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.