Professor Simon Dymond
Professor
Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 295602
Room: Office - 915A
Ninth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

I obtained my PhD from University College Cork, Ireland, in 1996 and then undertook postdoctoral training and a teaching fellowship at Bangor University. I was a founding Lecturer in the new Department of Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University between 1998 and 2005, when I moved to Swansea University. I am Professor of Psychology and Behaviour Analysis and Director of the Experimental Psychopathology Lab.

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental psychopathology (fear and avoidance learning and generalisation)
  • Gambling disorder
  • Relational Frame Theory
  • Behavioural Neuroscience

Publications

  1. Dymond, S., Owen, W., Hoon, A., Roderique-Davies, G., John, B., & Bowden-Jones, H. The need for gambling disorder clinics in Wales. The Lancet, 396(10261), e80
  2. Zuj, D., xia, W., Lloyd, K., Vervliet, B., & Dymond, S. Negative reinforcement rate and persistent avoidance following response-prevention extinction. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 133, 103711
  3. Wardle, H., John, A., Dymond, S., & McManus, S. Problem gambling and suicidality in England: secondary analysis of a representative cross-sectional survey. Public Health, 184, 11-16.
  4. Bennett, M., Roche, B., Dymond, S., Baeyens, F., Vervliet, B., & Hermans, D. Transitions from avoidance: Reinforcing competing behaviours reduces generalised avoidance in new contexts. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73(12), 2119-2131.
  5. Hoon, A., Freegard, G., & Dymond, S. Symbolic generalization of the near-miss in simulated slot-machine gambling. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice

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Teaching

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). They must also complete an Ethical Considerations Form, showing that they have considered and resolved ethical issues relating to their project.

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and research topics. Students must design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). They must also complete an ethical considerations form, showing that they have considered and resolved ethical issues relating to their project.

  • SRE703 Sport integrity, corruption and gambling

    Students will be presented with an historical overview for both the relations between gambling and sport and the wider contexts of corruption. Attention will be paid to classic cases of corruption including the Salt Lake City Olympic case and the IOC responses to it. It will also focus on the rise of the phenomenon of match fixing, understanding the prevalence and forms that it takes, and critically evaluating sport and gambling industry responses to it. The module spans systemic and individualised issues. Thus students will also be presented with material presented population-wide and individual athlete gambling behaviours, and in particular the pathological forms of gambling addiction being witnessed in sports.

Supervision

  • Extinction of avoidance in humans: The roles of paired stimuli and unavoidable aversive events (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Zuj
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Kemp
  • Behavioural Processes of Fear and Avoidance Generalization in Humans (awarded 2020)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Zuj
    Other supervisor: Dr Frederic Boy
    Other supervisor: Dr Frederic Boy
  • Partial Reinforcement of Avoidance, Response Effort and Avoidance Extinction. (awarded 2020)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Zuj
  • Gambling on Civvy Street: Assessing the Impact of Gambling Harms on Armed Forces Veterans and Their Families (awarded 2020)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alice Hoon
  • The factors affecting the micro-structure of Human Schedule Performance (awarded 2020)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Reed
  • Multi Agency Working with Substance misusing families: The effectiveness of prevention and early Intervention Services (awarded 2018)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
  • 'The experience and impact of supervised birth family contact with ‘looked after children’: perspectives, roles and purposeful use' (awarded 2017)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees

External Responsibilities

  • Fellow, Association for Contextual Behaviour Science

    2018 - Present

  • Deputy Academic Lead, Research Integrity

    2018 - Present

  • Pathway Lead (Psychology), ESRC DTP Wales

    2018 - Present

  • Chair, Research Web-pages Forum

    2018 - Present