Darren J. Edwards, B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D.

HEA Fellow, BPS Chartered Health Psychologist (CPsychol)

Senior Lecturer

Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences

College of Human and Health Sciences

Swansea University



TEL: +44 (0) 1792 604185
FAX: +44 (0) 1792 295679













About me: history, psychology education etc:


~PGCertHE, teaching qualification at Swansea University (2018).


~ACTivate Your Life trainer (trained by HCPC registered clinical psychologist, Prof. Neil Frude – 2017). This is a transdiagnostic psychoeducational intervention based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 



~Senior Lecturer within the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University (2018-present).


~Lecturer within the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University (2014-2018).


~Postdoctoral work (Research Fellow) with Prof. Phil Reed (2010-2014).


~PhD Supervisor: Emmanuel Pothos at Swansea University (completed 2010).



Specialist subjects:


~ Categorization and concept learning


~ Information theory


~ Sequence learning (unitization) and contextual locking


~ Over-selectivity and cognitive deficits in Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)


~ Psychophysiology


~ Chronic pain management through the contextualized biopsychosocial model


~ Values-based interventions


~ Mindfulness


~ Perspective-taking (PT)


~ Relational Frame Theory (RFT)



Grants / Funding:




Edwards, D. J., Bower, J., Dyer, T., Fenlon, D., & Watts, T. (2019). Tenovus iGrant. “Developing and assessing the feasibility and acceptability of an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) based, peer support intervention for people affected by haematological cancers who have competed initial active Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy.” £29,9247




Edwards, D. J. (2019). “AgorIP: Triage market report with Ashgrove Business Strategy.” £1320




Edwards, D. J., & Holmes, M. (2018). CHERISH-DE. “Developing a virtual reality environment for measuring trust in an autonomous vehicle setting.” £5000




Edwards, D. J., & Mansikkamäki, H. (2018). CHERISH-DE. “Developing heart rate applications for measuring trust in an autonomous vehicle setting.” £2000




Rogers, V., & Edwards, D. J. (2016). CHERISH-DE. “A pilot investigation into the use of bilingual techniques to remediate over-selectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” £5000




Edwards, D. J. (2015). Big Lottery funding. “A focus group evaluation of an outreach project delivered by Neath and Port Talbot Carer Service for unpaid carers.” £3000




Edwards, D. J., Patel, C., & Philips, C.  (2015). NHS Health Board’s commissioning collaborative. “Exploring gaps and opportunities for the Emergency Ambulance Service Commissioning Collaborative.  £7115






Disclaimer: These articles may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, redistribution, reselling, loan, sub-licensing, systematic supply, or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden.




Books & Chapters:




Edwards, D. J., & Best, S. (eds.) (2020).  The Textbook of Health and Social Care. SAGE.  Click here.




Chen, M., & Edwards, D.J. (2019). “Isms” in Visualization. In M. Chen, H. Hauser, P. Rheingans, G. Scheuermann  (eds.). Foundations of Data Visualization. Springer International Publishing. [PDF]




Edwards, D. J., Kaastra, L. T., Fisher, B., Chang, R., & Chen, M. (2017). Cognitive Information Theories of Psychology and Applications with Visualization and HCI Through Crowdsourcing Platforms. In Evaluation in the Crowd. Crowdsourcing and Human-Centered Experiments (pp. 139-153). Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-66435-4.  Click here. [PDF]




Edwards, D. J. (2015). Integrating behavioural and cognitive psychology: A modern categorization theoretical approach.  Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-63463-477-9.  Click here.




Media, Policy Briefs, and Public Engagement:




Edwards, D. J. (2019). Calm on Campus [Blog post]. Psychology Today. Click here.




Edwards, D. J., & Curry, D. (2019). The impact of Artificial intelligence on Wales (Policy brief).  See:





Edwards, D. J. (2019). ACTing in Society. A Pint  of Science (Science Festival - A beautiful mind). Swansea. Click here. [PDF]




Edwards, D. J. (2018). Osteopathy can be used to treat mental health issues related to back pain – new study. The Conversation. This has also been republished in The Independent.




