Associate Professor in Psychology & Director of Research (CHHS Health and Wellbeing Academy)
Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 604561

I am an interdisciplinary academic, with research interests that span cognitive and affective neuroscience through to epidemiology, bridging the gap between biological mechanism and public health. I have developed a productive program of research to better understand the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing, attracting significant attention from scientific and lay communities. Between 2013 and 2015, I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, working on the largest study on the health and wellbeing of the Brazilian population. From 2005 until 2012, I was employed at the University of Sydney in Australia, supported by two prestigious NH&MRC research fellowships. Now as Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of Research for the Health and Wellbeing Academy at Swansea University, I am focused on conducting high impact translational research that is collaborative and collegiate in spirit with an eye towards improving health and wellbeing in the local community.

Areas of Expertise

  • biological psychology
  • resilience and positive psychology
  • psychophysiology
  • social, cognitive and affective neuroscience
  • global burden of disease
  • student wellbeing

Publications

  1. Heart Rate Variability, Affective Disorders and Health. In Cardiovascular Diseases and Depression. (pp. 167-185).
  2. & Depression and resting state heart rate variability in children and adolescents — A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review 46, 136-150.
  3. et. al. Estimates of global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and mortality of HIV, 1980–2015: the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet HIV 3(8), e361-e387.
  4. et. al. Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet 388(10053), 1659-1724.
  5. et. al. Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 315 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE), 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet 388(10053), 1603-1658.

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Teaching

  • PSY237 Research and Experimental Methods I

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project. Students will be introduced to using the statistical software package SPPS for quantitative analysis and students will learn how to design mini-projects, apply appropriate statistical tests, and interpret and present data. Students will also be introduced to qualitative research methods. The module also covers research ethics, the nature of good experimental design, how to control for confounding factors and the need for replicability and reliability in scientific research.

  • PSY238 Research and Experimental Methods II

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project and follows directly from Research and Experimental Methods I. Students will study advanced multivariate techniques and deal with complex experimental designs. Students will also explore qualitative research methods.

Supervision

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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Justine Howard