Dr Sandhiran Patchay

Dr Sandhiran Patchay BSc Hons, PGCertHE, PGDipHE, MSc, DEA, PhD SFHEA, MInstLM

Principal Lecturer, Psychology

Key details

Dr Sandhiran Patchay

Principal Lecturer, Psychology

Dr Sandhiran Patchay is a Principal Lecturer for Psychology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich. 

Sandhi obtained his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Marseille in France; his postdoctoral research at the CNRS (Marseille) centred on motor control in normal and pathological gait, with a specific focus on anticipatory postural adjustments during gait initiation. He also conducted postdoctoral research with a Wellcome Trust Fellowship at Royal Holloway University of London, on perception and action focusing on cross-modal interference in reaching and grasping.

Sandhi joined the university in 2003, becoming principal lecturer in 2007 with an interest that mainly includes cognitive psychology, and behavioural and cognitive neuroscience. He was the recipient of a grant from the Teaching Quality Enhancement-Innovation Fund from the University of Greenwich, to promote the use of interactive study tools in Neuroscience.

He has been Programme Leader for the BSc Hons Psychology from 2006 to 2017, and has contributed substantially in the development and quality assurance of the programme.

Sandhi supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects on a broad range of behavioural and cognitive topics and has supervised PhD thesis on memory strategies, ageing and risks of falls in community-dwelling older adults. 

He leads on various departmental matters including quality assurance and timetabling. He has also played key roles in the development and approval of internal and overseas collaborative programmes within the department, and has been on several faculty and external programme validation panels.

Posts held previously:

  • 2002-03, Welcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London
  • 2001, Academic Visitor, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London
  • 1998-2001, Postdoctoral researcher, CNRS-University of Provence, Laboratory of Integrative and Adaptive Neurobiology in Marseille, France

Responsibilities within the university

  • Principal Lecturer, Psychology, School of Human Sciences
  • Lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • Course leader for Brain, Behaviour & Cognition; and Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Supervises BSc Hons/MSc/PhD, research projects
  • Member of Faculty Timetabling Group
  • Member of Faculty Learning and Quality Sub-Committee
  • Member of Faculty Portfolio Planning Group
  • Member of the University Programme Leader Steering Group
  • Member of the Academic Council


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management

Research / Scholarly interests

    Sandhi's research interests include: Anticipatory postural adjustments and EEG activity during gait initiation in young and older adults; risk of falls in old age and processing of face emotional expressions; memory strategies during ageing.

Key funded projects

  • Research & Development Funding, School of Health & Social Care: Goal directed gait initiation, 2007
  • Wellcome Trust: Effects of grasping on visuomotor control, 2002-03
  • Foundation Singer-Polignac, Paris: Cross-modal interference in reaching and grasping, 2001
  • Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale, délégation Provence, France: Gait initiation in walking disorders, 1997
  • NeuroAvenir-Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Marseille, France: Anticipatory postural adjustments in normal and pathological gait initiation in old age, 1994-95