Dr Donna Lloyd


I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in January 2013 before being promoted to Associate Professor in June 2014. Prior to that I was a Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester (2005 - 2010).

I obtained my DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2003 where I investigated visuo-tactile integration in humans using fMRI at the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB). I then completed a two-year post-doctoral appointment at the Pain Research Institute/Magnetic Resonance and Image Analysis Research Centre, University of Liverpool, using fMRI to measure the central nervous system response to chronic back pain and phantom limb pain.


  • Programme Manager for BSc Psychology (Intercalated)

Research interests

My work focuses on the multisensory and cognitive factors underlying body representation and somatic awareness (including touch, pain and itch) in both healthy and clinical populations. In particular, I am interested in the behavioural and neural traits that predict whether someone will misperceive touch using perceptual illusions, signal detection analysis, fMRI, EEG and transcranial electrical stimulation methods combined with qualitative analysis of subjective reports of bodily awareness.


  • DPhil(Oxon)
  • BSc (Joint Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience (with industrial experience)

Professional memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society

Student education

I am the Programme Manager for BSc Psychology (Intercalated). I also teach across all levels of the BSc Psychology degree on topics such as 'Biopsychosocial Approaches to Understanding Human Pain', 'Emotion Processing in the Brain' as well as supervising research projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters) level.

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