology and Engineering Schools investigating the design process and then worked for the School of Psychology on various research projects between 1994-2009 including:

Between 2001-2002 I spent a brief period working outside the University for the Council in Museums in Wales as a project manager for a European framework 5 project “Memoria, Helping Memory Institutions meet the Future”. This role involved managing the Welsh Museum Consortium’s participation in the project and investigating the use of new technologies within the museum sector.

I continued to work as a researcher until 2009 when I was invited to work directly for the School to assist with its professional service’s electronic processes. This role quickly developed to incorporate research and teaching and learning issues.

I completed my PhD from Cardiff Uni in 2003 “A Practical Approach to the Investigation of Object Design Behaviour: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations”. Supervised by Dr Chris Miles.

Selected publications (2008 onwards)

2016

Sully, K., Sonuga-Barke, E. J. S., Savage, J. C. D. and Fairchild, G. (2016). Investigating the familial basis of heightened risk-taking in adolescents with conduct disorder and their unaffected relativesDevelopmental Neuropsychology, 41(1-2), 93-106. (10.1080/87565641.2016.1145223)

2015

Johansen, M., Savage, J., Fouquet, N. and Shanks, D. R. (2015). Salience not status: how category labels influence feature inferenceCognitive Science, 39(7), 1594-1621. (10.1111/cogs.12206) pdf

2014

Morgan, J. E., Bowen, K. L., Moore, S. C., Savage, J. C. D. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2014). Executive functioning, reward processing, and antisocial behavior in adolescent males. In: DeLisi, M. and Vaughn, M. eds. The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology. London: Routledge, pp. 315-327.

2013

Johansen, M. K., Fouquet, N., Savage, J. C. D. and Shanks, D. R. (2013). Instance memorization and category influence: Challenging the evidence for multiple systems in category learningThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(6), 1204-1226. (10.1080/17470218.2012.735679)

Syngelaki, E., Fairchild, G., Moore, S. C., Savage, J. C. D. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2013). Affective startle potentiation in juvenile offenders: The role of conduct problems and psychopathic traitsSocial Neuroscience, 8(2), 112-121. (10.1080/17470919.2012.712549)

Syngelaki, E., Fairchild, G., Van Goozen, S. H. M., Moore, S. C. and Savage, J. C. D. (2013). Fearlessness in juvenile offenders is associated with offending rateDevelopmental Science, 16(1), 84-90. (10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01191.x)

2009

Fairchild, G., Van Goozen, S. H. M., Stollery, S. J., Aitken, M. R., Savage, J. C. D., Moore, S. C. and Goodyer, I. M. (2009). Decision making and executive function in male adolescents with early-onset or adolescence-onset conduct disorder and control subjectsBiological Psychiatry, 66(2), 162-168. (10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.02.024)

Syngelaki, E., Moore, S. C., Savage, J. C. D., Fairchild, G. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2009). Executive Functioning and Risky Decision Making in Young Male OffendersCriminal Justice and Behavior, 36(11), 1213-1227. (10.1177/0093854809343095)

Full list of publications

2016

Sully, K., Sonuga-Barke, E. J. S., Savage, J. C. D. and Fairchild, G. (2016). Investigating the familial basis of heightened risk-taking in adolescents with conduct disorder and their unaffected relativesDevelopmental Neuropsychology, 41(1-2), 93-106. (10.1080/87565641.2016.1145223)

2015

Johansen, M., Savage, J., Fouquet, N. and Shanks, D. R. (2015). Salience not status: how category labels influence feature inferenceCognitive Science, 39(7), 1594-1621. (10.1111/cogs.12206) pdf

2014

Morgan, J. E., Bowen, K. L., Moore, S. C., Savage, J. C. D. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2014). Executive functioning, reward processing, and antisocial behavior in adolescent males. In: DeLisi, M. and Vaughn, M. eds. The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology. London: Routledge, pp. 315-327.

2013

Johansen, M. K., Fouquet, N., Savage, J. C. D. and Shanks, D. R. (2013). Instance memorization and category influence: Challenging the evidence for multiple systems in category learningThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(6), 1204-1226. (10.1080/17470218.2012.735679)

Syngelaki, E., Fairchild, G., Moore, S. C., Savage, J. C. D. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2013). Affective startle potentiation in juvenile offenders: The role of conduct problems and psychopathic traitsSocial Neuroscience, 8(2), 112-121. (10.1080/17470919.2012.712549)

Syngelaki, E., Fairchild, G., Van Goozen, S. H. M., Moore, S. C. and Savage, J. C. D. (2013). Fearlessness in juvenile offenders is associated with offending rateDevelopmental Science, 16(1), 84-90. (10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01191.x)

