My main research interests are in applied health psychology, specifically lifestyle behaviour change across the lifespan and psychological interventions for management of Long Term and Chronic Conditions. I also have interest and experience in health services research and evaluation.

I have led and contributed to a wide variety of research projects ranging from school -based lifestyle interventions through to evaluation of public health interventions and development of cancer rehabilitation programmes.
I supervise a large number of students at all levels from undergraduate through to MSc and PhD.

Outside of the University I am an active member of the British Psychological society Division of Health Psychology, conducting accreditation visits for stage 1 and stage 2 Health Psychology training and I am currently honorary secretary for the Division of Health Psychology Committee. I am also a registered stage 2 Health Psychology supervisor.

As Director for Postgraduate Research within the Collage of Human and Health Science, I have responsibility for strategic oversight and operational management of PGR within the College.

Publications

  1. & Eat Well Keep Active: Qualitative findings from a feasibility and acceptability study of a brief midwife led intervention to facilitate healthful dietary and physical activity behaviours in pregnant women. Midwifery
  2. & Understanding the relationship between breastfeeding and postnatal depression: the role of pain and physical difficulties. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72(2), 273-282.
  3. & Headteachers’ prior beliefs on child health and their engagement in school based health interventions: a qualitative study. BMC Research Notes 8(1)
  4. & “Post-thrombotic panic syndrome”: A thematic analysis of the experience of venous thromboembolism. British Journal of Health Psychology
  5. & Living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: The patients' experience. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care 45(1), 34-40.

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Teaching

  • PPS211 Psychology of Health and Illness

    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. The module will be evidence based and utilize key theoretical and applied health psychology literature and expertise and will provide an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the role of psychology in health and illness.

  • PPS304 Psychology and the Promotion of Wellbeing

    This module will draw on evidence from health psychology and health promotion literature to develop an understanding of how both disciplines contribute to understanding and promoting wellbeing.

  • 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.

  • SHP309 Applied Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine

    This module examines the practical application of psychology to health, illness and medicine.

  • SHVM42 Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness

    Within the area of chronic condition management, the new discipline of health psychology is becoming an integral component. This module will introduce the principle concepts of health psychology, its research basis, and explore how it can be effectively incorporated into promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, as well as the current health care system to inform policy.

  • SHVM51 Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

    This module enables students to critically examine the theories, models, concepts and practice of chronic conditions management in the context of interdisciplinary practice and collaborative working with people with chronic illness and their families.

Supervision

  • An exploration of the emotional impact following experience of sudden, unexpected death of an emotionally close individual (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • Developing and Testing a brief Cost-effective intervention to minimise distress following Venous Thrombeombolism (VTE) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • The Impact of Cancer Rehabilitation for Person, Community and Health Service in South Wales (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • Designing, Implementing and Evaluating an equitable Lymphoedema Service in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Davies
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
    Other supervisor: Dr Berni Sewell
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amy Brown
  • A Realist Evaluation of a Multi-Speciality, Community-based Health and Well-Being Academy (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • A Public Health intervention to raise awareness of Cryptosporidium and healthy swimming practices, amongst swimming pool users in the South Wales area (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Joy Merrell
  • 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
  • An Economic Appraisal of the ‘Well-being through Work’ staff health and well-being service provided for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Staff. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Prof Sue Jordan
    Other supervisor: Dr Michael Coffey

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1997 2000 Fixed Term Lecturer Department of Psychology, University of Wales, Swansea
1993 1997 Teaching Assistant Department of Psychology, University of Wales, Swansea
1992 1993 Research Assistant Department of Psychology, University of Wales, Swansea

External Responsibilities

  • Training Committee Member, BPS Division of Health Psychology Training Committee

    2008 - Present

  • Honorary Secretary, BPS Division of Health Psychology Committee

    2013 - Present