My research is interdisciplinary in nature, spanning across cognitive, behavioural, health psychology and psychophysiology.   I have interests in categorization and unitization as diagnostic tools for conditions such as autism and TBI.  I am also interested in osteopathic interventions which alleviate pain, combined with values-based psychological interventions such as ACT and mindfulness to help alleviate comorbid mental health disorders.  Finally, I have a broad interest in promoting and developing low cost preventative interventions.  The focus of this is to prevent conditions such as chronic anxiety and depression whilst promoting social connectedness as well as health and wellbeing for a variety of populations.  

  • PGCERT HE (2018), teaching qualification, Swansea University, UK
  • PhD (2010), Cognitive psychology, Swansea University, UK 
  • Msc (2006) Psychological research methods, Swansea University, UK 
  • BSc (2005), Psychology, Swansea University, UK 

Areas of Expertise

  • Categorization and concept learning
  • Information theory
  • Autism
  • Sequence learning
  • NHS health psychology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Chronic pain
  • Values-based interventions
  • Mindfulness
  • Perspective-taking (PT)
  • Relational Frame Theory (RFT)

Publications

  1. (2019). Pro-active Prevention and Amelioration Re: Prevalence, severity, and nature of preventable patient harm across medical care settings: systematic review and meta-analysis. (BMJ).
  2. & Novel ACT-based eHealth psychoeducational intervention for students with mental distress: a study protocol for a mixed-methodology pilot trial. BMJ Open 9(7), e029411
  3. (2019). ACTing in Society. A Pint of Science.
  4. & Immediate effects and associations between interoceptive accuracy and range of motion after a HVLA thrust on the thoracolumbar junction: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
  5. & Protocol for a feasibility and acceptability study using a brief ACT-based intervention for people from Southwest Wales who live with persistent pain. BMJ Open 8(11), e021866

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Teaching

  • SHF207 Applied Psychology and Sociology for Health Care

    This module considers the impact of individual and societal influences on health and illness. Theory and evidence from the disciplines of psychology and sociology will be considered within the context of healthcare provision.

  • SHF303 Applying Evidence Based Practice

    This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to develop a proposal for further investigation.

  • SHHM18 Quantitative Research Methods

    This module provides an introduction to a range of quantitative research methods used in the social sciences. Students will learn about the theoretical underpinnings and pragmatic issues relating to the conduct of primary research and secondary analysis of existing data. They will also gain practical experience of undertaking various research tasks at key stages in the research process. The module offers variety, diversity and depth of understanding while focusing on social science perspectives in the field of health services research.

  • SHP103 Introduction to Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine

    This module offers an introduction to psychology and explores the contribution of psychology to medicine, health and illness.

  • SHP205 Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine

    This module will build on knowledge gained at level 4 to develop a more in depth understanding of the role of psychology in health and illness.

Supervision

  • An Exploratory Mixed-Methods investigation of Adult Hearing Aid Users and the Relationships of Hearing Aid Use with Anxiety, Depression, Loneliness, and Social Inclusion. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
  • Exploiting 3D scanning technology in lymphoedema for accurate and fast measurements of volume and shape (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Joy Merrell
  • Effects of Rehabilitation on Cardiac patients' health-related quality of life in Kuwait: Role of exercise, culture and social factors. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
  • An Investigation of Chinese Massage in for the Treatment of Mild-to-Moderate Postpartum Depressed Individuals: Does Vagal Nerve Function Mediate Outcome? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
  • What impact has the care of elderly advanced nurse practitioner working within secondary care had on patients admitted into an acute hospital setting in comparison to the traditional method of service delivery? A quantitative study. (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Jayne Cutter
  • An investigation of the role of paramedics in Child Protection (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Davies
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees

Key Grants and Projects

  • Developing heart rate applications for measuring trust in an autonomous vehicle setting 2018

    , with Holmes, M, CHERISH-DE £5000

  • Developing a virtual reality environment for measuring trust in an autonomous vehicle setting 2018

    , with Holmes, M, CHERISH-DE £5000

  • A pilot investigation into the use of bilingual techniques to remediate over-selectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2016

    , with Rogers,V., £5000

  • A focus group evaluation of an outreach project delivered by Neath and Port Talbot Carer Service for unpaid carers. 2015

    Big Lottery Funding, £3000

  • Exploring gaps and opportunities for the Emergency Ambulance Service Commissioning Collaborative. 2015

    NHS Health Board's commissioning collaborative, with Patel, C., & Phillips, C., £7115

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Module Leader - SHF303 Applying Evidence Based Practice

    2014 - Present

  • Module Leader - SHFM02 Dissertation: M Ost Osteopathy

    2014 - Present

  • Module Leader - SHHM18 Quantitative Research Methods

    2014 - Present

  • Module Leader - SHP103 Introduction to Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine

    2014 - 2017

  • Module Leader - SHF207 Applied Psychology and Sociology for Health Care

    2014 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2018 Present Senior Lecturer Swansea University
2014 2018 Lecturer Swansea University
2010 2014 Research Fellow Swansea University

Research Groups

  • Chronic Pain Lab

    The Chronic Pain Laboratory explores implications of chronic pain management and diagnostics through the use of osteopathic and psychological principles. For example, it explores the comorbid psychological disorders associated with chronic pain and the potential interventions in order to remediate these symptoms of anxiety and depression, such as through mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2018 'Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2018 Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

External Responsibilities

  • Research Champion , The National Council for Osteopathic Research

    2018 - Present

  • Member, British Psychological Society

    2018 - Present

  • Member, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

    2019 - Present