I have a strong track record of applied and translational research, leadership experience of delivering projects with clinical impact, and experience of developing specialist tools for use in brain injury (St Andrew’s – Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale).

I have a particular interest in emotion deficit disorders and neurobehavioural disability after traumatic brain injury.  My research also explores the role of emotional regulation in eating behaviour, as well as the impact of maternal birth experience on perceived infant temperament. More recently I have also started to explore the role of neuroscience in legal decision making.

I am keen to establish interdisciplinary work at the boundaries between scientific disciplines, to explore new ways of engaging with the wider public, and I am committed to raising aspirations in under-represented groups in higher education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Neuropsychology
  • Emotional Processing and Regulation
  • Emotion Deficit Disorders
  • Alexithymia
  • Empathy
  • Neurobehavioral Disability
  • Outcome Measurement
  • Long-Term Sequelae

Publications

  1. & Measuring Change in Symptoms of Neurobehavioural Disability: Responsiveness of the St Andrew's-Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 1-12.
  2. & Disorders of Emotional Recognition and Expression. In Neurobehavioural Disability and Social Handicap following Traumatic Brain Injury (2nd Edition).. (pp. 30-42). Psychology Press.
  3. & The development of the St Andrew's-Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale: Validity and reliability of a new measure of neurobehavioural disability and social handicap. Brain Injury 25(1), 83-100.
  4. & Anxiety Sensitivity and Alexithymia as Mediators of Postconcussion Syndrome Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 29(1), E9-E17.
  5. & The Impact of Alexithymia on Relationship Quality and Satisfaction Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 28(5), E21-E30.

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Teaching

  • 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-M56 Affective and Somatoform Disorders

    Mental health disorders encompass three broad sub-types of condition, Anxiety, Mood and Somatoform disorders. The module will consider each disorder from biological/genetic, social/familial, and psychological explanatory frameworks. It will also critically review established and emergent theory-driven interventions. All three disorders are covered by specialist lecturers who will highlight research and issues in several key areas.

  • 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).

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

  • PSY359 Understanding and Managing Criminal Behaviour

    For any reasonably complete understanding of criminal behaviour, different levels of explanation should be considered. For this reason, the module will first explore how broad psychologically driven theories aid our understanding of the nature of criminal behaviour. It will then explore whether criminal behaviour and mental disorder is synonymous, connected, or just coincidental phenomena. Specifically, the complex relationship between mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, depression) and criminal behaviour, as well the potential role of psychopathic disorder in understanding antisocial and violent behaviour, will be examined The neuropsychology and neuroscience of criminal behaviour will be examined next, drawing on empirical research evidence to critically discuss whether there is a link between brain structure, function and criminal behaviour. Notable neuropsychological case studies will also feature to underpin discussions around how advances in neuropsychology and neuroscience may impact upon the legal system as well as our understanding of criminal behaviour itself. The module will conclude by focusing on the management of offenders, including how psychology has informed forensic risk assessment procedures as well as making a substantial contribution to offender rehabilitation.

Supervision

  • The relationship between emotional processing deficits, impulsivity and forward future thinking. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Exploring the influence of childbirth experience upon infant behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amy Brown
    Other supervisor: Mrs Alyson Einion
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Horry

Administrative Responsibilities

Research Groups

Key Grants and Projects

  • Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance 2017

    (Principal Investigator) Bid for Collaborative Partnership with Swansea University. Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance., £14,103.84

  • Funding to support delivery of an acquired brain injury conference 2017

    College of Human and Health Sciences Research Impact Fund, £1,750

  • St Andrew’s – Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale 2017

    (Principal Investigator) College of Human and Health Sciences Research Impact Fund , £1,000

  • Improving outcomes after acquired brain injury 2016

    (Principal Investigator) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA - EPRSC) and Swansea University Research Grant Enabler (SURGE), £4,881

  • Countdown to Swansea: a social media based pre-arrival engagement to foster a community of psychologists prepared for the transition to independent study at Swansea University 2015

    (Co-Investigator) Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching (SALT), Small Project Grant Scheme , £500

  • Models of regulation and governance of pre-hospital emergency care: Responders and practitioners – a comparative study 2010

    (Co-Investigator) Irish Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council , £22,247

  • Workshop Bursary – Early Investigator Award to attend ‘The Medical Research Council/Cold Spring Harbour Summer Workshop on the Biology of Social Cognition, Oxford 2007

    Medical Research Council

  • Emotional change following traumatic brain injury, PhD Studentship 2006

    Half-Funded (part-time) PhD Studentship, £18,000