Senior Lecturer
Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 295629
Room: Office - 908A
Ninth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

I have a strong track record of applied and translational research, leadership experience of delivering projects with clinical impact, and experience of developing specialist tools for use in brain injury (St Andrew’s – Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale).

I have a particular interest in emotion deficit disorders and neurobehavioural disability after traumatic brain injury.  My research also explores the role of emotional regulation in eating behaviour, as well as the impact of maternal birth experience on perceived infant temperament. More recently I have also started to explore the role of neuroscience in legal decision making.

I am keen to establish interdisciplinary work at the boundaries between scientific disciplines, to explore new ways of engaging with the wider public, and I am committed to raising aspirations in under-represented groups in higher education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Neuropsychology
  • Emotional Processing and Regulation
  • Emotion Deficit Disorders
  • Alexithymia
  • Empathy
  • Neurobehavioral Disability
  • Outcome Measurement
  • Long-Term Sequelae

Publications

  1. & A serial mediation model of the relationship between alexithymia and BMI: The role of negative affect, negative urgency and emotional eating. Appetite 133, 270-278.
  2. & Alexithymia is associated with aggressive tendencies following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 1-9.
  3. & The induction of emotionally confusing feelings and the impact on food intake. Appetite 123, 457
  4. & When normal scores don’t equate to independence: Recalibrating ratings of neurobehavioural disability from the ‘St Andrew’s – Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale’ to reflect context-dependent support. Brain Injury 32(2), 218-229.
  5. & Getting to the heart of the matter: Does aberrant interoceptive processing contribute towards emotional eating?. PLOS ONE 12(10), e0186312

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Teaching

  • PS-100 Academic and Professional Development

    This module provides psychology students with the key skills that are required to succeed in degree level study in the discipline of psychology and beyond university as a graduate. There is an emphasis on building the skills necessary for independent study, such as time management, critical thinking and incorporating using feedback to improve academic performance. In the first half of the module, students will experience how and when to use a tool kit of study skills through a series of workshops and blended learning packs. Students will create a portfolio of reflections on their experience of making the transition to university study during the first year. In addition personal development planning is an important aspect of the module in order to record and further develop the skills needed for graduate employment. As part of the module students enrol in the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) and complete the bronze level (the Know Yourself module) by the end of Semester 2.

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Consuming your Feelings: The Mechanisms Underpinning Emotional Eating (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • Exploring the influence of childbirth experience upon infant behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alyson Einion
    Other supervisor: Prof Amy Brown
  • The Influence of Psychopathy on Juror Decision-making (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Horry
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Horry

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member - Swansea University Recruitment Strategy Board

    2017 - Present

  • British Science Festival Champion - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2016 - Present

  • College Academic Admissions Director - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2015 - Present

  • Psychology Representative, College Learning & Teaching Committee - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2015 - Present

  • Member of Psychology Board of Studies - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2015 - Present

  • Psychology - Student Experience Surveys Coordinator - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2014 - Present

  • Psychology Safeguarding Officer - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2013 - Present

  • Psychology Employability Officer - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2013 - Present

  • Psychology Outreach Coordinator - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2013 - Present

  • Admissions Tutor - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2012 - Present

  • Psychology Recruitment and Admissions Lead - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2012 - 2016

Research Groups

Key Grants and Projects

  • Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance 2017

    (Principal Investigator) Bid for Collaborative Partnership with Swansea University. Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance., £14,103.84

  • Funding to support delivery of an acquired brain injury conference 2017

    College of Human and Health Sciences Research Impact Fund, £1,750

  • St Andrew’s – Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale 2017

    (Principal Investigator) College of Human and Health Sciences Research Impact Fund , £1,000

  • Improving outcomes after acquired brain injury 2016

    (Principal Investigator) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA - EPRSC) and Swansea University Research Grant Enabler (SURGE), £4,881

  • Countdown to Swansea: a social media based pre-arrival engagement to foster a community of psychologists prepared for the transition to independent study at Swansea University 2015

    (Co-Investigator) Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching (SALT), Small Project Grant Scheme , £500

  • Models of regulation and governance of pre-hospital emergency care: Responders and practitioners – a comparative study 2010

    (Co-Investigator) Irish Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council , £22,247

  • Workshop Bursary – Early Investigator Award to attend ‘The Medical Research Council/Cold Spring Harbour Summer Workshop on the Biology of Social Cognition, Oxford 2007

    Medical Research Council

  • Emotional change following traumatic brain injury, PhD Studentship 2006

    Half-Funded (part-time) PhD Studentship, £18,000