Professor Trevor Harley

On this page




+44 (0)1382 384623



I am Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Dundee, and a writer, science journalist, public speaker, and comedian. I was formerly Chair of Cognitive Psychology at Dundee, where I was Head of Department and then Dean from 2003 until 2014. I am now a full-time writer and speaker. I am author of several books, including the best-selling text The Psychology of Language, currently in its fourth edition. My research interests are wide, including language, consciousness, sleep and dreams, ageing, futurology, and psychology and the weather. I have suffered all my life from severe anxiety and depression, another subject of my research, and write, talk, and blog about it.

Media availability

I am available for media commentary on my research.

Professor Harley’s research interests centre on why we behave as we do and on how we can best fulfil our potential. He talks and writes about consciousness, dreams, AI and society, and language and ageing. He is most known for his work on mental illness and especially on how the weather affects our behaviour.

Contact Corporate Communications for media enquiries.

Areas of expertise

  • Psychology
  • Weather