My research interests include learning and behaviour, substance misuse and behavioural addictions.  In particular, I am interested in the roles of performance awareness and rule-governed behaviour in schedules of reinforcement, the impact of substance misuse on a range of behaviours and screen addictions, such as smartphones and gaming.

  • BA (Hons.) Psychology, Swansea University
  • PG Dip. Substance Abuse, Swansea University
  • MPhil Substance Misuse, Swansea University
  • PhD Behaviour Analysis, Swansea University


  • PS-100 Academic and Professional Development

    This module provides psychology students with the key skills that are required to succeed in degree level study in the discipline of psychology and beyond university as a graduate. There is an emphasis on building the skills necessary for independent study, such as time management, critical thinking and incorporating using feedback to improve academic performance. In the first half of the module, students will experience how and when to use a tool kit of study skills through a series of workshops and blended learning packs. Students will create a portfolio of reflections on their experience of making the transition to university study during the first year. In addition personal development planning is an important aspect of the module in order to record and further develop the skills needed for graduate employment. As part of the module students enrol in the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) and complete the bronze level (the Know Yourself module) by the end of Semester 2.

  • PS-M39 Qualitative Methods

    This module provides coverage of main approaches to qualitative research. Qualitative analysis will be taught via a practical/conceptual, rather than a theoretical approach. Instruction is given in the use of performing qualitative analyses. The objective of this approach is to ensure competency in the understanding of the uses of qualitative analysis, and the main strengths and weaknesses of this approach. The course will lead to the ability to perform analysis, and enable interpretation of such analyses.

  • PS-M52 Statistical and Research Methods

    This module provides a comprehensive overview of the statistical methods and research designs used in applied clinical and health psychology. The module examines the parameters of ethical research practice and introduces students to the key concepts and a limited number of qualitative methods commonly used in applied psychology.

  • PSY213 Brain and Behaviour

    The module provides an in depth look at the complex relationship between brain function (from the level of single neurons through to whole brain systems) and behaviour (of humans and other animals). The module will provide a grounding in the basic principles of learning theory and how these are applied in psychology and neuroscience research. We will explore how the brain responds and adapts to the external environment, the how genes and environment interact and the impact this has on brain function and behaviour in the context of stress, obesity, pain and motivation and emotion. We will also look at how recreational drugs affect the brain and what the consequences of drug taking are for human behaviour.


  • Understanding the Psychological, Behavioral and Cultural impact on digital Intellectual Property Crime and how this could be used to reduce the prevalence of such behaviour «br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Miss Ceri Bradshaw
    Other supervisor: Mr Andrew Beale
    Other supervisor: Dr Patrick Bishop
  • Epidemiology of Opioid Overdose and Psychological Predictors of Engagement with Harm Reduction Strategies and Abstinence in Opioid Users (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Miss Ceri Bradshaw
    Other supervisor: Prof Alan Watkins