School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies

Visiting address
School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies
University of South Wales
United Kingdom
Phone: ++44 (0)1443 482679

Research interests

Visit the Addictions Research Group Web Pages here

Visit the Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Research Group Web Pages here 

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Addiction; Long-term psychological consequences of drug use; 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

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

Extreme sports and behavioural addiction

• Understanding Craving from a behavioural addiction perspective

• Sport as a conduit for the rehabilitation of substance misusers

Doctoral Students – Awarded

Dr Victoria Markham: Evaluating Barriers to Skill Acquisition for Children with Language Delays Receiving Behaviour Analytic Instruction: An Experimental Analysis (with Dr Richard May and Prof Jenn Austin). Awarded 2021.

Dr David Tee: Client characteristics that influence business performance coaching efficacy: the development of a theoretical framework and predictive psychometric instrument (with Prof David Shearer). Awarded 2020.

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

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 Bev John). Awarded 2014

Dr Sonja Garrett: Psychological resilience and its correlates in people with chronic pain living in the UK. (DPsych, City University). Awarded 2014

Dr Mirella Longo: Managing minor ailments: A Discrete Choice Experiment to investigate pharmacy users’ preferences (with Prof David Cohen). Awarded 2012

Doctoral Students – Current

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

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

Tom Young: Identifying the Behavioral and Psychophysiological Indicators of Mentally Tough Athletes (with Prof Richard Mullen and Prof David Shearer)

Nyle Davies: The social impact of gambling harm: screening and intervention (with Prof Bev John 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 Bev John and Dr James Greville)

Harriet Hughes: Screening and intervention for individuals with Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (DOS with Prof Bev John and Dr Richard May)

Iwan Rowlands: Psychological interventions for physical recovery from acute exercise-induced fatigue (with Prof David Shearer and Dr James Greville)

Odette Hornby: Examining the concept of “Addiction” in extreme sports’ participants (with Prof David Shearer and Dr Rob Heirene)

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