Dr Ceri Phelps BA(Hons), MPhil, PhD, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS

Head of School of Psychology

Swansea

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 482084
E-mail: ceri.phelps@uwtsd.ac.uk

Ceri Phelps

  • Head of School
  • Module leader
  • Personal tutor
  • Dissertation co-ordinator
  • Research lead

I have been part of the Psychology programme team within the School of Psychology at Swansea Metropolitan University/UWTSD Swansea since 2008, and contribute to teaching and supervision on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School. Prior to this and following completion of my PhD I worked as a Research Fellow in the psychosocial genetics research group at Cardiff University. I am registered by the Health Professions Council as a practicing Health Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

My primary research interest is developing interventions to minimise the negative psychological impact of undergoing medical diagnosis and living with (or at risk of) chronic illness. I am an Honorary Tutor at the Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University, where I contribute to teaching and supervision on the MSc Genetic Counselling course, Cardiff University

  • Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society
  • Practicing Psychologist, Registered by Health Professions Council
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Chartered Scientist
  • Full member of the Division of Health Psychology, BPS.
  • Full Member of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)

My main academic interests are in the area of Health Psychology and intervention development and evaluation.  My current undergraduate and postgraduate teaching areas include Applied Psychology, Health Psychology, and Clinical & Abnormal psychology. 

I am involved in supervising MPhil and PhD students within the area of health and applied psychology.  I am actively engaged in a number of funded health psychology-related projects (please see further details below).

I have been involved in leading a variety of psychosocial research studies since 2001 whilst working within the Institute of Medical Genetics at Cardiff University, primarily involving the development and evaluation of psychological interventions and understanding psychological responses to genetic risk.  I am also interested in how individuals’ adaptation to living with genetic risk or chronic illness may be influenced by a range of social, emotional and cognitive factors, and the impact of these variables on adherence to health behaviours and quality of life. Recently funded research projects in the area of psycho-oncology have included the development and evaluation of an ecotherapy-based intervention for people affected by cancer, and a feasibility study of an online counselling world for young people affected by cancer in Wales.

I have over 10 years’ experience of applied health psychology research, and have worked for government agencies as well as in academic institutions. I am registered by the Health Professions Council as a practicing Health Psychologist.  Between 2010 and 2013 I was a Committee Member of the South West Wales NHS Research Ethics Committee and continue to have a strong interest in research ethics.

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Over the last five years I have been the successful lead applicant of two Innovation grants received from Tenovus the Cancer Charity.   The current funding is exploring the development of an online virtual counselling world for young people affected by cancer in Wales.

I am a current member of the Stakeholder Group for the Prostate Cancer UK/Tenovus “Man Van” project.  

Phelps, C., Minou M., Baker, A., Hughes C.,…Hutchings, P.B. (2016) Necessary but not sufficient? Engaging young people in the development of an avatar-based online intervention designed to provide psychosocial support to young people affected by their own or a family member's cancer diagnosis.  Health Expectations: advance online publication. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12473

Phelps, C., Butler, C., Cousins, A. & Hughes C.  (2016) Sowing the seeds or failing to blossom?  A feasibility study of a simple ecotherapy-based intervention in women affected by breast cancer. Ecancermedicalscience DOI: 10.3332/ecancer.2015.602

Pearce, S; Phelps, C; Matthews, M; Evans, A; Hughes; Lewis,I. (2016)  The case for targeting community pharmacy-led health improvement: Findings from a skin cancer campaign in Wales. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12251

Phelps, C., Hughes, C., Baker, A., French, H., Minou, M., & Hutchings, P. B. (2014.) #Letthekeyboarddothetalking: involving young people in the development of an online psychosocial counselling cancer intervention.  International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 21 (Supply 1): S76

Hutchings, P. B., Grey, P. M., Manchipp, S. J., & Phelps, C. (2014). Understanding public attitudes to organ donation: A media analysis. International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 21 (Supply 1): S184 

