Medicine Safety and Effective Healthcare Research

Brian Bell

Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr Brian Bell studied psychology at Reed College in Portland Oregon where he received a Bachelors degree, before going on to do obtain his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Idaho. He then completed a PhD in psychology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah where he examined how undetected errors influence performance on tasks that assess various cognitive skills. He has taught statistics in psychology departments at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the United States.

Expertise Summary


Physiological detection of deception, undetected errors, statistical consulting, developmental psychology

Research Summary

Dr Bell is currently working on an EU-funded systematic review, which involves nine European countries. This review investigates whether antibiotic consumption influences antibiotic resistance.

Past Research

He has conducted research at many universities in a diverse range of topics including:

  • The psychophysiological detection of deception
  • How teams learn to control an uninhabited airborne vehicle
  • How child-parent interactions affect the child's physical functioning
  • Error detection and correction using various cognitive tasks


With Jennifer Clegg, he recently wrote grant applications in the Division of Rehabilitation & Ageing on how attachment to the primary caregiver influences the behaviour and physiological functioning of adults with intellectual disabilities as well as the social isolation and community integration of these adults.

Future Research

He is also interested in studying how cognitive errors, slips and lapses influence prescription errors and plans to undertake more work on this in the future.

Recent Publications

Medicine Safefy and Effective Healthcare Research

The University of Nottingham
School of Medicine

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