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. & Gambling problems and the impact of family in UK armed forces veterans. Journal of Behavioral Addictions
  2. & Related to Anxiety: Arbitrarily Applicable Relational Responding and Experimental Psychopathology Research on Fear and Avoidance. Perspectives on Behavior Science
  3. & Quantifying the Empirical Growth of Relational Frame Theory Research: a Cautionary Note. The Psychological Record
  4. & An empirical investigation of part-whole hierarchical relations. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 1-20.
  5. & Partial reinforcement of avoidance and resistance to extinction in humans. Behaviour Research and Therapy 96, 79-89.

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Teaching

  • PS-M11 Generic Research Skills

    These seminars give students grounding in the skills necessary to complete the programme. These skills include: research evaluation strategies, meta-analysis and literature reviews, writing research reports, communication and presentation skills, project planning and development, ethical and legal issues, the use of computer software, and teamwork. These skills will be developed through workshop-style seminars, the conduct of practical tasks, and constructive peer evaluation. Students¿ skills are assessed by their application in project work and a portfolio containing work reflecting the research skills developed over the year.

  • 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 obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

  • PSY342 Applied Behaviour Analysis

    Applied behaviour analysis is the scientific application of behavioural principles to issues of social importance. This module provides an introduction to the main tenets of applied behaviour analysis, with an emphasis on practical skills such as direct observation, functional assessment, and matching treatment to operant function. Topics covered include assessment and treatment of problem behaviour, reinforcement-based behaviour reduction, and clinical behaviour disorders.

  • 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

  • Neurobehavioural mechanisms of fear and avoidance generalization (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Frederic Boy
  • Multi Agency Working with Substance misusing families: The effectiveness of prevention and early Intervention Services (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
  • The structure of Human Performance on Schedules of reinforcement. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Reed
  • Avoidance, extinction of avoidance, and anxiety. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Keith Lloyd
  • Gambling on Civvy Street: UK Armed Forces veterans, their families, and gambling related harm (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alice Hoon
  • Stressor controllability and avoidance extinction (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Andrew Kemp
  • 'The experience and impact of supervised birth family contact with ‘looked after children’: perspectives, roles and purposeful use' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    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