Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 513466
Room: Office - 109
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

Specialist Subjects:

  • Chronic pain management (psychosocial especially Chronic low back pain )
  • Long term and Chronic Conditions Management (Psychological )


  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Research Interests:

  • I am interested in the psychological responses to long term and chronic conditions in particular chronic pain. My PhD work was with older people with chronic pain but I am also interested in the experiences of younger people with chronic pain in an attempt to better understand how to support people. I am also interested in older peoples’ experiences of accessing pain support and information in rural areas. In terms of methodologies I am able to undertake a range of qualitative and quantitative methods but have a keen interest in IPA. An emerging interest is developing innovative educational interventions for applying psychology to nursing in nurse and health professionals education.


  1. & Translation and psychometric testing of the Farsi version of the Seattle angina questionnaire. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 15(1)
  2. & Iranian Physicians' Perspectives Regarding Nurse–Physician Professional Communication: Implications for Nurses. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice 31(3), 202-218.
  3. Teaching psychology to student nurses: the use of ‘Talking Head’ videos. Research in Learning Technology 24(30891), 0-0.
  4. Factors influencing research design. In Nursing and Healthcare Research at a Glance.
  5. Participatory Health Research. In Nursing and Healthcare Research at a Glance.

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  • PS-M39 Qualitative Methods

    This module provides coverage of main approaches to qualitative research. Qualitative analysis will be taught via a practical/conceptual, rather than a theoretical approach. Instruction is given in the use of performing qualitative analyses. The objective of this approach is to ensure competency in the understanding of the uses of qualitative analysis, and the main strengths and weaknesses of this approach. The course will lead to the ability to perform analysis, and enable interpretation of such analyses.

  • PS-M52 Statistical and Research Methods

    This module provides a comprehensive overview of the statistical methods and research designs used in applied clinical and health psychology. The module examines the parameters of ethical research practice and introduces students to the key concepts and a limited number of qualitative methods commonly used in applied psychology.

  • SHC152 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body and how it is affected by disease, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHG3041 Fundamentals of Community Practice

    Following a community nursing review commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006) it was recommended that a more flexible, modular framework for the development of community nursing be made available across Wales, hence the development of this All Wales module. The module will frontload the Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) in community nursing and can be used to AP(E)L against the SPQ. The module can also be delivered as a standalone module that will continue to be funded by WAG and will run for 15 weeks (theory and practice). A flexible approach will be used to deliver the module with some sessions being provided through blackboard. There are four themes incorporated in the module where each theme has a theoretical and clinical outcome. The themes are: Community as the Context of Care, Professional Role and Accountability, Clinical Practice in the community, The Family (sociological and psychological perspectives). Each student will be supported by a sign off mentor or Community Practice Teacher (CPT) in a practice setting that has undergone an educational audit. The CPT / sign-off mentor will assess the student¿s competency to practice.

  • SHGM18 Foundations in Research

    The purpose of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the research process and methodological approaches to sound applied research. The module will be delivered in a systematic approach facilitating individual and group learning, and will stimulate the development of research skills that will enable learners to apply them in their work environment and contribute to strengthening the notion and implementation of evidence based practice.

  • SHHM06 The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness

    Students will be enabled to consider the social aspects of long term and chronic illness to gain understanding of the effects on the individual and society. The module will provide an opportunity to learn about the lived experiences of people, throughout the life course, whose lives are affected by long term and chronic illness. Consideration will be given also to the study of carers¿ experiences, examining their role and how their needs may be met. The module will focus on aspects of long term and chronic condition management that are overlooked in bio-medical approaches by examining in detail how people make sense of and cope with long term and chronic illness. It will also encourage practitioners to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients with long term and chronic conditions and their carers within its strategic framework.

  • SHHM14 Introduction to Research and Study Skills

    This module aims to provide students with the necessary generic skills to undertake research successfully, including organisation and time management skills, handling relationships with supervisors and research personnel (informants, gatekeepers etc), use of bibliographic sources, conduct of literature searches, use of internet, communicating research results, making oral presentations and writing for different audiences and purposes.

  • SHHM20 Dissertation (Social Research)

    This dissertation module provides an opportunity for the student to undertake an extensive piece of academic writing based on an original piece of research conducted by the student. The dissertation is a medium to demonstrate the student¿s understanding of the processes of social research as applied to their own discipline.

  • SHHM55 Introduction to Research, Evidence based Practice and Reflection for Physicians Associates

    This module will be a compulsory module within the MSc / Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Physician¿s Associate Studies and reflects compulsory curriculum content. The module aims to introduce students to the main research paradigms including the principles of research, and the ability to appraise research to provide an evidence base for their personal practice. Students will also be introduced to reflective practice and its value in enabling reflection on clinical learning and the development of clinical competence.

  • SHP205 Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine

    This module will build on knowledge gained at level 4 to develop a more in depth understanding of the role of psychology in health and illness.

  • SHP309 Applied Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine

    This module examines the practical application of psychology to health, illness and medicine.

  • SHVM42 Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness

    Within the area of chronic condition management, the new discipline of health psychology is becoming an integral component. This module will introduce the principle concepts of health psychology, its research basis, and explore how it can be effectively incorporated into promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, as well as the current health care system to inform policy.

  • SHVM46 Chronic Pain Management

    The experience of chronic pain has a major impact upon a person¿s quality of life and it can often limit their level of physical functioning. Therefore, it is important to have effective strategies and treatment options available to decide the best method of clinical intervention. There are two main approaches to chronic pain management ¿ pharmacological and non-pharmacological (i.e. electrotherapy, massage, acupuncture, etc). This module will examine each option in terms of its evidence base and clinical application.

  • SREM03 Research Methods and Skills

    The ability to critically appraise literature, evaluate research, and conduct research studies is fundamental to developing the field of sport ethics and integrity. This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of research methods and skills and to apply this knowledge to answer research questions pertinent to the field.


  • Promoting emotional well-being in secondary schools in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Coffey
  • Access to mental health services: in pursuit of shared values. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Coffey
  • 'An ethnographic study of health visitors’ interpretation of the principle of ‘the influence on policies affecting health’ in Wales.' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Dr Gideon Calder
    Other supervisor: Prof Joy Merrell
  • Attitudes of Clinical Staff towards peri-natal bereavement support in Oman (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Joy Merrell
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
  • An Ethnographic Study exploring the knowledge of Children and Young People diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Health Promotion Strategies employed in Saudi Arabia (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
    Other supervisor: Dr Eryl Maunder
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
  • An ethnographic study of the factors associated with poorly controlled type-2 diabetes and its management among patients accessing primary care services in Jordan. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
    Other supervisor: Prof Joy Merrell
  • Amended title (based on lit review and supervisory team discussion) : " the lived experience of lumbopelvic pain during pregnancy: the therapeutic contributions of osteopathic care". (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager Social Research Methods - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2010 - Present

  • Module Leader Chronic Pain Management - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2010 - Present

  • Module Leader: Social Aspects of Chronic Conditions - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2010 - Present

External Responsibilities

  • Welsh Pain Society Treasurer, Welsh Pain Society

    2011 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • The use of Talking Heads in Nurse Education 2012 - 2013

    Bournemouth University, with D. Tait, £2000

  • RDG: The information needs of older people with chronic pain residing in rural areas in Wales 2012

    OPAN, £2000

Research Groups

  • OPAN

    Older People & Ageing Research & Development Network