Dr Tina Alwyn 

Summary


   Position: Reader in Health psychology and Addiction
   School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
   E-mail: talwyn@cardiffmet.ac.uk
   Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 7126
   Fax: +44 (0)29 2041 6985
   Room No: D311


Memberships
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Health Care and Professions Council registered
Chartered Psychologist

Research Interests
Addiction: substance use (including alcohol)
Mental health and well being
Evidenced based practice
Screening for health
Health behaviour change

Teaching


Module Leader
  • BSc Applied Psychological therapies
  • BSc Addictions
  • BSc Clinical psychology

Teaching
  • BSc Social psychology
  • BSc Contemporary issues (specialist subject: Addiction)
  • BSc Addiction
  • BSc Clinical Psychology
  • BSc Applied Psychological therapies
  • MSc stress management
  • MSc mental health

Undergraduate Supervision
  • Substance use in different population groups: impact on health behaviours
  • Substance use and risk
  • Homeless and vulnerability to alcohol and other drugs
  • Legal and illegal highs: motivation and risk

Masters Supervision
  • Evidence based practice in substance use
  • Homeless and vulnerability to alcohol and other drugs
  • Risk and substance use
  • Psychological health and well being
  • Substitute prescribing: its impact on recovery

Research Degree Supervision - Current
  • Speiss P., Social norms and alcohol related behaviour in young people from Greece and Wales.

Research Degree Supervision - Completed
  • Almughiry, A (2012) Evaluating marriage preparation programmes in the Oman
Publications


  • Alwyn, T., John, B & Thomas, E (2013) review of access to, and provision of psychological therapies in Wales. Welsh Government. UK.
  • Alwyn, T and John B (2012) Alcohol: Harm Reduction In Harm Reduction in Substance Use and High Risk behaviour (Eds R Pates & D Riley). Wiley-Blackwell Addiction Press.
  • Alwyn T and Thomas E (2012) Compendium of good practice for children and young substance misuse services. Cardiff: Welsh Government
  • Alwyn T and Thomas E (2011) Substance Misuse Treatment Framework: Guidance for Evidence Based Community Prescribing in the Treatment of Substance Misuse. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
    http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dsjlg/publications/commsafety/110628prescribingen.pdf
  • Varty, K & Alwyn T (2011) Womens experiences of using heroin substitute medication in pregnancy. British Journal of Midwifery. Vol 19, (8) 507-514
  • Alwyn T and Thomas E (2011) Substance Misuse Treatment Framework: Guidance for Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions in the Treatment of Substance. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
    http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dsjlg/publications/commsafety/110628pyschosocialen.pdf
  • Alwyn T and Thomas E (2011) Substance Misuse Treatment: Guidance for the Provision of Evidence Based Tier 4 Services in the Treatment of Substance Misuse. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
    http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dsjlg/publications/commsafety/110628tier4servicesen.pdf
  • Alwyn T and Thomas E (2011) Guidance for Integrated Care and Integrated Care Pathways for Substance Misuse Services in Wales. Cardiff. Welsh Government
  • Harris P, Atkins R, Alwyn T (2010) Evaluating a complementary therapies clinic: outcomes and relationships. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16, 31-35
  • Alwyn T and Thomas E (2009) A scoping exercise to identify the requirements for, and current provision of, counselling across substance misuse services in Wales. Cardiff: The Psychological Impact Evaluation Research Group.
    http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dsjlg/research/090626scopingen.pdf%20&%20http:/wales.gov.uk/docs/dsjlg/research/090626scopingcy.pdf
  • UKATT Research Team (2008) UK Alcohol Treatment Trial: client-treatment matching effects. Addiction, 103(2) 228 -238
  • John B., Alwyn, T., Hodgson R.J & Phillips,C (2008) Gender role and Alcohol Treatment Outcome, Journal of Applied Social Psychology 38(8) pp2179-2194
  • Orford, J., Hodgson, R.J., Copello, A., John. B., Smith, M., Black, R., Fryer, K., Handforth, L., Alwyn, T., Kerr C., Thistlethwaite, G., & Slegg, G (2006) The clients perspective on change during treatment for an alcohol problem: qualitative analysis of follow-up interviews in the UK Alcohol Treatment Trial. Addiction 1011, pp60-80
  • UKATT Research Team (2005) Effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems: findings of the randomised United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial. British Medical Journal, pp331-339
  • UKATT Research Team (2005) Cost effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems: the findings of the randomised United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial (UKATT). British Medical Journal. Pp 339-544
  • Orford, J., Kerr, C., Copello. A., Hodgson,R.J., Alwyn, T., Black, R., Smith, M., Thistlethwaite, G., Westwood, A & Slegg, G (2005) Why people enter treatment for alcohol problems: findings from UKATT pre-treatment interviews. Journal of substance misuse
  • Alwyn, T., John, B., Hodgson, R. J & Phillips, C (2005) Structured therapy maximises benefits of alcohol detoxification. Findings (February)
  • Alwyn, T., John, B., Hodgson, R. J & Phillips, C (2004) Home detoxification: the effectiveness of a psychological intervention. Alcohol & Alcoholism 39 (6) pp536-541
  • Alwyn, T., John, B., & Hodgson, R (2002) Outcomes and processes of change of a home detoxification psychosocial intervention treatment trial (Abstract). Addiction Biology 7 (3) 329-330
  • Hodgson, R.J., Alwyn T., John, B., Thom, B., & Smith, A. (2002) The FAST Alcohol Screening Test Alcohol & Alcoholism 37(1) 61-66
  • Hodgson, R.J, John, B., Alwyn, T., Hodgson, R.C., Waller, S. & Newcombe, R. (2003) FAST Screening for alcohol misuse. Addictive behaviours 28 pp1453-1463
  • John, B., Alwyn, T., Hodgson, R.J., Smith, A., Waller, S., & Harris, S. (2002) The feasibility of alcohol interventions In Accident & Emergency Departments The Drug & Alcohol Professional Vol 2 (2)
  • Alwyn, T., John, B & Hodgson, R.J (2001) The development of a brief global outcome measure for dependent drinkers. Report to Welsh Office of Research & Development
  • UKATT Research Team (2001) United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial: Hypotheses, desighn & methods. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 36, pp11-21

