Dr Andy Watt 


   Position: Reader in Psychology
   School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
   E-mail: awatt@cardiffmet.ac.uk
   Telephone: +44(0)29 2041 6923
   Room No: D2.02


Module Leader
  • PSY5004 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • FPS7000 Theories of Criminal Behaviour
  • FPS7005 Forensic Mental Health
  • SHS7000 Applied Research Methods

  • PSY5002 Research Design and Statistics
  • PSY6010 Forensic Psychology
  • PSY6002 Clinical Psychology
  • FPS7003 Psychological Assessments and Interventions
  • HSS7004 Research Skills

Undergraduate Supervision
  • BSc Psychology

Masters Supervision
  • MSc Forensic Psychology

Research Degree Supervision - Current
  • Anna Sweeney Prisoners narrative accounts of offending and motivation to change
  • Asma Al-Habsi Health and exercise in rural Omani women
  • Stephanie Best Diffusion of innovation in rural health and social care services
  • Andrew Evered Visual Learning And Proficiency Testing In Clinical Cytology Using Digital Media

Research Degree Supervision - Completed
  • Jacqueline Campbell Measuring and Enhancing Offenders’ Motivation for Treatment and Change
  • Deiniol Skillicorn Cognition and Emotion in Introvertive Anhedonia

  • Keenan, M., & Watt, A. (1990). Concurrent behaviour and response-reinforcer contiguity. The Psychological Record, 40, 127-138
  • Watt, A., Keenan, M., Barnes, D., & Cairns, E. (1991). Social categorisation and stimulus equivalence. The Psychological Record, 41, 33-50
  • Dickinson, A., Watt, A., & Griffiths, W.J.H. (1992). Free-operant acquisition with delayed reinforcement. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 45B (3), 241-258
  • Leslie, J.C., Tierney, K.J., Robinson, P.C., Keenan, M., Watt, A., & Barnes, D. (1993). Differences between clinically anxious and non-anxious subjects in a stimulus equivalence training task involving threat words. The Psychological Record, 43, 153-161
  • Dickinson, A., Balleine, B., Watt, A., Gonzalez, F., & Boakes, R.A. (1995). Motivational control after extended instrumental training. Animal Learning and Behaviour, 23 (2), 197-206
  • Dickinson, A., Watt, A., & Varga, Z.I. (1996). Context conditioning and free-operant acquisition under delayed reinforcement. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 49B (2), 97-110
  • Watt, A., & Honey, R.C. (1997). Combining CSs associated with the same or different USs. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 50B (4), 350-367
  • Honey, R.C., & Watt, A. (1998). Acquired relational equivalence: Implications for the nature of associative structures. The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behaviour Processes, 24 (3), 325-324
  • Honey, R.C., Watt, A., & Good, M. (1998). Hippocampal lesions disrupt an associative mismatch process. The Journal of Neuroscience, 18 (6), 2226-2230
  • Honey, R.C., & Watt, A. (1999). Acquired relational equivalence between contexts and features. The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behaviour Processes, 25 (3), 324-333
  • MacCulloch, M.J., Gray, N.S., & Watt, A. (2000). Brittain’s sadistic murderer syndrome reconsidered: An associative account of the aetiology of sadistic sexual fantasy. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 11, 401-418
  • Kington, J.M., Jones, L.A., Watt, A., Hopkins, E.J., & Williams, J. (2000). Impaired eye expression recognition in schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 34, 341-347
  • Rogers, P., Watt, A., Gray, NS, MacCulloch, M, & Gournay, K. (2002). Content of command hallucinations can predict self-harm but not violence in a medium secure hospital. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 13, 251-262
  • Gray, N.S., Watt, A., Hassan, S., & MacCulloch, M.J. (2003). Behavioural Indicators of sadistic sexual murder predict the presence of sadistic sexual fantasy in a normative sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18, 1018-1034
  • Watt, A., Topping-Morris, B., Mason, T., & Rogers, P. (2003). Pre-admission nursing assessment in forensic mental health (1991-2000): Part 1 – A preliminary analysis of practice and cost. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 40, 645-655
  • Watt, A., Topping-Morris, B., Rogers, P., & Mason, T. (2003). Pre-admission nursing assessment in forensic mental health (1991-2000): Part 2 - Comparison of traditional assessment with the items contained within the HCR-20 structured risk assessment. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 40, 657-662
  • Skillicorn, D., & Watt, A. (in press). Novel use of the Stoop task to examining executive cognitive deficits in schizotypy. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Bagshaw, R., Lewis, R., & Watt, A. (in press). Attachment theory-based approaches to treatment and problem behaviour in a medium secure hospital: effects of staff gender on ratings. Journal of Mental Health Education and Practice
  • Evered, A., Walker, D., Watt, A., & Perham, N. (in press). To what extent does non-analytic reasoning contribute to visual learning in cytopathology? Cancer Cytopathology

Graduated University of Ulster, BSc Psychology in 1988
PhD Cardiff University in 1998. Thesis: “Associative processes in acquired stimulus equivalence”

Jan 1992 – July 1994 Research Assistant. “Motivational control of incentive processes.” Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge.
Jul 1996 – Jul 1998 Post-Doctoral Research Associate. “The role of the hippocampus in complex stimulus processing.” School of Psychology, Cardiff University.
Jul 1998 – Jul 2000 Post-Doctoral Research Associate. “Follow-up study of South Wales Forensic psychiatric services.” School of Psychological Medicine,UWCM.
Jul 1998 – Jul 2001 Honorary Research Fellow. School of Psychology, Cardiff University.
Aug 2000-Aug 2001 Research Fellow (Grant held by A Watt) Department of Psychological Medicine, UWCM.
Present – onwards Honorary Reader, South Wales Forensic Mental Health Service, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust.

Chairman British Psychological Society (BPS), Welsh Branch 2004-2008
BPS Representative Council Member 2004-2008
Chair CSHS HCP ethics panel 2010-present
CSHS Research & Enterprise Committee 2008-present
CSHS Research Degrees Sub-Committee 2007-present
CSHS Professoriate 2010-present

My background is in animal cognition, human mental health and mental health services. My primary interests currently focus on the application of learning theory to our understanding of major mental illness (schizophrenia).
I work closely with colleagues within the School of Health Sciences and mental health services in Wales and South West England. Much of my current research effort is focused on the interaction between emotion, executive cognitive processes and complex learning deficits widely assumed to underpin the aetiology of schizophrenia.