Professor Andrew Kemp
Professor
Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 604561
Room: Academic Office - 707C
Seventh Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

Andrew Kemp is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Swansea University (since 2016), with research interests spanning positive psychology and cognitive neuroscience through to epidemiology and public health. His research activities have been recognised internationally including fellowship of the Association for Psychological Science (2017) for sustained, outstanding and distinguished contributions to the science of psychology, one of the first-ever research professorships awarded by the University of São Paulo (Brazil) to visiting scholars (2013-2015), two prestigious fellowships (2005, 2009) from the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia, and two promotions (2007, 2012) at the University of Sydney, also in Australia. His teaching-related innovations and achievements have been recognised through fellowship to the Higher Education Academy (2017).

  • PGCERT HE with distinction (2018), teaching qualification, Swansea University, UK
  • PhD (2004), Psychophysiology, Neuropsychopharmacology, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1999), Psychology, major in biological psychology, University of Melbourne, Australia

Areas of Expertise

  • positive psychology
  • resilience
  • biological psychology
  • psychophysiology
  • social, cognitive and affective neuroscience
  • global burden of disease
  • student wellbeing

Publications

  1. Mead, J., Fisher, Z., Wilkie, L., Gibbs, K., Pridmore, J., Tree, J., Kemp, A. Rethinking wellbeing: Toward a more ethical science of wellbeing that considers current and future generations authorea
  2. Grahe, J., Corker, K., Schmolesky, M., Alvarez, L., McFall, J., Lazzara, J., Kemp, A. Do Institutional Characteristics Predict Markers of Adulthood? A Close Replication of Fosse and Toyokawa (2016) Emerging Adulthood 216769681881026
  3. Faas, C., McFall, J., Peer, J., Schmolesky, M., Chalk, H., Hermann, A., Chopik, W., Leighton, D., Lazzara, J., Kemp, A., DiLillio, V., Grahe, J. Emerging Adulthood MoA/IDEA-8 Scale Characteristics From Multiple Institutions Emerging Adulthood 216769681881119
  4. Singh, G., Farjalla, V., Chen, B., Pelling, A., Ceyhan, E., Dominik, M., Alisic, E., Kerr, J., Selin, N., Bassioni, G., Bennett, E., Kemp, A., Chan, K. Researcher engagement in policy deemed societally beneficial yet unrewarded Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17 7 375 382
  5. Borrione, L., Brunoni, A., Sampaio-Junior, B., Aparicio, L., Kemp, A., Benseñor, I., Lotufo, P., Fraguas, R. Associations between symptoms of depression and heart rate variability: An exploratory study Psychiatry Research 262 482 487

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Teaching

  • PS-M80 Generic Research Skills - Research Methods in Psychology

    This module will give students the foundation research methods skills necessary to understand, design and execute research in psychology, and to interpret and report research results. The approach is a focus on research practices that improve transparency and reproducibility. The skills developed in this module include: generating research hypotheses, causal inference, internal and external validity, construct validity, survey methods and questionnaire design, experimental setting and web-based data collection, ethics and fraud, statistical power and research reproducibility, systematic review of the literature, meta-analysis, writing research reports and communication skills (e.g., conference presentations, poster design), single-case methods, and service evaluation/audit. The module comprises of 2-hour weekly lectures. The module will assess how students apply these skills in critical analyses and a research proposal containing the rationale and the methods sections for the students¿ MSc dissertation. By the end of the module, students will have acquired knowledge of the journey from a research idea to data collection, presentation of findings, and journal submission. Students will be asked to read the content provided for personal work and to reflect on the range of research methods. Finally, the role of teamwork and collaborative work in research will be discussed. Instruction will be carried out through seminars, practical exercises, assignments, and discussions.

  • PS-M82 Generic Research Skills - Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

    This module will give students the foundation skills necessary to understand, design and execute research in psychology, and to interpret and report research results. The approach is a focus on research practices that improve transparency and reproducibility. The skills developed in this module include: generating research hypotheses, causal inference, internal and external validity, construct validity, survey methods and questionnaire design, experimental setting and web-based data collection, ethics and fraud, statistical power and research reproducibility, systematic review of the literature, meta-analysis. The module comprises of 2-hour weekly lectures. The module will assess how students apply these skills in critical analyses and a research proposal containing the rationale and the methods sections for the students¿ MSc dissertation.

  • PSY317 Positive Psychology

    This module will examine the exciting discipline of positive psychology, which refers to the science of positive emotions and human flourishing. The module will provide a strong theoretical and empirical grounding, allowing students to apply the science of positive psychology to their own lives, including the opportunity to gain critical life skills such as self-efficacy, resilience and creativity. Students will also develop a keen appreciation for how mental life impacts on physical health... and vice versa. Implications for clinical psychology will also be discussed. Recent controversies and debates in the field will facilitate discussions relating to the replication crisis and scientific method.

  • 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).

  • 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

  • Stressor controllability and avoidance extinction (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Zuj
    Other supervisor: Prof Simon Dymond
  • The Impact of a Music Education Program on the Emotional Well-Being of Elementary Students in a Rural Community (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
    Other supervisor: Dr Justine Howard
  • TBA following discussion with student (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
  • This will need to be updated bearing in mind new (and to be received) plans for completion (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
  • Group-based Positive Psychotherapy for People Living with Acquired Brain Injury: A Feasibility Study. (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
  • A Randomised Control Trial evaluating The GUIDE Cymru: All Wales mental health literacy in all Year 9 children in Wales. (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicola Gray
  • A co-productive approach to develop personalised assistive technology for chronic health conditions. (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Departmental Research Lead - Department of Psychology

    2018 - Present

  • Chair - Department of Psychology Ethics Committee

    2016 - 2019

  • Director of Research - Health and Wellbeing Academy, College of Human and Health Sciences

    2016 - 2018

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2016 Present Associate Professor (tenured) Swansea University, United Kingdom
2014 2016 Consultant Various institutions worldwide
2013 2015 Invited International Visiting Professor University of São Paulo, Brazil
2012 2013 Associate Professor (by promotion) University of Sydney, Australia
2009 2012 NHMRC Career Development Award Fellow University of Sydney, Australia
2007 2012 Senior Research Fellow (by promotion) University of Sydney, Australia
2005 2008 NHMRC Australian Biomedical (Peter Doherty) Postdoctoral Fellow University of Sydney, Australia
2003 2005 Research Officer Westmead Hospital, Australia

External Responsibilities

  • Section Editor, PLOS ONE

    2013 - Present

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Psychology

    2013 - Present

  • Global Burden of Disease Expert, University of Washington

    2013 - Present

  • Member, Global Young Academy

    2014 - Present

  • Advisory Board Member & Team Leader, Human Affectome Project

    2015 - Present

  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Sao Paulo

    2016 - 2018

  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

    2017 - Present

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    2018 - Present