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

Personal details




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 recent publications

Maltby, J., Day, L., Flowe, H.D., Vostanis, P., & Chivers, S. (in press). Psychological trait resilience within ecological systems theory: The Resilient Systems Scales. Journal of Personality Assessment. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/I8YwjXTchFqDgGzJjeYu/full

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.

Maltby, J. & Day, L. (2017). Regulatory motivations in celebrity interest: Self-suppression and self-expansion. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 6(2),103-112. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000087.

McLean, R. J., Maconachie, G.D.E., Gottlob, I. & Maltby, J. (2016). 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.[CAu] , 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

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


  • Palmer, E., Maltby, J., O'Reilly, M. & Dover, R. (2017). Evaluation and review of Prevent Innovation fund projects. Home Office. £25k.
  • 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. £59.8k.
  • Jones C., Robertson, N., Maltby J. (2016). Second Victim Support Unit. Patient Safety Collaborative. £10k
  • Jones C., Robertson, N., Maltby J. (2016).Second Victim Support Unit Evaluation. Patient Safety Collaborative. £8k
  • Jones C., Green  W., Maltby J. (2016). Nerve Centre Electronic Observations Pilot Evaluation.  University Hospitals Leicester. £16k.

  • 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  £24k
  • Jones, C. (joint PI), Palmer, E., Hatcher, R., Flowe, H., O'Reilly, M. & Maltby, J. (joint PI) (2015-16). Public Sector Failure: Lessons for Healthcare Policy Makers. Health Foundation.  (£94.6k)
  • Hutchinson, C. V., Maltby, J. & Paterson, K. (2014/15). Reading between the lines of visual discomfort in CFS/ME. ME Research UK. (£15,922)
  • Maltby, J. (2014). Joy and Emotion: An intervention study. Unilever/CAPP. (£12,491).
  • Maltby, J., Milburn, L. & Durrant, D. (2012-13). Adaptive Resilience, Diversity and the Creative Case:  Developing current strategies and networks among Disability and Deaf Lead Organisations with the Midlands and South West. . Arts Council England. (£33,280)
  • Maltby, J., Milburn, L. & Durrant, D. (2012-13). A Disability Audit: Midlands and South West. Arts Council England. (£40,000)
  • Paterson, K., White, S. & Maltby, J. (2011). 2 Scholarships from the Nuffield Foundation Science Bursaries for Schools & Colleges. (£1000).
  • Paterson, K., Filik, R. & Maltby, J. (2011-2013). Improving secondary school students’ science text comprehension. Leverhulme Trust. (£72,821).
  • Maltby, J. & Day, L. (2009/10). Individual Difference Practical Resource Pack. Higher Education Academy Psychology Network. (£5,492.80) and Pearson Education (£2,000). (Click here)
  • Colley, A. & Maltby, J. (2009/10). Public sporting role models, sports interest and sport participation among young people. Leverhulme Trust. (£36,454)
  • Maltby, J., Day, L. & Giles, D. C. (2008/2009). ‘To be, or not to be, a psychologist’: Psychology students implicit theories of what makes an ideal psychologist. Higher Education Academy Psychology Network (£5,679). (Click here)
  • Maltby, J., Day, L. & Giles, D. C. (2008/2009). Psychological Test Resource. Higher Education Academy Psychology Network. (£4,966). (Click here
  • Maltby, J. & Day, L. (2004). £4,000 awarded by the Psychology LTSN (Learning and Teaching Support Network) for a project entitled “Using Mathematical Puzzles to Support the Teaching of Statistics”.
  • Maltby J. with ARC Research and Consultancy, and University of Sheffield (2000/01) reviewing good practice among the partnerships involved in National Right Fit Health Promotion: Glaxo-Smith-Kline/Barnardos. (£50k).
  • McCamley, A., Maltby, J. with Society of Volunteer Associations (1998/2000):  The ‘Triumph and Success’ research project among 15 to 21 year olds in Sheffield in collaboration with the Society of Volunteer Associations and other local Sheffield youth agencies.  Joseph Rowntree Foundation. (£92k).

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