2009

Fairchild, G., Van Goozen, S. H. M., Stollery, S. J., Aitken, M. R., Savage, J. C. D., Moore, S. C. and Goodyer, I. M. (2009). Decision making and executive function in male adolescents with early-onset or adolescence-onset conduct disorder and control subjectsBiological Psychiatry, 66(2), 162-168. (10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.02.024)

Syngelaki, E., Moore, S. C., Savage, J. C. D., Fairchild, G. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2009). Executive Functioning and Risky Decision Making in Young Male OffendersCriminal Justice and Behavior, 36(11), 1213-1227. (10.1177/0093854809343095)

2003

Ruddle, R. A., Savage, J. C. D. and Jones, D. M. (2003). Levels of Control During a Collaborative Carrying TaskPresence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 12(2), 140-155. (10.1162/105474603321640914) pdf

2002

Ruddle, R. A., Savage, J. C. D. and Jones, D. M. (2002). Evaluating Rules of Interaction for Object Manipulation in Cluttered Virtual EnvironmentsPresence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 11(6), 591-609. (10.1162/105474602321050721) pdf

Ruddle, R. A., Savage, J. C. D. and Jones, D. M. (2002). Implementing flexible rules of interaction for object manipulation in cluttered virtual environments. Presented at: ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST '02), Hong Kong, China, 11-13 November 2002. (10.1145/585740.585756)

Ruddle, R. A., Savage, J. C. D. and Jones, D. M. (2002). Symmetric and asymmetric action integration during cooperative object manipulation in virtual environmentsACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 9(4), 285-308. (10.1145/586081.586084)

Ruddle, R. A., Savage, J. C. D. and Jones, D. M. (2002). Verbal communication during cooperative object manipulation. Presented at: 4th International Conference on Collaborative Virtual Environments, Bonn, Germany, 30 September - 2 October 2002. (10.1145/571878.571897)

2001

White, J. L., Ruddle, R. A., Howes, A., Snowden, R. J., Savage, J. C. D. and Jones, D. M. (2001). Eyes in the sky: Human factors and uninhabited air vehiclesJournal of Defence Science, 6, 88-94.

1999

Ruddle, R. A., Savage, J. C. D. and Jones, D. M. (1999). Effects of camera configurations on target observation that is performed from an uninhabited air vehicleProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 43(1), 81-85. (10.1177/154193129904300117)

1998

Savage, J. C. D., Moore, C. J., Miles, J. C. and Miles, C. (1998). The interaction of time and cost constraints on the design processDesign Studies, 19(2), 217-233. (10.1016/S0142-694X(98)00004-0)

1996

Savage, J. C. D., Miles, J. C., Moore, C. J. and Miles, C. (1996). Influence of Cognitive Overload and Bias on Engineering Design. In: Kumar, B. and Retik, A. eds. Information Representation and Delivery in Civil and Structural Engineering Design. Edinburgh: Civil Comp Press, pp. 77-83. (10.4203/ccp.36.4.2)

Higher Education

Ph.D, Psychology (2001) - 'A Practical Approach to the Investigation of Object Design Behaviour: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations'.
School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Higher Education Module (2003) - Network Security.
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University

Higher Education Modules (1998) C and C++ programming.
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University

Psychology B.Sc. (1990 – 1994) - Applied Psychology B.Sc.
School of Psychology, Cardiff University

B.Sc. Final year modules included:

  • Population Psychology
  • Sociobiology
  • Adult development and aging
  • Psychology and Law
  • Clinical and counselling psychology
  • Cognitive neuropsychology of memory and attention

Training Courses

Practical Leadership For University Management (PLUM). Awarded Oct 2016.
Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) it is aimed at academic and administrative staff with significant responsibility for leading people, managing resources, budgets and projects, and is spread over a 6 month period.

Leading and Managing Teams - 26th September 2012 - 25th October 2012
This 6-day workshop arranged over a 6-week period has been accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (the ILM). It is aimed specifically at first line managers and team leaders, working in Academic roles or the Professional Services, who manage others formally or informally.

Attended the following short workshops:

  • The Way Forward - Making It Happen 2 day workshop. - 4th-5th March 2015
  • Progressing Skills of Line Managers - 27th January 2015
  • Equality and Diversity for Team Leaders and Managers - 22nd April 2013
  • Equality and Diversity (Online Module) 6th February 2013

Work Experience

School Projects Manager / Research Associate 2009 (October) – Present

Investigating IT related processes within the School of Psychology to enable paperless and efficient methodologies in the provision of administrative and teaching duties. This post requires the identification of existing technologies and the development of bespoke software to enable best practice. The technical elements are wide ranging and include designing and developing software, programming, defining data management processes, database development and implementing new technologies for eliciting feedback. The research elements involve identifying and recording existing processes, designing and implementing newer and leaner processes. In conjunction with the IT Projects Manager role I also continue to collaborate on various research projects.

