Professor John McAlaney is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, based within the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Science and Technology. He completed his PhD at the University of West of Scotland, where he explored the social psychological factors associated with risky alcohol use. He has since expanded his research to include psychological determinants of other risk behaviours including gambling, digital addiction, and cybersecurity. He has secured funding in the form of grants and several match-funded PhD studentships to further develop these research areas. John applies this research to real-world problems through his role as a Trustee of the Gordon Moody Association, a residential service for individuals who have experienced gambling harms. His work has been used as the basis for policy documents within the British Psychological Society and he has advised industry, charity, and government bodies in the UK and internationally.