Dr Ceri Phelps,CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS

Ceri Phelps has over 10 years’ experience of applied health psychology research and health services evaluation, and has worked for government agencies as well as in academic institutions. She is registered by the Health Professions Council as a practicing Health Psychologist, and between 2010 and 2013 was a Committee Member of the South West Wales NHS Research Ethics Committee. Her research expertise primarily involves the development and evaluation of psychological interventions and understanding psychological responses to genetic risk and ill-health.  She is 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 have included the development and evaluation 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. 

Dr Paul B Hutchings  CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS

Paul Hutchings is an experimental social psychologist whose primary areas of research interest are in the fields of social psychology, social cognition, and political science.   His PhD included the development of novel computer-based methodologies for exploring how humans express and recognise emotions and other forms of non-verbal communication, exploring how facial recognitionencoding and processing influences the recognition of in-group and out-group members, and whether individual differences in attitude influence encoding type and recognition of faces.  Recently Dr Hutchings led a content analysis of the way in which Welsh media portrayed information about the proposed changes to the organ donation legislation in Wales. This work, funded by the Welsh Government, resulted in a published government report.   Paul is currently Chair of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society.    

Staff currently working on projects include:

Dr Kate Williams, MFBPsS

Kate completed her MSc Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology, and PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Swansea University. Kate has previously worked on a Welsh Government funded project in the College of Medicine at Swansea University, liaising with Local Health boards, Local Authorities, third sector organisations, and charities to map out health and social care datasets that exist in Wales. Kate joined the School of Psychology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in September 2015 with her research interests mainly centred on issues in the field of experimental cognitive psychology, such as object recognition and memory. As well as her lecturing post Kate is currently working as a Research Assistant on the in-house evaluation of the UWTSD Life Design initiative.


Dr Lymarie Rodriguez-Morales BA, MA, MPH, PhD 

Lymarie is a Lecturer in Psychology on the Swansea Campus. Her primary research focus is the investigation of psychosocial aspects of health and well-being from a qualitative-experiential perspective. Key research areas are in young adult development, particularly emotional experience and well-being, substance use, eating disorders, and qualitative research.


Zoe Cooke (Research Assistant) 

Zoe is a research assistant providing research support to a number of projects across the School, including a Tenovus-funded evaluation of their nurse-led call back service.  Zoe offers research support in qualitative and quantitative research methods and research ethics in the fields of mental and physical health.