Research Associate, 2009 (May) – 2009 (October)
Investigating the impact of parental lifestyle on infant well being - funded by the Waterloo Foundation.
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place Cardiff, CF10 3AT

This post required detailed analysis of a set of longitudinal data collected by the Cardiff Child Development Studies (CCDS) group at Cardiff University. This data contained detailed information about lifestyle, health and wellbeing information from over 300 sets of parents and their first born children. My role was to prepare and analyse the data in order to produce a final report for the Waterloo foundation examining the links between parental health and lifestyle and their children's behaviour, with reference to antisocial tendencies.

Research Associate, 2006 (March) – 2009 (February)
Assessment of Cognitive Models that Inform Deterring Young Vulnerable Gamblers
ESRC Grant: RES-164-25-0017
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place Cardiff, CF10 3AT

This project examined decision making and gambling behaviour in a community-based sample of juveniles who exhibited problem behaviours such as aggression, offending and substance misuse. The study focused on the relationship between individual differences in behavioural inhibition (e.g., risk taking, decision making, sensitivity to reward and punishment, capacity for self-regulation) and problem gambling, as known from official records and as assessed under experimental conditions. The empirical research was informed by analysis of national surveys that hold information on youngsters’ gambling, leisure activities and disorderly behaviour, as well as socio-economic and demographic circumstances. My role in this project was to contribute to the research through the development and implementation of the experimental processes, data analysis and dissemination of results via academic publication and conferences. In addition to my research role I assisted psychology and medical students in undergraduate and postgraduate psychology related projects and programmed, ran and analysed studies performed using the CUBRIC fMRI scanner.

Research Associate, Human Category Learning 2004 (June) – 2006 (March)
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place Cardiff, CF10 3AT

In collaboration with Dr Mark Johansen, the purpose of my appointment was to collaborate in the investigation of human category learning. My contribution to the research involved academic input, experiment development and implementation, data analysis and seminars. In addition to my research role I assisted the school in technical tasks such as the setting up of the online participant sign-up scheme and the investigation of real-time interactive teaching and research feedback mechanisms (voting systems).

Senior Researcher/ Project Manager to 'Memoria' Project. 2002 (Jan) – 2004 (May)
The Council of Museums in Wales The Courtyard, Letty Street, Cardiff, CF24 4EL

The Memoria project was an EU funded consortium of 8 European institutions which aimed to enhance the profile of regional networks of small museums (in Wales and Tuscany). The project aimed to improve the socio-economic role of such institutions within the local economy by empowering existing collection-management tools with advanced interactive multimedia solutions from the media and publishing sectors; enabling a new generation of museum networks based on advanced ICT services. My role was to manage the project at the test-bed level within Wales coordinating the participation of eight museums within Newport and Monmouthshire. The post involved managing the project and staff on a daily basis, reporting and analysing statistical information, liaising with the individual museums involved, managing and advising budgetary implications, facilitating communication between the technology providers and the technology recipients, producing detailed reports to EU standards, disseminating information, giving seminars and coordinating and participating in consortium meetings.

Research Assistant to Virtual Humans Project. 2000 (Mar) - 2001 (Aug)
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Running experiments using Virtual Reality (VR) Equipment on a Unix operating system, programming data analysis software in C++, data analysis via software packages such as SPSS and Statview, report writing, presenting data, scheduling participants and developing and maintaining a web booking system using HTML and CGI.

Research Assistant to Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Project. 1998 (Aug) - 2000 (Mar).
Funded by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA).
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place Cardiff, CF10 3AT and DERA, Ively Road,Farnborough, Hants GU14 0LX.

Similar job description to Virtual Humans Project. Additional responsibilities involved assisting postgraduates and undergraduates in the VR lab with the equipment. Produced interim reports regarding research findings and progress culminating in a detailed final project report.

Research Assistant to 'Cognition in Design' project. 1994 (Nov) - 1996 (March)
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place Cardiff, CF10 3AT and School of Engineering Cardiff University Queen's Buildings, The Parade CARDIFF CF24 3AA

Designing and running experiments, programming data analysis software in BASIC, data analysis, report writing, presenting data at conferences and research meetings.

Research Assistant  Automotive Safety and Driving Behaviour. 1992 (Jul) - 1993 (Sep)
Liberty Mutual Research Center, Hopkinton, Mass, USA

Running experiments, programming data analysis software in BASIC, SAS and MEL, data analysis and report writing.