Paper Responses:




Jordan S., Hughes D., Edwards, D.J., & Vaismoradi M. (2019) Pro-active Prevention and Amelioration Rapid Response In response to: Prevalence, severity, and nature of preventable patient harm across medical care settings: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2019; 366 doi: doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4185 Click here







Shackleton E., Toutt, C., & Edwards, D. (2019). Psychological context effects of participant expectation on pain pressure thresholds as an adjunct to cervicothoracic HVLA thrust manipulation: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine




Abdul-Rahman, A., Borgo, R., Chen, M., Edwards, D. J., & Fisher B. (2019). Juxtaposing Controlled Empirical Studies in Visualization with Topic Developments in Psychology arXiv: 1909.03786 [PDF]




Edwards, D. J., Rainey, E., Boukouvala, B., Wells, Y., Bennett, P., Tree, J., & Kemp, A. H. (2019). Novel ACT-based eHealth psychoeducational intervention for students with mental distress: Study protocol for a mixed-methodology pilot trial. BMJ Open doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029411[PDF]




Griffiths, F., McSweeney T., & Edwards, D. J. (2019). Immediate effects and associations between interoceptive accuracy and range of motion after a HVLA thrust on the thoracolumbar junction: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2019.06.007 [PDF]




Saracutu, M., Edwards, D. J., Davies, H., & Rance, J. (2018). Protocol for a feasibility and acceptability study using a brief ACT based intervention for people from Southwest Wales who live with persistent pain. BMJ Open http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021866 [PDF]




Edwards, D. J., Young, H., & Johnston, R. (2018) The immediate effect of therapeutic touch and deep touch pressure on range of motion, interoceptive accuracy and heart rate variability: A randomized controlled trial with moderation analysis.  Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnint.2018.00041 [PDF]




Cathcart, E., McSweeney, T., Johnston, R., Young, H., & Edwards, D. J. (2018). Immediate biomechanical, systemic, and interoceptive effects of myofascial release on the thoracic spine: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2018.10.006  [PDF]




Edwards, D. J. & Toutt, C. (2018). An evaluation of osteopathic treatment on psychological outcomes with patients suffering from chronic pain: a prospective observational cohort study collected through a health and wellbeing academy. Health Psychology Open doi: 10.1177/2055102918774684 [PDF]




Saracutu, M., Rance, J., Davies, H., & Edwards, D. J. (2017). The effects of osteopathic treatment on psychosocial factors in people with persistent pain: a systematic review. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2017.10.005 [PDF]




Whelan, G., Johnston, R., Millward, C., & Edwards, D. J. (2017).  The immediate effect of osteopathic cervical spine mobilization on median nerve mechanosensitivity: a triple-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.05.009 [PDF]




Edwards, D. J., McEnteggart, C., Barnes-Holmes, Y., Lowe, R., Evans, N., & Vilardaga, R. (2017). The impact of mindfulness and perspective-taking on implicit associations towards the elderly: a Relational Frame Theory account. Mindfulness doi: 10.1007/s12671-017-0734-x [PDF]




Edwards, D. J. & Wood, R. (2016).  Unsupervised categorization with individuals diagnosed as having moderate traumatic brain injury: over-selective responding. Brain Injury doi: 10.1080/02699052.2016.1199899 [PDF]




Hoffman, Y., Perlman, A., Orr-Urtreger, B., Tzelgov, J., Pothos, E. M., & Edwards, D. J. (2016). Unitization of route knowledge.  Psychological Research doi: 10.1007/s00426-016-0811-0 [PDF]




Osborne, L. A., Whittall, C. M., Edwards, D. J., Emanuel, R., Emery, S. & Reed, P. (2016).  Randomised control trial of a values-based motivational interview support to promote attendance at pelvic floor muscle training physiotherapy treatment. Journal of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy. 119, 38-46.




