Research interests


Addictions, cognitive and behavioural intervention, health psychology

Current Research Activity:


Current Addictions Research Group projects are loosely grouped within 3 main research programmes. These reflect the progression, development and potential impact for the medium/longer term. 

  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Prevalence of and diagnosis of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage
  • Factors Predicting Relapse and Drop out from substance-related care and support services
  • Further validation of the FAST for screening for alcohol dependence
  • Models of harm reduction
  • Developing a public health model for reducing current and future gambling-related harm
  • The use of apps as an intervention for problematic drinking.
  • Factors that predict consumers’ alcoholic drink choices
  • Behavioural addiction
  • Psychological mechanisms in gambling behaviours
  • Understanding Craving from a behavioural addiction perspective

Doctoral Students – Awarded

Dr Rob Heirene: Improving the Understanding of the Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage: a Multi-Study Investigation. (DOS with Prof Gareth Roderique-Davies and Dr Ioannis Angelakis). Awarded 2019

Sheila Brennan. Social anxiety, public performance and student engagement (Director of Studies, with Dr Deborah Lancastle)Awarded 2019

Lenira Semedo. The development of a patient focus screening tool for psychological responses to pernicious anaemia (Director of Studies, with Dr Sue Faulkner). Awarded 2018

Laura Rees-Davies:). Management of Anorexia Nervosa in Wales:  An Intervention to increase efficacy in referral in health professionals.  (Director of Studies, with Dr Sue Faulkner). Awarded 2016

Dr Stuart Jones: The Emotional Responses following Injury in Recreational Athletes: The Development of the Emotional Response to Rugby Union Injury Scale (DOS with Prof Gareth Roderique-Davies). Awarded 2014

Doctoral Students – Current

Laura Drummond: Developing an App-based Self-help Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Consumption (DOS with Prof Gareth Roderique-Davies and Prof Neil Frude)

Marie O’Hanrahan: Factors predicting relapse and drop out from substance-related care and support services (DOS with Prof Gareth Roderique-Davies and Prof David Shearer)

Nyle Davies: The social impact of gambling harm: screening and intervention (with Prof Gareth Roderique-Davies and Dr Klara Sabolova)

Jamie Torrance: Development of harm reduction interventions for bespoke risk environments in the changing landscape of gambling and gaming (with Prof Gareth Roderique-Davies and Dr James Greville)

Robin Andrews: Evaluating an online symptom checking tool as an internvetion for menopausal symptoms (with Dr Deborha Lancastle)

Harriet Hughes: Screening and intervention for individuals with Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (with Prof Gareth Roderique-Davies and Dr Richard May)

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