Dr. Darren Edwards attended Swansea University to study Psychology at BSc. After graduating, he carried on to study at Masters level and completed a MSc in Psychological Research Methods and subsequently completed a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. Darren completed postdoctoral work as a Research Fellow during the period of 2010-2014. In 2014, he was appointed as a Lecturer at the College of Human and Health Sciences' Interprofessional Studies department.

Darren lectures on a range of programmes and modules such as Psychology and Osteopathy, also Statistics and Research Methods. Supervising MSc and PhD students is also part of his role at the College.

In terms of research, Darren is very active in writing and publishing papers. His main research interests are the psychological components of cognition such as the process of unitisation and categorisation and the applications of these as potential diagnostic measures for autism. Another more recent interest of Darren's research is health psychological interventions such as the use of mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) applied to the treatment of chronic conditions such as chronic back pain.

Darren believes the best thing about his job is that it allows for intellectual freedom, and participating in creating a better world is very satisfying. He lives by the words; "Identify what you value in life and commit action towards achieving those values." Dr. Edwards says the biggest impact on his career would be down to great supervision from great academics that he has had the pleasure of working with since being a postgraduate.

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. & The effects of osteopathic treatment on psychosocial factors in people with persistent pain: A systematic review. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
  2. & Cognitive Information Theories of Psychology and Applications with Visualization and HCI Through Crowdsourcing Platforms. In Evaluation in the Crowd. Crowdsourcing and Human-Centered Experiments. -153). Springer International Publishing.
  3. (2017). Health professionals students’ knowledge, beliefs and behaviours toward public health issues in Saudi Arabia.. Presented at International Diabetes Federation’s Annual Congress. Abu Dhabi, UAE.,
  4. (2017). A qualitative study to inform the development of a novel psychosocial intervention to accompany osteopathic treatment for persistent pain.. Presented at BPS Division of Health Psychology Section Annual Conference. Cardiff.,
  5. & The immediate effect of osteopathic cervical spine mobilization on median nerve mechanosensitivity: A triple-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

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Teaching

  • SHDM10 Introduction to Research in Professional Practice

    This is a core module for the Doctorate in Professional Practice. The module will enable students to explore the theory and principles of practitioner-research and critically reflect on their own practice within their workplace. The module will also systematically explore a range of methods for practitioner-research as well as the ethical issues associated with this.

  • SHDM11 Planning Research in Professional Practice

    This is core module for the Doctorate in Professional Practice. It offers students the opportunity to reflect critically on their own practice, identify research questions and design a proposal to conduct practitioner research within their own workplace. This module will also cover important aspects of research ethics and research governance with a focus on their own research based projects and applying for ethical approval.

  • 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.

  • SHFM02 Dissertation: M Ost Osteopathy

    This module builds upon knowledge and skills in research methods and evidence based practice. Students will conduct research in an area of interest relevant to their practice.

  • 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

  • Analysing new 3D technology in the assessment of lymphoedema (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
  • Advanced Nursing Practice: Effecting change in an Elderly Rehabilitation Service (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Dr Jayne Cutter
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
  • Extended scope of practice for audiologists: an exploration of patient attitudes and service delivery issues (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Julie Slater
  • An Investigation of Paramedics' attitudes and understanding in relation to the safeguarding of children in their daily practice (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Davies
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • Effects of Rehabilitation on Cardiac patients' health-related quality of life in Kuwait: Role of exercise, culture and socioeconomic factors (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Dareyoush Rassi
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
  • The effect of osteopathic treatment for low back pain during pregnancy on fear avoidance and related illness behaviour: a values based approach. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance

Key Grants and Projects

  • 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 - Present

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

    2014 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2010 2014 Research Fellow Swansea University
2014 Present Lecturer 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).