Professor
Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 604145
Room: Office - 937
Ninth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

My research and clinical work focuses on the application of psychology to clinical and forensic settings. Specifically, my current areas of research include personality disorder, offending behaviour, staff development and outcome measurement in practice. In addition to using standard quantitative and qualitative research designs I apply mixed methods (such as Q-sort) and small sample methods (e.g. single case experimental designs) to develop theory and understand change. I currently lead the evaluation of the All Wales Offender Personality Disorder Pathway delivered through the National Probation Service.

I am chartered as a clinical and forensic psychologist with the BPS and registered with the HCPC. I have worked as a clinician and service leader in a range of forensic settings including high, medium and low secure mental health settings, prison and with probation. I continue to work part time for the NHS as a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist.

Areas of Expertise

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Personality Disorder
  • Offending behaviour
  • Staff development and supervision
  • Practice evaluation / outcome measurement
  • Research using 'small n' and mixed methods

Publications

  1. Davies, J. Working with Personality Disordered Offenders: Where are we at and where do we need to go? Issues in Forensic Psychology.
  2. Davies, J. Developing models and a framework for multi-professional clinical supervision. The British Journal of Forensic Practice.
  3. Davies, J., O'Meara, A. ‘I consider myself sadistic’: a qualitative analysis of sadistic endorsement in a group of Irish undergraduates The British Journal of Forensic Practice 9 1 24 30
  4. Davies, J. What did we learn and what could be different?: Trainee and Supervisor observations on Stage 2 training. Forensic Update
  5. Davies, J. Supervision in forensic psychology practice: issues for supervisor development. Forensic Update

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Teaching

  • PS-M24 Research Project

    The research module will involve constructing and executing a substantial research project, usually conducted in connection to an abnormal and clinical research topic/theme. Previous research projects have spanned various applicable clinical settings linked to NHS trusts, mental health charities, forensic units and topics generated by academics based within the department of psychology. We also encourage students who come to the program with connections as a consequence of previous professional experience, to undertake projects that are linked to interests they have already established.

  • PS-M27 Psychosis

    This module will examine competing and complimentary theories of the aetiology of psychoses and biological and psychosocial treatment options: ¿ Biological models of schizophrenia ¿ Anti-psychiatry and psychosis ¿ Cognitive and social models of delusions and hallucinations ¿ Biological and psychosocial treatments of psychosis

  • PS-M61 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

    This module provides an introduction to forensic psychology with a primary focus on those perpetrating crime, and the processes associated with detecting, managing and treating those who offend. The module follows a `journey¿ from an individual¿s birth, examining critical issues for understanding and responding to offending behavior.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof David Benton
  • Western Bay Commissioning for Complex Needs (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Shaun Harris
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
  • Harm reduction at UK Music Festivals (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Miss Ceri Bradshaw
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
  • The impact, utility and efficiency of screening and consultation processes within the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kim Drake
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
  • Assessing the validity, utility and value of individual case formulation in the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Horry
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
  • Understanding and reducing harassment – Insights from an evolutionary psychological theory of risk-taking. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Thomas
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
  • Deconstructing Deception in Online Grooming Communications: A Deceptive Truth (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2008 2016 Consultant Forensic and Clinical/Lead Psychologist Psychologist Swansea
2005 2008 Lead Consultant Psychologist Nottingham
2005 2008 Clinical Lecturer in Psychology Sheffield
1999 2003 Clinical Psychologist Nottingham

External Responsibilities

  • Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, Consultant

    2005 - Present

  • Honorary Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University

    2015 - Present

  • Research and Evaluation Lead, All Wales Offender Personality Disorder Pathway

    2013 - Present

  • National Assessor for the appointment of consultant psychologist, British Psychological Society

    2009 - Present

  • Approved Clinician National Scrutiny Panel Member, British Psychological Society

    2010 - Present

  • Approved Clinician (Mental Health Act), ABMU Health Board

    2011 - 2014

  • Editorial board member, Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health

    2011 - Present

  • Member: Joint Scientific Review Committee, ABMU Health Board / Swansea University

    2015 - Present

  • Member: Research and Development Committee, ABMU Health Board

    2015 - Present