Dr Rob Sanders


I am currently Senior Lecturer and Head of Programme for the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme at York St John University and at SEGi College (Subang Jaya) Malaysia. I am also a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society. I gained my undergraduate degree in psychology from Brunel University and went on to complete my PhD in neuropsychiatric genetics at the University of Wales College of Medicine. My interests lie broadly in neurocognitive functioning and mental health.


Further Information






My research interests lie in neurocognitive functioning and mental health and I have successfully supervised several post-graduate theses including:


Gascoyne, S. “Concealment versus disclosure in mental illness: The impact on levels of psychosocial distress and clinical symptoms.”  York St John University (Leeds University) MA Thesis


Milner , R.C. “The impact of sex differences and levels of arousal on the weapon focus effect."  York St John University (Leeds University) MA Thesis

2004 – 2006

Macrae, H. “Prospective memory abilities and executive function in long term regular cannabis users.”   York St John University (Leeds University) MA Thesis


Professional Activities


I am responsible for all aspects of the undergraduate psychology programme at York St John University and SEGi College (Subang Jaya) in Malaysia; this includes responsibilities for curriculum, quality and standards, and the overall student experience. I am also the departmental liaison representative for the British Psychological Society, a member of York St John University’s quality network and have acted as mentor to Heads of Programme from other subject areas. I make regular contributions to the psychology provision at the National Science Learning Centre at York and act in a supervisory role for psychology assistants of the Assertive Outreach Team in York. Additionally I offer supervision to post-graduate research students at York St John University.




In Progress:

Sanders RD (2014) Critical Thinking in Psychology: Biological Psychology. Learning Matters. Exeter



Marian L Hamshere1, Peter A Holmans1, Geraldine M McCarthy1, Lisa A Jones1, Kieran C Murphy1, Robert D Sanders1, Marion Y Gray1, Stanley Zammit1, Nigel M Williams1, Nadine Norton1, Hywel J Williams1, Peter McGuffin2, Michael C O’Donovan1, Nicholas Craddock1, Michael J Owen1, Alastair G Cardno3 (2011) Phenotype evaluation and genomewide linkage study of clinical variables in schizophrenia. American Journal of Medical Genetics B Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 156 (8), 929-940

Stanley Zammit, Gaynor Jones, Susan J. Jones, Nadine Norton, Robert D. Sanders, Charis Milham, Geraldine M. McCarthy, Lisa A. Jones, Alastair G. Cardno, Marion Gray, Kieran C. Murphy, Michael C. O'Donovan, Michael J. Owen (2004) Polymorphisms in the MAOA, MAOB, and COMT genes and aggressive behaviour in schizophrenia. American Journal of Medical Genetics B Neuropsychiatric Genetics 128 (1), 19-20

Sanders RD, Velikova G, Smith A, Stark D, Wright EP, Randerson Moor J, Bishop DT, Selby P (2002) Introducing the measurement of quality of life into clinical practice:  Technology and mechanisms. Chapter in Germ Cell Tumors V

Sanders RD, Bishop T, Selby P (2002) Genetic research in psycho-social oncology: Patients’ perspectives. British Psychosocial Society annual conference and Psycho-Oncology (in press)

Jones G, Zammit S, Norton N, Hamshere ML, Jones S, Milham C, Sanders RD, McCarthy GM, Jones LA, Cardno AG, Gray M, Murphy KC, Owen MJ (2001) Aggressive behaviour in patients with schizophrenia is associated with Catechol-O-methyltransferase genotype. British Journal of Psychiatry 179: 351-355

Bowen T, Williams N, Norton N, Spurlock G, Wittekindt OH, Morris-Rosendahl DJ, Williams H, Brzustowicz L, Hoogendoorn B, Zammit S, Jones G, Sanders RD, Jones LA, McCarthy G, Jones S, Bassett A, Cardno AG, Owen MJ, O'Donovan MC (2001) Mutation screening of the KCNN3 gene reveals a rare frameshift mutation. Molecular Psychiatry 6 (3): 259-60

Cardno AG, Holmans PA, Rees MI, Jones LA, McCarthy GM, Hamshere ML, Williams NM, Norton N, Williams HJ, Fenton I, Murphy KC, Sanders RD, Gray MY, O'Donovan MC, McGuffin P, Owen MJ (2001) A genomewide linkage study of age at onset in schizophrenia. American Journal of Medical Genetics 105 (5): 439-45

Jones LA, Cardno AG, Sanders RD, Owen MJ, Williams J (2001) Sustained and selective attention as measures of genetic liability to schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 48 (2-3): 263-72

Austin J, Buckland P, Cardno AG, Williams N, Spurlock G, Hoogendoorn B, Zammit S, Jones G, Sanders RD, Jones L, McCarthy G, Jones S, Bray NJ, McGuffin P, Owen MJ, O'Donovan MC (2000) The high affinity neurotensin receptor gene (NTSR1): comparative sequencing and association studies in schizophrenia. Molecular Psychiatry 5 (5): 552-7

Justin J, Hoogendoorn B, Buckland P, Cardno A, Bowen T, Williams N, Spurlock G, Sanders RD, Jones LA, Murphy KC, McCarthy M, Owen MJ, O'Donovan MC (2000) Comparative sequencing of the proneurotensin gene in schizophrenia. Molecular Psychiatry 5: 208-12

Bowen T, Guy CA, Cardno AG, Vincent JB, Kennedy JB, Jones LA, Gray M, Sanders RD, McCarthy G, Murphy KC, Owen MJ, O'Donovan MC (2000) Repeat sizes at CAG / CTG loci CTG 18-1, ERDA1, and TGC 13-7a in schizophrenia. Psychiatric Genetics 10: 33-7

Bray N, Williams NM, Bowen T, Cardno AG, Gray M, Jones LA, Murphy KC, Sanders RD, Spurlock G, O'Donovan MC, Owen MJ (2000) No evidence for association between a non-synonymous polymorphism in the gene encoding human metabotropic glutamate receptor 7 and schizophrenia. Psychiatric Genetics 10 (2): 83-86

Jones LA, Cardno AG, Murphy KC, Sanders RD, Gray MY, McCarthy G, McGuffin P (2000) The King's schizotypy questionnaire as a quantitative measure of schizophrenia liability. Schizophrenia Research 45 (3): 213-21

Speight G, Turic D, Austin J, Hoogendoorn B, Cardno AG, Murphy KC, Sanders RD, McCarthy G, Jones L, McCandless F, McGuffin P, Craddock N, Owen MJ, Buckland P, O'Donovan MC (2000) Comparative sequencing and association studies of aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Molecular Psychiatry 5: 327-331



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