Below are references with my former name: Abbasi
  • Hodgson RJ., Abbasi T., John B., Smith et al (1999) The Feasibility of Alcohol Interventions in Accident & Emergency departments. Report to the Department of Health
  • Abbasi, T. & Hodgson, R.J. (1997), A Survey of Welsh Smoking Prevention & Cessation Projects & Activities, Health Promotion Wales
  • Hodgson, R. J., Abbasi, T. & Clarkson (1996)Effective Mental Health Promotion: A literature Review, Health Education Journal, 55 pp55-7
  • Hodgson, R.J. & Abbasi, T., (1996), Mental Health Promotion: 40 Examples of Effective intervention Health Promotion Wales, Technical Report No. 21.
  • Abbasi, T. & Hodgson, R.J. (1995), Survey of mental Health Promotion Projects in Wales, Technical Report.
  • Hodgson, R.J. & Abbasi, T. (1995), The Effectiveness of Mental health Promotion Interventions, Health Promotion Wales, Technical Report.
Profile


Tina Alwyn is a Chartered Psychologist, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Reader in Health Psychology and Addiction. She works with a supported housing organisation one day a week. She has wide ranging experience in the development of effective evidence based treatments for alcohol dependence and substance misuse and evaluating substance misuse service provision; developing evidence based interventions for children and young people and their parents; developing assessment and screening measures (e.g. the FAST); developing brief interventions;, evaluating the evidence base and developing theoretical frameworks and models; evaluating health care utilisation; and evaluating and predicting behaviour change.