Hutchings, P.B., Fitzgerald, E., & Phelps, C (2014). Quick to judge: Using experimental methods to explore implicit attitudes towards different genetic conditions and their influence on intentions to undergo genetic testing.  International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 21 (Supply 1): S36

Phelps C., Bennett P; Hood K., Brain K., & Murray A. (2013). “A self-help coping intervention can reduce anxiety and avoidant health behaviours whilst waiting for cancer genetic risk information: results of a phase III randomised trial.”, Psycho-Oncology, 22(4), 837-834

Bennett P., Phelps C., Hilgart J., Hood K., Brain K., & Murray A. (2012) Concerns and coping during cancer genetic risk assessment. Psycho-Oncology. 21(6), 611-617.

Brain KE, Lifford, K J,  FraserL,. RosenthalA N., Rogers M, LancastleD, PhelpsC, WatsonE, ClementsA&   MenonU (2012) Psychological outcomes of familial ovarian cancer screening: no evidence of long-term harm.  Gynecologic Oncology; 127(3), 556-563

Lifford KJ, Fraser L, Rosenthal AN, Rogers MT, Lancastle D, Phelps C, Watson EK, Clements A, Iredale R, Jacobs I, Menon U, Brain KE (2012) 'Withdrawal from familial ovarian cancer screening for surgery: Findings from a psychological evaluation study (PsyFOCS)Gynecologic Oncology;124(1):158-63.

Lancastle DL; Brain K and Phelps C (2011).  Illness representations and distress in women undergoing screening for familial ovarian cancer.  Psychology & Health.26(12):1659-77. DOI:10.1080/08870446.2011.555544

Hughes L & Phelps C (2010).  “the bigger the network the bigger the bowl of cherries. Maybe there’s a cherry for every little problem you might come across.”:  Exploring the acceptability of, and preferences for, an ongoing support network for known BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutation carriers.  Journal of Genetic Counselling, 19(5), 487-90

Hilgart, J., Phelps, C., Bennett, P., Hood, K., Brain, K & Murray A (2010).  “I have always believed I was at high risk...” The role of expectation in emotional responses to the receipt of an average, moderate or high genetic risk assessment result:  A thematic analysis of free-text questionnaire comments.  Familial Cancer, 9(3), 469-477.

Phelps, C; Bennett P; Jones H; Hood K; Brain K & Murray A (2010). The development of a cancer-genetic specific measure of coping: The GRACE. Psycho-Oncology, 19, 847-854

Phelps, C., Bennett P & Brain, K (2008).  The role of appraisals and core relational themes in predicting emotional responses to cancer genetic risk assessment: an applied test of a cognitive theory of emotion.  Psychology Health & Medicine, 13(5), 545-58.

Phelps, C, Horrigan, D, Protheroe L, Hopkin J, Jones W & Murray A (2008).  "I wouldn't classify myself as a patient": the importance of a "well-being" environment for individuals receiving counselling about familial cancer risk." Journal of Genetic Counselling, 17(4):394-405

Phelps C., Wood F., Bennett, P; Brain K & Gray J (2007).  Knowledge and expectations of women undergoing cancer genetic risk assessment: A qualitative analysis of free-text questionnaire comments.  Journal of Genetic Counselling, 16 (4), 505-514

Bennett, P., Phelps, C., Brain, K., Hood, K., & Gray, J. (2007). A randomised controlled trial of a brief self-help coping intervention designed to reduce distress when awaiting genetic risk information. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 63 (1) 59-64.

Phelps, C., Bennett, P., Iredale, R., Anstey, S. & Gray, J.(2006).  The development of a distraction-based coping intervention for women waiting for genetic risk information: a phase 1 qualitative study.  Psycho-Oncology, 15(2), 169-173

Grants received

2013-current 30K Lead applicant: Tenovus the Cancer Charity Innovation Grant Scheme 2012: The C:EVOLVE Project. Evaluation of an online virtual environment for counselling young people affected by cancer.

