I am interested in the individual differences that relate to overeating and obesity. In particular, I have an interest in the role of impulsivity and methods of enhancing self-control using priming techniques and cue reminders. I am currently exploring the ways in which mobile technology can be used to boost self-control over eating behaviour. I also have an interest in the role that time perspective can take in food related decisions and health-related behaviours in general.

  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, Cardiff University
  • PGCE (HE), Swansea Institute of Higher Education
  • MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Swansea University
  • PhD, Psychology, Swansea University

Areas of Expertise

  • Obesity
  • overeating
  • Priming
  • implicit cues
  • delay discounting

Publications

  1. & Self-control mediates the relationship between time perspective and BMI.. Appetite(108), 156-160.
  2. & Identifying everyday strategies to reduce indulgent food consumption: a mixed model analysis. Appetite 123, 449
  3. & Narcissism, accountability and self-reported weight. Appetite 123, 458
  4. & Snack intake is reduced using an implicit, high-level construal cue.. Health Psychology 35(8), 923-926.
  5. & Food-specific response inhibition, dietary restraint and snack intake in lean and overweight/obese adults: a moderated-mediation model. International Journal of Obesity 40(5), 877-882.

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Teaching

  • PMIM301 Using Secondary Health Data

    Students will study data quality and management, secondary uses of clinical data, service improvement and clinical audit. Academic skills are developed and enhanced by an introduction to quantitative research methodologies. Students will be introduced to statistical software such as SPSS.

  • PMIM601 Undertaking Health Informatics Research

    In this module, students will develop their research skills by learning how to write a research proposal and prepare for the research dissertation.

  • PS-117 Statistics and Research Methods

    Statistics and experimental methods are at the heart of the empirical discipline of psychology and this module introduces students to selecting and conducting simple statistical tests. Through hands-on practical classes and workshops this teaches how to design studies, collect data, understand ethical issues, and use both parametric and nonparametric quantitative methods to test hypotheses. Students will also learn how to prepare a practical report and discuss and interpret experimental data.

  • PS-M20 Eating Disorders

    This module provides an in depth analysis of the current understanding of eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and night eating syndrome). Key risk factors, maintenance and treatment of eating disorders are discussed. Finally the argument that obesity should be considered an addiction and/or an eating disorder is critically considered.

  • PSA117 Statistics and Research Methods for Joint Honours

    Statistics and experimental methods are at the heart of the empirical discipline of psychology and this module introduces students to selecting and conducting simple statistical tests. Through hands-on practical classes and workshops this teaches how to design studies, collect data, understand ethical issues, and use both parametric and nonparametric quantitative methods to test hypotheses. Students will also learn how to prepare a practical report and discuss and interpret experimental data.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Managed Indulgence: Investigating different approaches to limit your food intake for a healthy weight (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Laura Wilkinson
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee

Administrative Responsibilities

  • ICWS Link Tutor - Psychology and CHHS

    2017 - Present

  • Qualtrics Administrator - Psychology and CHHS

    2017 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2015 2017 Research Officer Swansea University

Key Grants and Projects

  • Construal level cue reminders and snack intake 2016 - 2017

    Research Impact Fund, Impact Acceleration Award (EPSRC funded) Grant, £2, 540

  • Creating a mind-set for health with digital health solutions I and II 2016

    Cherish-de, escalator award – pilot scheme (EPSRC funded) April 2016. Grant value: £4,588.21 Cherish-de, escalator award – escalate scheme (EPSRC funded) January 2017. Grant value: £12,315.58

  • A study of the effects of interventions based on behaviour change theory on staff uptake of seasonal influenza vaccine in a district general hospital 2017

    Cherish-de Secondment. Grant value, £2, 000.00

Research Groups

  • Member

    Swansea Nutrition Appetite and Cognition (SNAC) group