Tina has recently reviewed access to, and provision of psychological therapy in Wales for the Welsh Government. This review will inform the Welsh Mental Health Strategy.

Tina is a deputy editor of the Journal of Substance Use and reviews papers and research proposals for the Alcohol Research UK, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Journal of Health Psychology. She is also a member of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors. Tina has been invited as a key speaker at a number of conferences on issues relating to substance misuse and has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and other appropriate arenas.

My main focus is in applied research in health, in particular mental health and the substance misuse field. There are four strands to my field of research and knowledge: Projects completed to date:

1. Evaluation and policy related to health care

  • Review of access to, and provision of psychological therapies in Wales. Welsh Government (2013).
  • Mapping the impact of alcohol on a town and city centre in South Wales to underpin Public Health policy. Funded By Bridgend and Swansea City council.
  • The development of a compendium of good practice for children and young substance misuse services. Cardiff: Welsh Government (2012)
  • Review and revise three modules of the substance misuse treatment framework for Wales (2011)
  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of social normative interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in young people. This project was commissioned through the Alcohol Education Research Council and funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and Drinkaware. (2010)
  • Collate and evaluate the feedback to the consultation documents: ‘National Core Standards for Substance Misuse Services in Wales’; ‘Guidance for Establishing Substance Misuse Area Planning Boards’; and the ‘Guidance for Integrated Care and Integrated Care Pathways for Substance Misuse Services in Wales’. (2012)
  • Developing a Substance Misuse Commissioning Strategy 2010-2013 Newport City Council June 2010.
  • Writing the ‘Guidance for Integrated Care and Integrated Care Pathways for Substance Misuse Services in Wales’ on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government.
  • Evaluation of the provision of substance misuse services for a number of counties in Wales.
  • A scoping exercise to identify the requirements for, and current provision of, counselling across substance misuse services in Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. Completed February 2009
  • Mapping of alcohol related admissions to A&E departments. Commissioned by Welsh Government. 2008
  • Mapping of student drinking and alcohol related beliefs. Commissioned by Welsh Government. 2008

2. Alcohol dependence and misuse
My research in this area relates very much to behaviour change.

  • Training for secondary care nurses to deliver screening (FAST) and a brief intervention to reduce the impact of alcohol-related admissions £60,000. 2010
  • The addition of a psychological intervention to a home detoxification programme. Funded by Welsh Office R&D for £65,000. 1996-2000
  • The clinical implications of hazardous alcohol consumption and binge drinking for dental students. Funded by the Chief Medical Officers grant, Welsh Assembly for £9,000. 2006
  • Promoting safe and sensible attitudes to alcohol in children and their families (Phase 2). Funded by the Alcohol Education Research Council for £43,000. Beginning 2005
  • Promoting safe and sensible attitudes to alcohol in children and their families: A pilot study (Phase 1). Funded by the Alcohol Education Research Council for £35,000. 2003-2004
  • Psychological aspects of injecting in diabetic participants. Unfunded. 2004 – to-date
  • The United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial (UKATT). Funded by Medical research council for. 1996-2004
  • The implementation of a brief intervention for identified hazardous drinkers in A&E Departments. Funded by the Health development Agency for £50,000, 1998-1999
  • The feasibility of alcohol interventions in Accident & Emergency departments. Funded by HDA for £40,000.1998-1999

3. Health Promotion

  • Survey of mental health promotion projects in Wales. Funded by Health Promotion Wales. 1997
  • The effectiveness of mental health promotion interventions. Funded by Health Promotion Wales. 1996
  • A survey of Welsh smoking prevention and cessation projects & activities. Funded by Health promotion Wales. 1997

4. Measurement and assessment

  • The development of a brief global outcome measure for alcohol dependence and related problems. Funded by WORD for £63,000. 2000 – 2002
  • The development of a brief screening measure to assess hazardous drinking (Fast Alcohol Screening Measure [FAST]). Funded by the Alcohol Education & Research Council for £40,000 . 2000-2001