I teach on the MSc in Abnormal & Clinical Psychology and final year undergraduate courses. I am a Clinical Psychologist and spent a long time working in mental health services in the NHS, especially those of children, families and in acute health services. I enjoy drawing on that experience in my teaching and engaging students with the world of applied psychology. I am currently involved in researching the psychological impact of experiencing venous thrombo-embolism (VTE; blood clots). I am interested in understanding responses to, and experiences of, illness and the promotion of wellbeing.

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth (Bristol Course)
  • MSc, Psychology of Health, Bristol University
  • BA (Hons), Psychology, Swansea University

Publications

  1. Hunter, R., Lewis, S., Noble, S., Rance, J., Bennett, P. “Post-thrombotic panic syndrome”: A thematic analysis of the experience of venous thromboembolism British Journal of Health Psychology
  2. Hunter, R., Noble, S., Lewis, S., Bennett, P. Long-term psychosocial impact of venous thromboembolism: a qualitative study in the community BMJ Open 9 2 e024805

Teaching

  • PS-M20 Eating Disorders

    This module provides an in depth analysis of the current understanding of eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and night eating syndrome). Key risk factors, maintenance and treatment of eating disorders are discussed. Finally the argument that obesity should be considered an addiction and/or an eating disorder is critically considered.

  • PS-M56 Affective Disorders and Trauma

    This module will examine the development, maintenance and treatment of affective disorders (anxiety and depression) along with related trauma responses such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The module will consider these presentations from biological/genetic, social/familial, and psychological explanatory frameworks. It will also critically review established and emergent theory-driven interventions.

  • PS-M64 Psychology of Health: Theory and Applications

    The module addresses the psychology associated with vulnerability to and protection from chronic physical disease. The narrative across the module begins with consideration of motivational issues associated with health-related behaviors. It then considers issues of adaptation to illness such as stress and coping, and psychological interventions for reducing distress and promoting wellbeing. This module is particularly suited to students who want to pursue a career as a health professional.

  • PS-M78 Employability & Placement

    This module aims to enhance student employability by supporting students in the preparation for, completion and assessment of clinical work and research intern placements. The module includes the consideration of ethical and professional standards relating to placements. It requires students to complete an academic piece of course work (e.g. literature review, service evaluation, case study etc) relating to the placement and/or data gathered while on placement.

  • 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.

  • PSY352 Personality and Sexual Disorders

    Personality and sexual disorders are two of the highest profile long-term psychological disorders that place significant demands on either mental health services, the judiciary system, or both. This module examines key disorders, including paedophilia, psychopathy/anti-social personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. Each disorder is considered from biological/genetic, social/familial, societal, neurological and psychological explanatory frameworks. Treatments based on these models are critically reviewed.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-director - MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

    2017 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 2016 External lecture Swansea University
2009 2013 Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist South Glos. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
2008 2008 Clinical Psychologist (fixed-term) Frenchay Hospital, Paediatric Burns Service
2005 2009 Clinical Psychologist South Glos. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
2004 2005 Clinical Psychologist Gwent Child & Family Psychology Service

Research Groups