I teach on the MSc in Abnormal & Clinical Psychology and final year undergraduate courses. I am a Clinical Psychologist and spent a long time working in mental health services in the NHS, especially those of children, families and in acute health services. I enjoy drawing on that experience in my teaching and engaging students with the world of applied psychology. I am currently involved in researching the psychological impact of experiencing venous thrombo-embolism (VTE; blood clots). I am interested in understanding responses to, and experiences of, illness and the promotion of wellbeing.

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth (Bristol Course)
  • MSc, Psychology of Health, Bristol University
  • BA (Hons), Psychology, Swansea University

Teaching

  • 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.

  • PS-M24 Research Project

    The research module will involve constructing and executing a substantial research project, usually conducted in connection to an abnormal and clinical research topic/theme. Previous research projects have spanned various applicable clinical settings linked to NHS trusts, mental health charities, forensic units and topics generated by academics based within the department of psychology. We also encourage students who come to the program with connections as a consequence of previous professional experience, to undertake projects that are linked to interests they have already established.

  • 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.

  • PS-M64 Coping with Chronic Disease

    The module addresses the psychology associated with vulnerability to and protection from chronic physical disease. The narrative across the module begins with consideration of motivational issues associated with health-related behaviors. It then considers issues of adaptation to illness such as stress and coping, and psychological interventions for reducing distress and promoting wellbeing. This module is particularly suited to students who want to pursue a career as a health professional.

  • 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.

  • PSY352 Personality and Sexual Disorders

    Personality and sexual disorders are two of the highest profile long-term psychological disorders that place significant demands on either mental health services, the judiciary system, or both. This module examines key disorders, including paedophilia, psychopathy/anti-social personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. Each disorder is considered from biological/genetic, social/familial, societal, neurological and psychological explanatory frameworks. Treatments based on these models are critically reviewed.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-director - MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

    2017 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 2016 External lecture Swansea University
2009 2013 Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist South Glos. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
2008 2008 Clinical Psychologist (fixed-term) Frenchay Hospital, Paediatric Burns Service
2005 2009 Clinical Psychologist South Glos. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
2004 2005 Clinical Psychologist Gwent Child & Family Psychology Service

Research Groups