Dr Peter Gardner

Dr Peter Gardner

Head of School and Senior Lecturer

+44(0)113 343 5719 (PA); +44 (0)113 343 6678 (direct)

Summary: I am an applied psychologist interested in human factors and human-computer interaction. In particular, I am interested in the design and use of all forms of technology in health settings.

Location: Room G.01, Psychology Building


Peter Gardner is a human factors psychologist who is keen to apply psychological theory and research to applied issues. He has a first degree in Psychology, a MSc in Computer Studies, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. He worked with Donald Broadbent and Dianne Berry at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford before taking up a post with Toby Wall at the MRC Social and Applied Psychology Unit in Sheffield (now the Institute of Work Psychology). In 1995 he took up a lectureship at the University of Leeds, and became a Senior Lecturer in 2003.

He has two primary areas of research interest:

  1. Human-computer interaction - including the psychology of design and usability.
  2. Technology and Health - including the design and implementation of medical devices, new health technology, patient safety and psychosocial aspects of e-health.

He is also interested in organizational aspects of introducing new technology and has worked in field settings with organizations such as the Royal Mail, British Nuclear Fuels, and the NHS.