Saul Mcleod, PhD

Educator, Researcher


Attachment Styles, Research Methods, Psychology Theories


BSc (Hons) Psychology, MRes, PhD, University of Manchester


Saul Mcleod, Ph.D., is a qualified psychology teacher with over 18 years of experience working in further and higher education. Saul has a knack for breaking down complex information into easily digestible pieces.

His main areas of teaching responsibility included:

  • Teaching A-level psychology, psychology BSc. tutorial and seminar classes, and supporting the teaching of lab lectures and statistics.
  • Assessing assignments and giving constructive feedback to students across a range of A-level and undergraduate psychology modules.
  • Curriculum development of psychology modules through applying an appropriate pedagogical and instructional design framework to the course development and delivery process.

In 2021, Dr. Mcleod obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Manchester, examining the relationship between romantic attachment and social support.



His articles on Simply Psychology have been referenced by numerous media outlets and publications, including:

  • The New York Times
  • CNN
  • The Telegraph
  • BBC
  • The Washington Post
  • The Guardian

According to Google Scholar, his articles have collectively been cited more than 8000 times during the past 5 years in academic journal papers.

Professional Experience

  • Founder, content writer, and editor-in-chief of Simply Psychology (2007-present)
  • International Affiliate Member of the (APA) American Psychological Association (2023)
  • Chartered Member of The British Psychological Society: CPsychol (2022)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant on the Undergraduate Psychology degree at The University of Manchester (2014-2020)
  • Lecturer at Wigan and Leigh College, primarily teaching A-level psychology (2003-2013)
  • Lecturer at Edge Hill University College, during PGCE work placement (2001-2002)
  • He has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.


  • PhD in Psychology, The University of Manchester (2021)
  • MRes in Experimental Psychology with Data Science, The University of Manchester (2012)
  • PGCE in Further, Higher and Adult Education, University of Bolton (2002)
  • Psychology BSc. (Hons), University of Bolton (2002)