I have been lecturing psychology in the higher education arena for many years and am continuously interested in developing innovative teaching practice as well as engaging students on a broader level increasing inclusivity and enhancing the student experience.   My teaching centres primarily on some of the core themes required for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of the British Psychological Society, including: individual differences and  social psychology, as well as abnormal and clinical psychology.  I am interested in a number of areas for research, including: psychological factors relating to recovery from illness; external and internal influences on mood, cognition and performance; emotions, stress and coping; understanding mental health and stigma; and, the application of positive psychology in enhancing well-being.

  • PhD, Psychology, Swansea University, Swansea
  • PGCE, Post-Compulsory Education and Training, University of Wales, Newport
  • MSc, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
  • BSc, Applied Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academ

Teaching

  • PSA112 Social & Developmental Psychology

    This module introduces students to the major theories and empirical issue in social and developmental psychology. The social psychology component of the module covers core topics such as: attitudes; attributions; conformity and obedience; person perception; interpersonal attraction; stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. The developmental psychology component addresses issues such as: infancy and early social development, and theories of cognitive development in infancy and childhood.

  • PSA114 Individual and Abnormal Psychology

    This module examines (i) individual differences in intelligence and personality and (ii) abnormal psychology, or psychopathology. Theoretical accounts of the structure of personality (trait vs factor approaches) will be examined along with the development of personality (learning vs psychoanalytic approaches) and personality assessment. Historical approaches to the measurement of intelligence and genetic and environmental determinants of intelligence will be covered, taking a critical perspective. Then focusing on abnormal psychology the module will examine how we define `abnormal¿ behaviour, along with the explanations of such behaviour including learning theory, biology and genetics, and psychoanalytic explanations. The symptoms of some of the principle disorders of behaviour will be delineated including schizophrenia, mood disorders and personality disorders.

  • PSY112 Social and Developmental Psychology

    This module introduces students to the major theories and empirical issues in social and developmental psychology. The social psychology component of the module covers core topics such as: attitudes; attributions; conformity and obedience; person perception; interpersonal attraction; stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. The developmental psychology component addresses issues such as: infancy and early social development, and theories of cognitive development in infancy and childhood.

  • PSY114 Individual and Abnormal Psychology

    This module examines (i) individual differences in intelligence and personality and (ii) abnormal psychology, or psychopathology. Theoretical accounts of the structure of personality (trait vs factor approaches) will be examined along with the development of personality (learning vs psychoanalytic approaches) and personality assessment. Historical approaches to the measurement of intelligence and genetic and environmental determinants of intelligence will be covered taking a critical perspective. Then focusing on abnormal psychology the module will examine how we define `abnormal¿ behaviour, along with the explanations of such behaviour including learning theory, biology and genetics, and psychoanalytic explanations. The symptoms of some of the principle disorders of behaviour will be delineated including schizophrenia, mood disorders and personality disorders.

  • PSY214 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 emotions 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?¿

  • 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?¿

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Staff-Student Liaison Lead - Department of Psychology, Swansea University

    2018 - Present

  • Member of Admissions Team - Department of Psychology, Swansea University

    2016 - Present

  • Head of Year One - Department of Psychology, Swansea University

    2017 - 2018

  • Joint Honours Co-Ordinator/Link tutor - Department of Psychology, Swansea University

    2015 - 2017

  • International Student Liaison - Department of Psychology, Swansea University

    2015 - 2017

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2011 Present Lecturer Department of Psychology, Swansea University
2006 2011 Lecturer, Psychology University of Wales, Newport
2003 2006 Researcher, Psychology Cardiff University