Dr John Maltby

Associate Professor

(From August 2017; Professor of Differential Psychology)

DPhil (University of Ulster)

Research groups: Health and Psychological Well-being
Email: jm148@le.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2482
Fax: +44 (0)116 223 1325

Room 5.24

Centre for Medicine
University of Leicester

Research Interests and Techniques

My research focuses on how the dynamic between agency and structure shapes human beliefs and behaviour. A key feature of my work involves a) capacity for human beings to make choices and to impose those choices on their world, and b) how individuals respond, or feel able to respond, to social influence.

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I would be interested in supervising PhD study in any of the areas listed above. Learn more about how to apply here.


Selected Publications since 2015 (full list here)

Maltby, J., Dale, M., Underwood, M., Simpson, J. and the REGISTRY investigators of the European Huntington’s Disease Network.  (in press). Irritability in Huntington’s Disease: Factor Analysis of Snaith’s Irritability Scale. Movement Disorders: Clinical Practice.

McLean, R. J., Maconachie, G.D.E., Gottlob, I. & Maltby, J. (in press). The Development of a Nystagmus Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire.  Ophthalmology, 123(9):2023-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.05.033.

Dale, M., Maltby, J.[Corr Auth] , Martucci, R., Shimosaki, S. and the REGISTRY investigators of the European Huntington’s Disease Network (2015). Factor Analysis of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale among a Huntington’s Disease Population. Movement Disorders, 30(14), 1954-1960. doi: 10.1002/mds.26419

Dale, M., Maltby, J. [Corr Auth] , Shimozaki, S., Cramp, R., Rickards, and the REGISTRY investigators of the European Huntington’s Disease Network (2016). Disease stage, but not sex, predicts depression and psychological distress in Huntington's disease:  A European population study Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 80(1), 17-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.11.003

Maltby J, Day L, Hall S (2015) Refining Trait Resilience: Identifying Engineering, Ecological, and Adaptive Facets from Extant Measures of Resilience. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0131826. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131826

Taylor, M. J., Vlaev, I., Maltby, J., Brown, G. D. A., & Wood, A. M. (2015). Improving social norms interventions: Rank-framing increases excessive alcohol drinkers’ information-seeking. Health Psychology, 34(12), 1200–1203. doi:10.1037/hea0000237

Griffiths, A. W., Wood, A.M., Maltby, J, Taylor, P. J., Panagioti, M., & Tai, S. (2015). The Development of the Short Defeat and Entrapment Scale (SDES). Psychological Assessment, 27(4), 1182-1194. doi: 10.1037/gas0000110

Maltby, J. & Day, L. (in press). Regulatory motivations in celebrity interest: Self-suppression and self-expansion. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000087

Ryder, H., Maltby, J., Rai, L., Jones, P. & Flowe, H.D. (in press). Women’s Preferences for Physically Formidable and Dominant Mates: How Specific Are the Underlying Psychological Mechanisms? Evolution and Human Behavior.

Recent Funding (full list here)

White, A., Williams, G., Maltby, J. & Seims, A. (2017). Evaluation of a 2-Year Pilot Project for Men’s Mental Health funded through the Big Lottery. Rugby League Cares.

Jones C., Robertson, N., & Maltby J. (2016).Second Victim Support Unit Evaluation. Patient Safety Collaborative.

Jones C., Green  W., & Maltby J. (2016). Nerve Centre Electronic Observations Pilot Evaluation. University Hospitals Leicester.

Roland, D., Jones C., Green, W., Maltby J., Robinson, S., (2015) Mobilising Human Factors Knowledge to Maximise Safety Huddle Impact: Protecting Patients & Optimising  Organisations. Health Education England

Jones, C., Palmer, E., Hatcher, R., Flowe, H., O'Reilly, M. & Maltby, J. (PI) (2015-16). Public Sector Failure: Lessons for Healthcare Policy Makers. Health Foundation.

Maltby, J. (2014). Joy and Emotion: An intervention study. Unilever/CAPP.

Recent Books

Maltby, J. Day, L. & Macaskill, A. (2017). Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence. (4th Edition) Harlow: Pearson Education.

Maltby, J. Day, L. & Macaskill, A. (2013). Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence. (3rd Edition) Harlow: Pearson Education.

Current PhD Students

Bebane (PhD), Aziz (PhD), Belen (PhD), Yildirim (PhD), Peijsel (PhD), Alanazi (PhD), Guldas (PhD).


13 PhD and 1 DPsych Completions.

Professional Activities

The British Psychological Society 2010 Award for Excellence in Psychology Education.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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