Dr Gerard Riley BA, MPhil, PhD

Dr Gerard Riley

School of Psychology
Associate Professor

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Clinical Psychologist.  I work in neuropsychological rehabilitation, both in clinical practice and in research.  Research interests include family relationships in acquired brain injury and dementia, errorless learning, and the coping responses of those with an acquired brain injury (particularly self-identity).


B.A. (Oxford); B.A. (Liverpool); M.Phil. (London); PhD.


Dr Riley teaches on the Clinical Psychology doctorate programme.

Postgraduate supervision

Gerard Riley teaches on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme. His research interests include:

Neuropsychological rehabilitation in acquired brain injury: errorless learning, anxiety-related avoidance of activities, disclosure of information about the injury to others
Family responses to disability: relationship continuity in dementia, family engagement in rehabilitation after acquired brain injury
Risk and sexual health: cognitive, social and cultural factors that influence safe/unsafe sexual behaviour in the context of HIV and other STDs


Recent publications


Gilbert, E, Villa, D & Riley, GA 2023, 'A scoping review of psychosocial interventions to enhance the relationship of couples living with dementia', Dementia, vol. 2023, pp. 1-35. https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012231166474

Carparelli, C, Jones, C, Oyebode, JR & Riley, G 2022, 'A systematic review of the effectiveness of educational interventions in promoting person-centred care in dementia services', Clinical gerontologist. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2022.2152515

Yasmin, N & Riley, G 2022, 'Are spousal partner perceptions of continuity and discontinuity within the relationship linked to the symptoms of acquired brain injury?', Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 44, no. 16, pp. 4249-4256. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2021.1900410

Lewis, M & Riley, G 2021, 'Are spousal carers’ perceptions of continuity and discontinuity within the relationship influenced by the symptoms of dementia?', Dementia, vol. 20, no. 7, pp. 2294-2306. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301221994311

Riley, G & Pearce, A 2021, 'Wakeful rest during storage and consolidation enhances priming effects for those with acquired memory impairment', Memory, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 547-558. https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2021.1907414

Yasmin, N, Keeble, HS & Riley, G 2020, 'Development and psychometric evaluation of the Birmingham Relationship Continuity Measure for acquired brain injury', Brain Injury, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 1089-1099. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2020.1767304

Yasmin, N & Riley, GA 2020, 'Psychological intervention for partners post-stroke: A case report', NeuroRehabilitation, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 237-245. https://doi.org/10.3233/NRE-203173

Riley, GA, Keeble, HS, Yasmin, N & Hagger, BF 2020, 'Relationship continuity and person-centred care: an exploratory mixed-methods investigation of spousal partners' responses to the challenging care needs of those with acquired brain injury', Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 1169–1189. https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2019.1566078

Riley, GA, Achiampong, J, Hillberg, T & Oyebode, JR 2020, 'Relationship continuity and person-centred care in how spouses make sense of challenging care needs', Aging & Mental Health, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 242-249. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2018.1531380

Hagger, B & Riley, G 2019, 'The Social Consequences of Stigma-Related Self-Concealment after Acquired Brain Injury', Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: an international journal, vol. 29, no. 7, pp. 1129-1148. https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2017.1375416

Riley, G, Evans, L & Oyebode, J 2018, 'Relationship Continuity and Emotional Well-Being in Spouses of People with Dementia', Aging & Mental Health, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 299-305. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2016.1248896

Villa, D & Riley, G 2017, 'Partners’ experiences of relationship continuity in acquired brain injury', Cogent Psychology, vol. 4, no. 1, 1380891. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2017.1380891

Riley, GA & Balloo, S 2016, 'Maternal narratives about their child's identity following acquired brain injury', Cogent Psychology, vol. 3, no. 1, 1154308, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2016.1154308


Riley, G 2019, 'Relationship continuity/discontinuity—a framework for investigating the role of relationships in the experience of living with dementia', American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 145-147. https://doi.org/10.1177/1533317518813557

Review article

Villa, D, Causer, H & Riley, GA 2021, 'Experiences that challenge self-identity following traumatic brain injury: a meta-synthesis of qualitative research', Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 43, no. 23, pp. 3298-3314 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1743773

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