Dr Gerard Riley BA, MPhil, PhD

Dr Gerard Riley

School of Psychology
Senior Academic Tutor

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


Yasmin, N, Keeble, HS & Riley, GA 2020, 'Development and psychometric evaluation of the Birmingham Relationship Continuity Measure for acquired brain injury', Brain Injury, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2020.1767304

Yasmin, N & Riley, GA 2020, 'Psychological intervention for partners post-stroke: A case report', NeuroRehabilitation. 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

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

Riley, G 2017, 'Partners’ experiences of relationship continuity in acquired brain injury', Cogent Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2017.1380891

Hagger, B & Riley, G 2017, 'The Social Consequences of Stigma-Related Self-Concealment after Acquired Brain Injury', Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: an international journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2017.1375416

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, GA 2016, 'The partner's experience of traumatic brain injury and its recovery', Concussion, vol. 1, no. 3, CNC18. https://doi.org/10.2217/cnc-2016-0012

Riley, GA & Hagger, BF 2015, 'Disclosure of a stigmatized identity: A qualitative study of the reasons why people choose to tell or not tell others about their traumatic brain injury', Brain Injury, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 1480-1489. https://doi.org/10.3109/02699052.2015.1071427

Bodley-Scott, SEM & Riley, GA 2015, 'How Partners Experience Personality Change after Traumatic Brain Injury-Its Impact on Their Emotions and their Relationship', Brain Impairment, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 205-220. https://doi.org/10.1017/BrImp.2015.22

Riley, GA, Hough, A, Meader, LM & Brennan, AJ 2015, 'The course and impact of family optimism in the post-acute period after acquired brain injury', Brain Injury, vol. 29, no. 7-8, pp. 804-812. https://doi.org/10.3109/02699052.2015.1004754

Riley, GA & Venn, P 2014, 'A comparison of automatic and intentional instructions when using the method of vanishing cues in acquired brain injury', Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 53-81. https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2014.941294


Riley, G 2018, '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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1533317518813557

Review article

Villa, D, Causer, H & Riley, GA 2020, 'Experiences that challenge self-identity following traumatic brain injury: a meta-synthesis of qualitative research', Disability and Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1743773

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