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)


  1. Edwards, D. (n.d.) A novel ACT-based video game to support mental health through embedded learning: A mixed-methods feasibility study protocol. BMJ Open
  2. Pinna, T. & Edwards, D. A Systematic Review of Associations Between Interoception, Vagal Tone, and Emotional Regulation: Potential Applications for Mental Health, Wellbeing, Psychological Flexibility, and Chronic Conditions. Frontiers in Psychology, 11
  3. Shackleton, E., Toutt, C., & Edwards, D. Psychological context effects of participant expectation on pain pressure thresholds as an adjunct to cervicothoracic HVLA thrust manipulation: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
  4. Panagioti, M., Khan, K., Keers, R., Abuzour, A., Phipps, D., Kontopantelis, E., Bower, P., Campbell, S., Haneef, R., Avery, A., Ashcroft, D., & Edwards, D. Prevalence, severity, and nature of preventable patient harm across medical care settings: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ, l4185
  5. Edwards, D., Rainey, E., Boukouvala, V., Wells, Y., Bennett, P., Tree, J., & Kemp, A. 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

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  • 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 research 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.


  • Exploiting 3D scanning technology in lymphoedema for accurate and fast measurements of volume and shape (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
  • Do outcomes differ for frail older patients admired into an acute hospital assessment unit depending on whether the assessment is carried out by a physician or Advanced Nurse Practitioner? (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Jayne Cutter
  • Investigating the transition from paediatric to adult services and the management of ongoing care of adults with osteogenesis imperfecta (current)

    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, cultural and social factors. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
  • An Exploratory Mixed-Methods investigation of Adult Hearing Aid Users and the Relationships of Hearing Aid Use with Anxiety, Depression, Loneliness, and Social Inclusion. (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
  • An investigation of the role of paramedics in Child Protection (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Davies
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees

Key Grants and Projects

  • Developing and assessing the feasibility and acceptability of an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) based, peer support intervention for people affected by haematological cancers who have competed initial active Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy 2019

    , £29,924.70

  • 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