Areas of Expertise

  • Relational frame theory
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Medical psychology
  • Gambling behaviour
  • Behaviour analysis
  • Autism

Publications

  1. & “This Slot is Hotter than That One”: Symbolic Generalization of Slot Machine Preference in Simulated Gambling. International Gambling Studies
  2. & Gambling problems and the impact of family in UK armed forces veterans. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 1-11.
  3. & Effectiveness of Web-Delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Relation to Mental Health and Well-Being: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research 18(8)
  4. & Almost winning: Induced MEG theta power in insula and orbitofrontal cortex increases during gambling near-misses and is associated with BOLD signal and gambling severity. NeuroImage 91, 210-219.
  5. & Use of the ‘Stop, Start, Continue’ method is associated with the production of constructive qualitative feedback by students in higher education.

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Teaching

  • PM-137 Introduction to Medical Psychology

    The module aims to provide an introduction to the way in which psychologists study human behaviour. Students will be introduced to the dominant theoretical approaches within Psychology in order to understand how each approach studies and explains behaviour differently. Students will then apply this knowledge to consider different explanations and treatment of various mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours. Students will learn some of the key principles of behaviour analysis and how they can be applied to behavioural medicine and health behaviours. Students will attend two tutorials that will provide an introduction to the difficulties and controversies surrounding the mental health conditions covered in the lectures, and the ethical challenges surrounding the facilitation of behaviour change. Tutorial one will involve discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of how we diagnose mental health conditions. Tutorial two will involve the ethical considerations of utilising punishment to facilitate behaviour change.

  • PM-258 Intermediate Medical Psychology

    This module will build upon knowledge acquired in PM137 Introduction to Medical Psychology with regard to mental health (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours) by exploring contemporary research into the causes and treatment of these conditions. Students will learn about third wave psychological intervention (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) as a way of treating mental health problems. . In this module students will be introduced to the field of Health Psychology including some key models of health behaviour, psychological aspects of illness (for example the doctor-patient relationship, non-compliance with treatment), psychological aspects of pain, and psychological aspects of stress.

  • PM-268 Healthy mind, healthy body?

    This module aims to answer the question `does having a healthy mind translate to having a healthy body'? It explores the multiple associations between mental health and physical conditions that significantly impact people¿s quality of life, demands on health care and other services, and wider societal consequences. The module also explores contemporary issues, debates and influences on the prevention of mental health conditions and the promotion of well-being.

  • PMAM02 Management of Autism and Related Conditions

    This module will explore the various interventions and approaches utilised in the management of Autism, including the medical management of co-occurring conditions. It further explores the use of educational interventions to support the development of Autistic people and how these approaches could be incorporated within the clinical and social care services as part of an overall integrated management strategy. Additionally, this module will discuss how you can involve parents and caregivers in a supportive role for the management of Autism.

  • PMAM03 Foundations of Behaviour

    This module will introduce students to the concepts involved in the normal and abnormal development of the brain in terms of the physiological and psychological aspects. Additionally, it will explore how altered neurodevelopment is often described as a component of the behavioral aspects of Autism presentation. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the theoretical concepts of Behaviour Analysis and its role in the management of Autism.

  • PMAM06 Work Based Portfolio

    This module will allow students to review, appraise and evaluate the application of the knowledge gained throughout the programme within their own professional work environment by providing a portfolio of evidence that is supported by a reflective commentary.

  • PMRM04 Dissertation (Research)

    This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in teaching components in part one of their relevant programme. Students will work independently in order to critically explore and add to the evidence base for a topic of relevance to their area of study.

Supervision

  • Gambling on Civvy Street: UK Armed Forces veterans, their families, and gambling related harm (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Simon Dymond
  • Do Instructional Procedures based on Cognitive Load Theory Effects improve Learning? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Newton
  • Evaluating the long term effects of BOBATH for the management of children with cerebral palsy. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
    Other supervisor: Dr Martin Clift
    Other supervisor: Dr Martin Clift