2013-current Co-applicant on Welsh Assembly funded grant: Exploring media influence on attitudes towards organ donation in Wales.

2012-13 BPS undergraduate research assistantship scheme award. Bursary for student to explore experimental health psychology applied to genetics.

2010-2011 £26,300 Lead applicant: Tenovus the Cancer Charity Innovation Grant Scheme 2010: How does your garden grow? Exploring the acceptability of a simple eco-therapy based intervention for individuals suffering from cancer and their families.

2006-2009 90K Lead applicant: Wales Office for Research & Development in Health & Social Care Research Funding Scheme 2006.
Randomised Controlled Trial of a brief self-help coping intervention for individuals undergoing cancer genetic risk assessment.

2007-2012 198K. Co-applicant: 2007-2012. The BUPA Foundation: Psychological evaluation of Familial Ovarian Screening (PsyFOCS)

2006 5K Lead researcher: NHS small grants scheme 2006: Identifying an integrated care pathway to meet the needs of infertile men with CF/CVAVD facing choices about assisted reproduction.

Talks and Conference Presentations

Phelps, C (2014) Genetic risk, motivation and behaviour.  Wales Public Health Training Day on Public Health Impact of Genomics (invited speaker). Cardiff.

Phelps, C., Hughes, C., Baker, A., French, H., Minou, M., & Hutchings, P. B. (2014.) #Letthekeyboarddothetalking: involving young people in the development of an online psychosocial counselling cancer intervention. Oral presentation at the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Groningen.

Phelps, C (2013) Are illness perceptions a useful predictor of emotional distress over time in individuals undergoing cancer genetic risk assessment?  British Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Meeting, Southampton.

Phelps C (2012) Are illness perceptions a useful predictor of emotional distress over time in individuals undergoing cancer genetic risk assessment?  European Meeting for Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics, Germany

Invited Speaker, South West of Britain Genetic Counsellors’ Annual Meeting 2011.  Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University. “Understanding cognitive and emotional responses to genetic risk “

Phelps C (2010) Why worry? Managing anxiety in patient populations: a self-help coping intervention can reduce psychological distress and avoidance of potentially threatening health information.  European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics, Sweden, June 2010.

Phelps C (2010) Why worry? Managing anxiety in patient populations: a self-help coping intervention can reduce psychological distress and avoidance of potentially threatening health information.  BPS Division of Health Psychology Society’s Annual Conference, Belfast, Sept 2010.

Phelps C (2009) A self-help coping intervention can reduce distress and prevent anxious people from dropping out of NHS genetics services: results of the CARIAD Trial, an MRC Phase III RCT.  UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Meeting, Southampton. 

Phelps C (2008)  The development of a cancer-genetic specific measure of coping.  UK Cancer Genetics Group Annual Conference, Cardiff.

Phelps C (2008)  The development of a cancer-genetic specific measure of coping.  European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancer.  Barcelona.

Phelps C (2007)  A Qualitative Analysis of  free-text comments from questionnaires investigating the psychological impact of undergoing cancer genetic risk assessment.  Joint Meeting of the UK Cancer Genetics Group and Dutch Cancer Society with the 10th International Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetic Testing; Manchester Conference Centre.

Phelps, C (2006) The psychological impact of cancer genetic risk assessment and the effectiveness of a brief coping intervention.  Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University.

Phelps, C (2004) A distraction-based coping intervention for women undergoing cancer genetic risk assessment.  UK Cancer Genetics Group Meeting, Manchester

Phelps, C (2004).  Cancer genetic risk assessment: does a distraction-based coping leaflet reduce distress?  Wales Primary Care Research & Development Day, Llandrindod Wells.

Phelps, C (2001) The psychological impact of cancer genetic risk assessment and the effectiveness of a distraction-based coping intervention.  Wales Primary Care Research & Development Day, Llandrindod