Professor Phil Reed
Telephone: (01792) 602047
Room: Office - 939
Ninth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

Professor Phil Reed obtained a D.Phil. from University of York, held a Research Fellowship at University of Oxford, and a Readership in Learning and Behaviour at University College London, before taking a University Chair in Psychology at Swansea University.  Phil's broad basic and applied research interests include: Learning and Behaviour; Autism, Special Needs, and Educational Interventions; and Psychology and Medicine, including Internet Addiction and Uro/Gynaecological Health.  Phil has written several books (recently, Interventions for Autism: Evidence for Educational and Clinical Practice), published over 230 papers, and been invited to present his work at international conferences.  Phil and his team have presented their work in Women’s Health at the National Assembly for Wales, and were awarded the ‘Medal of the President of the Republic’ of Italy in 2016 for scientific contribution to society.  Phil appears regularly in the media, and has been featured on: Science Channel’s ‘Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman’, ‘ITV Wales’, ‘BBC Wales’, and ‘BBC Radio Wales’. There have been two radio specials on Phil’s Internet Addiction research on syndicated US radio shows and features in press.  Phil has a strong track record working with public-sector organisations, medical and educational charities, private businesses, and has received funding from Tenovus Cancer Care, NHS, LEAs, Baily Thomas Fund, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, and Mechner Foundation.


  1. Unpredictability reduces over-selective responding of individuals with ASD who have language impairments. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 57, 35-45.
  2. & Visual Social Media Use Moderates the Relationship between Initial Problematic Internet Use and Later Narcissism. The Open Psychology Journal 11(1), 163-170.
  3. Previous mindfulness experience interacts with brief mindfulness induction when reducing stimulus overselectivity. Applied Cognitive Psychology
  4. Behavioural flexibility of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder on a card-sorting task with varying task difficulty. Heliyon 4(10), e00842
  5. & Human performance on random interval schedules.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 44(3), 309-321.

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  • PS-M10 Dissertation (MSc Research Methods)

    This module involves practical application of the skills acquired in Part I of the MSc Research Methods, and is a culmination of the teaching given in Part I of the programme. Students must identify a research supervisor from within the Department and agree an independent research project proposal to be conducted from TB2 onwards. Students will be required to design, execute, analyse and report a research project of their own choosing drawing on their own interests, under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff.

  • PS-M14 Philosophy of Psychology

    This module gives an overview both of the assumptions underlying Psychology, and of the major questions addressed by psychologists. Areas from the Philosophy of Science, such as positivism, reductionism, falsificationism, and the sociology of knowledge will be addressed. The course focuses on recent debates concerning the Philosophy of Mind, the relationship between behaviourism, neuroscience and Psychology, and on methodological issues such as the nature of scientific method and its alternatives.

  • PS-M16 Statistical Methods

    This module provides coverage of statistical analysis via a practical/conceptual rather than a theoretical approach. Instruction is given in the use of computer statistical package. The objective of this approach is to ensure competency in the understanding of measurement theory, and the performance of nonparametric statistics for hypothesis testing. The course will lead to the ability to perform analysis of variance, and advanced multivariate statistical analysis through a computer package, and enable interpretation of such statistics.

  • PS-M52 Statistical and Research Methods

    This module provides a comprehensive overview of the statistical methods and research designs used in applied clinical and health psychology. The module examines the parameters of ethical research practice and introduces students to the key concepts and a limited number of qualitative methods commonly used in applied psychology.

  • PS-M57 Applied Behaviour Analysis

    This module outlines the major principles and applications of behavioural psychology. It covers the basic concepts underlying the approach to psychology, and covers contemporary developments in the field, and their applications in a clinical and educational context. In also covers the principles of functional assessment and analysis. Many of the applied examples given regarding behavioural intervention are concerned with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other developmental disorders, but other examples drawn from adult fields are also given. The core components of empirically-validated interventions are emphasised.

  • PSY237 Research and Experimental Methods I

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project. Students will be introduced to using the statistical software package SPPS for quantitative analysis and students will learn how to design mini-projects, apply appropriate statistical tests, and interpret and present data. Students will also be introduced to qualitative research methods. The module also covers research ethics, the nature of good experimental design, how to control for confounding factors and the need for replicability and reliability in scientific research.

  • 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.

  • PSY324 From Individuals to Society

    This module explores major theories and empirical issue in the areas of social psychology and individual differences. It focuses on the study of how individuals differ from each other (such as personality traits) and how individual and social factors affect behaviour (such as ethnocentrism, group performance and pro-social behaviour). Classical and contemporary theory and research relevant to a range of social psychological and individual difference issues are explored such as group behaviour, attitudes and personality. Social psychology content is structured under the broad thematic umbrellas of intra-personal (individual-level) and inter-personal (group-level) processes. In exploring individual differences, the module looks at issues such as behavioural genetics, personality and intelligence. In examining the person in the social context, the module also explores individual motivation in the form of emotion and its function. The module addresses key questions such as `How do attitudes influence our behaviour?¿, `What is the contribution of nature vs. nurture to individual differences?¿, and `When are negative emotions beneficial?¿

  • PSY353 Philosophy of Psychology

    This module gives an overview both of the assumptions underlying psychology, and of the major questions addressed by psychologists. Areas from the philosophy of science, such as positivism, reductionism, falsificationism, and the sociology of knowledge will be addressed. The course focuses on recent debates concerning the Philosophy of Mind, the relationship between behaviourism, neuroscience and Psychology, and on methodological issues such as the nature of scientific method and its alternatives.


  • An evaluation of reading assessments for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree
  • Memory in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Toby Lloyd-Jones
  • Separation of diagnoses of Autism and Attachment Disorders. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • The efficacy of the outcomes of ABA and Intensive Interaction on individuals diagnosed with ASD, also the impact of these interventions on the family well beings. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Kim Drake
  • Self-esteem and social media problematic usage: a comparative analysis of Welsh medium and English medium pupils’ perceptions. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Irene Reppa
  • The structure of Human Performance on Schedules of Reinforcement. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Simon Dymond
  • 'The relationship between human performance on random interval and random ratio schedules of reinforcement, performance awareness and rule governed behaviour' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Vicky Lovett
  • 'Analysis of phonological abilities and responsiveness to intervention of reading delayed and dyslexic children aged 11 to 14 yrs.' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2016 Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy for Scientific Contribution to Society
2002 Elected President of European Association of Behaviour Analysis
2001 Elected Sustaining Member - Association of Behaviour Analysts
2013 Nominated - Outstanding Contribution to Research Culture and Community, Swansea University
2015 Nominated - Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award, Swansea University
2013 Supervised - Verity Walters BPS Award Winning Project

External Responsibilities

  • Member, All Wales Bladder, Bowel and Genital Functional Research Network

    2009 - Present

  • Member, Association for Psychological Science

    2006 - Present

  • Sustaining Member, Association of Behaviour Analysts

    2001 - Present

  • Member, Autism Research Development Group

    2010 - Present

  • Member, Children in Wales Forum

    2005 - Present

  • President , European Association of Behaviour Analysis

    2002 - Present

  • Member, Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group

    1982 - Present

  • Member, Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour

    2004 - Present