Professor Laurie Butler

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Chelmsford, Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Psychology

Research Supervision:Yes

Laurie is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Science of Engineering and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Japan and at the University of Reading, UK.

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Professor Butler joined Anglia Ruskin University in April 2019 from the University of Reading, where he was Head of the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences for over six years. His research interests include nutrition and cognition, ageing, memory and choice, as well as behaviour change.

Research interests

  • Nutrition and cognition
  • Ageing
  • Memory and choice
  • Behaviour change


PhD Psychology (1998, University of Reading)
BA Psychology (1994, University of Reading)

Selected recent publications


A Yagi, R Nouchi, L Butler, R Kawashima (2021). Lutein Has a Positive Impact on Brain Health in Healthy Older Adults: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials and Cohort Studies. Nutrients 13 (6), 1746

L Smith, L Jacob, GF López-Sánchez, L Butler et al (2021). Anxiety symptoms and mild cognitive impairment among community-dwelling older adults from low-and middle-income countries. Journal of Affective Disorders 291, 57-64

S Stockwell, M Trott, M Tully, J Shin, Y Barnett, L Butler et al (2021). Changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviours from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown: a systematic review. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 7 (1), e000960


L Bell, R McCloy, L Butler, J Vogt (2020). Motivational and affective factors underlying consumer dropout and transactional success in ecommerce: an overview. Frontiers in Psychology 11, 1546

L Smith, L Jacob, A Yakkundi, et al (2020). Correlates of symptoms of anxiety and depression and mental wellbeing associated with COVID-19: a cross-sectional study of UK-based respondents. Psychiatry research 291, 113138

L Jacob, MA Tully, Y Barnett, et al. (2020). The relationship between physical activity and mental health in a sample of the UK public: A cross-sectional study during the implementation of COVID-19 social distancing measures. Mental health and physical activity 19, 100345


Scott, I., Cooper, C., Leverton, M., Burton, A., Bereford-Dent, J., Rockwood, K., Butler, L., & Rapaport, P (2019). Effects of nonpharmacological interventions on functioning of people living with dementia at home: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials International journal of geriatric psychiatry

Dodd, GF., Williams, CM., Butler, L.T., & Spencer, JPE. (2019).Acute effects of flavonoid-rich blueberry on cognitive and vascular function in healthy older adults. Nutrition and Healthy Aging, 1-14


Bell, L., Vogt, J., Willemse, C., Routledge, T., Butler, L.T. and Sakaki, M. (2018) Beyond self-report: a review of physiological and neuroscientific methods to investigate consumer behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. 1655. ISSN 1664-1078

Macready, A., Fallaize, R., Butler, L.T., Ellis, J. A., Kuznesof, S., Frewer, L. J., Celis-Morales, C., Livingstone, K. M., Araújo-Soares, V., Fischer, A. R. H., Stewart-Knox, B. J., Mathers, J. C. and Lovegrove, J. A. (2018) Application of behavior change techniques in a personalized nutrition Electronic Health intervention study: protocol for the web-based Food4Me randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 7 (4). e87. ISSN 1929-0748

Jones, D. J. W., Harvey, K., Harris, J. P., Butler, L.T. and Vaux, E. C. (2018) Understanding the impact of haemodialysis on UK NHS patients’ wellbeing: a qualitative investigation. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 270 (1-2). pp. 193-204. ISSN 1365-2702

Bell, L., Lamport, D. J., Field, D. T., Butler, L.T. and Williams, C. M. (2018) Practice effects in nutrition intervention studies with repeated cognitive testing. Nutrition & Healthy Aging, 4 (4). pp. 309-322. ISSN 2451-9480


Bell, L., Lamport, D. J., Butler, L.T. and Williams, C. M. (2017) A study of glycaemic effects following acute anthocyanin-rich blueberry supplementation in healthy young adults. Food & Function, 8 (9). pp. 3104-3110. ISSN 2042-650X

Jones, D. J. W., Harris, J. P., Butler, L.T. and Vaux, E. C. (2017) Stereopsis in end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Physiology & Behavior, 171. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0031-9384

Albani Zambon, V., Butler, L.T., Traill, W. B. and Kennedy, O. B. (2017) Fruit and vegetable intake: change with age across childhood and adolescence. British Journal of Nutrition, 117 (5). pp. 759-765. ISSN 0007-1145