Bachelor with honors, Queens University, Belfast, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Durham (England) University, 1975. Master of Arts, Trinity College, Dublin, 1979.
Research assistant Durham (England) University, 1968-1972. Lecturer New University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, 1972-1976, Trinity College, Dublin, 1976-1985, senior lecturer, 1985-1987, head department, 1987-1988, Swinburne University, Melbourne, 1988-1994, head School Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1994-2000. Deputy vice-chancellor, Chief Executive Officer Swinburne Sarawak Institute of Technology, Kuching, East Malaysia, since 2000.
Visiting Fulbright fellow University California, Davis, 1977-1978.
Fellow British Psychological Society (associate). Member American Psychological Association (international affiliate), Australian Psychological Society, Reversal Theory Society (president 1995-1997).
Married Susan Elaine Hartley, March 11, 1967. Children: Victoria Siobhan, David Alan, Matthew Kenneth.