My main research interests are in applied health psychology, specifically lifestyle behaviour change across the lifespan and psychological interventions for management of Long Term and Chronic Conditions. I also have interest and experience in health services research and evaluation.

I have led and contributed to a wide variety of research projects ranging from school -based lifestyle interventions through to evaluation of public health interventions and development of cancer rehabilitation programmes.
I supervise a large number of students at all levels from undergraduate through to MSc and PhD.

Outside of the University I am an active member of the British Psychological society Division of Health Psychology, conducting accreditation visits for stage 1 and stage 2 Health Psychology training and I am currently honorary secretary for the Division of Health Psychology Committee. I am also a registered stage 2 Health Psychology supervisor.

As Director for Postgraduate Research within the Collage of Human and Health Science, I have responsibility for strategic oversight and operational management of PGR within the College.

Publications

  1. & Perceptions of asthma and exercise in adolescents with and without asthma. Journal of Asthma, 1-9.
  2. & The effects of osteopathic treatment on psychosocial factors in people with persistent pain: A systematic review. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 27, 23-33.
  3. & Eat Well Keep Active: Qualitative findings from a feasibility and acceptability study of a brief midwife led intervention to facilitate healthful dietary and physical activity behaviours in pregnant women. Midwifery
  4. & Understanding the relationship between breastfeeding and postnatal depression: the role of pain and physical difficulties. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72(2), 273-282.
  5. & Headteachers’ prior beliefs on child health and their engagement in school based health interventions: a qualitative study. BMC Research Notes 8(1)

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Teaching

  • PPS304 Psychology and the Promotion of Wellbeing

    This module will draw on evidence from health psychology and health promotion literature to develop an understanding of how both disciplines contribute to understanding and promoting wellbeing.

  • SHP205 Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine

    This module will build on knowledge gained at level 4 to develop a more in depth understanding of the role of psychology in health and illness.

  • SHP309 Applied Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine

    This module examines the practical application of psychology to health, illness and medicine.

  • SHVM42 Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness

    Within the area of chronic condition management, the new discipline of health psychology is becoming an integral component. This module will introduce the principle concepts of health psychology, its research basis, and explore how it can be effectively incorporated into promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, as well as the current health care system to inform policy.

  • SHVM51 Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

    This module enables students to critically examine the theories, models, concepts and practice of long term and chronic conditions management in the context of interdisciplinary practice and collaborative working with people with long term and chronic illnesses and their families.

Supervision

  • Opioid prescribing in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Berni Sewell
    Other supervisor: Dr Mari Jones
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • The factors that affect antenatal care attendance and it effect on the outcome of pregnancy among Saudi women (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Amy Brown
  • Developing a novel psychosocial intervention for people living with persistent pain and psychological comorbidities (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Davies
  • 'The psychosocial impact of Venous Thrombeombolism (VTE) and developing and testing a brief cost-effective intervention to minimise distress' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • How important are therapeutic relationships in the development of self-management behaviours during cancer rehabilitation? (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • An Economic Appraisal of the ‘Well-being through’ work staff health and well-being service provided for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
    Other supervisor: Dr Berni Sewell
  • The lived experience of lumbopelvic pain during pregnancy: the therapeutic contributions of osteopathic care (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
  • An exploration of the emotional impact following experience of sudden, unexpected death of an emotionally close individual (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • A Realist Evaluation of Gellinudd Recovery Centre, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and a Physical Health Education Intervention. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeanette Hewitt
    Other supervisor: Dr Liv Kosnes
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Coffey
  • Use of a Realist Evaluation to gain insight into health care delivery in a complimentary setting (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Liv Kosnes
  • A Public Health intervention to raise awareness of Cryptosporidium and healthy swimming practices, amongst swimming pool users in the South Wales area (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Joy Merrell
  • 'The Impact of the Lymphoedema Risk Reducing Recommendations on People Treated for Breast Cancer and the Implications on Clinical Practice' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1997 2000 Fixed Term Lecturer Department of Psychology, University of Wales, Swansea
1993 1997 Teaching Assistant Department of Psychology, University of Wales, Swansea
1992 1993 Research Assistant Department of Psychology, University of Wales, Swansea

External Responsibilities

  • Training Committee Member, BPS Division of Health Psychology Training Committee

    2008 - Present

  • Honorary Secretary, BPS Division of Health Psychology Committee

    2013 - Present