Owen Hargie is Professor of Communication at the University of Ulster, and visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and University of Chester. He is an elected Member of the prestigious Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is Vice-Chair of the 'Interpersonal and Social Interaction' Division of the European Communication Research and Education Association. His special areas of interest are in the fields of interpersonal, organisational, health, and inter-cultural communication. He has published some 20 books and 120 book chapters and journal articles. He acts as consultant on communication for numerous public and private sector organisations throughout the world. In 2007 he was awarded a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship by the University of Ulster in recognition of his research contributions over three decades.