My research interests are broad considering both Cyberpsychology, nursing and health.

My PhD focused on online self-presentation and individual differences variables, and how these impact impression management attempts and impressions formed. I have presented these findings at conferences including the Eminds Conference 2014 at the University of Birmingham, UK and The 3rd Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference 2015 in Wolverhampton, UK.

As a registered nurse I maintain an interest in current issues in adult nursing including burnout amongst adult nurses in nursing homes and spiritual assessment and needs of nurses and patients. I am currently collaborating on work examining the lived experience of patients using direct oral anticoagulant medications for treatment of the cardiac condition atrial fibrillation.

Publications

  1. Harrad, R., Banks, N. Counselling in Online Environments (Ed.), Applied Cyberpsychology 123 143 London Palgrave Macmillan
  2. Harrad, R. Factors associated with and impact of burnout in nursing and residential home care workers for the elderly Acta BioMedica 89 7-S 60 69

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).

  • 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.