My research focuses on optimising non-pharmacological treatment approaches for insomnia such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Improving patient adherence, treatment generalisability and treatment availability are the cornerstones of this research. My last grant was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an online CBT intervention for females with insomnia and chronic migraines.

  • BSc, Psychology, Surrey University
  • PhD, Behavioural Sleep Medicine, Glasgow University and Sydney University (joint PhD)

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioural Sleep Medicine
  • Insomnia
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Patient adherence
  • Health Psychology

Publications

  1. & Characterization of Patients who Present with Insomnia: Is there Room for a Symptom Cluster-Based Approach?. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
  2. & An Adaptive Treatment to Improve Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Adherence in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Proof of Concept Trial. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 1-16.
  3. & Understanding eCBT-I – Knowing is half the battle. Sleep Medicine Reviews 30, 83-84.
  4. & Behavioral Sleep Medicine Services for Hypersomnia Disorders: A Survey Study. Behavioral Sleep Medicine 15(2), 158-171.
  5. & Evaluating the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea comorbid with insomnia disorder using an incomplete factorial design. Contemporary Clinical Trials 47, 146-152.

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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.

Supervision

  • The Neuropsychological Characterisation of Subjective Cognitive Impairment (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree
  • i-Pad based investigation of Visual Attention related function in Vascular Cognitive Impairment (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2015 2016 Assistant Professor Rush University Medical Center (USA)
2012 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Rush University Medical Center (USA)
2008 2012 Doctoral Research Student University of Glasgow

Key Grants and Projects

Research Groups

  • Sleep Lab

    The Swansea University Sleep Laboratory investigates sleep, sleep disorders, dreaming, and what happens when people are deprived of sleep. Undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Psychology are involved in this work

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member - Student employability committee

    2016 - Present

  • Writing Group Lead - CHHS Peer Academic Writing Support Group

    2016 - Present

  • Member - Health and wellbeing research committee

    2016 - Present