McCoss, C. A., Johnston, R., Edwards, D. J., & Millward, C. (2016).  Preliminary evidence of Regional Interdependent Inhibition, using a ‘Diaphragm Release’ to specifically induce an immediate hypoalgesic effect in the cervical spine. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.08.015 [PDF]




Osborne, L. A., Dixon, C., Edwards, D. J., Begum, R., Younis, A., Lucas, M. & Reed, P. (2016). A qualitative analysis of patients reasons for choosing neobladder or ileal conduit after cystectomy for bladder cancer. Journal of Clinical Urology doi:10.1177/2051415816650841 [PDF]




Chung, D. H. S., Archambault, D., Borgo, R., Edwards, D. J., Laramee, R. S. & Chen, M. (2016). How Ordered Is It? On the Perceptual Orderability of Visual Channels. Computer Graphics Forum. 35 (3), 131-140 [PDF]




Edwards, D. J. (2016). Unsupervised categorization with a child sample: category cohesion development. European Journal of Developmental Psychology  doi:10.1080/17405629.2016.1158706 [PDF]




Perlman, A., Hoffman, Y., Tzelgov, J., Pothos, E. M., & Edwards, D. J. (2015). The notion of contextual locking: Previously learned items are not accessible as such when appearing in less common context. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69, 3, 410-431. [PDF]




Whittal, C., Khan, Z., Edwards, D. J., Osborne, L., Emery, S., & Reed, P. (2013). A prospective observational study of the impact of patient values on compliance and outcomes for physiotherapy treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction. Neurology and Urodynamics, 32 (6), 663-664.




Edwards, D. J., Perlman, A., & Reed, P. (2012). Unsupervised Categorization in a sample of children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 33, 4, 1264-1269. [PDF]




Edwards, D. J., Pothos, E. M., & Perlman, A. (2012). Relational Vs. absolute representation in categorization. American Journal of Psychology. 125, 4, 481- 497. [PDF]




Perlman, A., Hahn , U., Edwards, D. J., & Pothos, E. M. (2012). Further attempts to clarify the importance of category variability in categorization. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 24, 2, 203-220. [PDF]




Pothos, E. M., Perlman, A., Bailey, T. M., Kurtz, K., Edwards, D. J., Hines, P., & McDonnell, J. V. (2011). Measuring category intuitiveness in unconstrained categorization tasks. Cognition, 1, 83-100. PDF]




Pothos, E. M., Edwards, D. J., & Perlman, A. (2011). Supervised vs. unsupervised categorization: Two sides of the same coin? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 1692-1713. [PDF]




Blagrove, M., Henley-Einion, J., Barnett, A., Edwards, D. J., & Seage, C.H. (2011). A replication of the 5-7 day dream-lag effect with comparison of dreams to future events as control for baseline matching. Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 384-391.




Perlman, A., Pothos, E. M., Edwards, D. J., & Tzelgov, J. (2010). Task-relevant chunking in sequence learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 649-61. [PDF]




Pothos, E. M., Perlman, A., Edwards, D. J., Gureckis, T. M., Hines, P. M., & Chater, N. (2008). Modeling category intuitiveness. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, LEA: Mahwah, NJ. [PDF]




Conference Proceedings and Other Presentations:




Edwards, D. J., Boukouvala, V., Wells, Y, & Kemp, A. H. (2018). A novel Acceptance and  Commitment Therapy eHealth psychoeducational intervention in students with depression, anxiety, and stress: A feasibility study. Health and Wellbeing Academy Annual Conference. Swansea. [PDF]




Edwards, D. J. (2018). The impact of osteopathy on co-morbid health psychological outcomes associated with pain. BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. Newcastle. [PDF]




Edwards, D. J., & Holmes, M. (2018). Developing a virtual reality environment for measuring trust in an autonomous vehicle setting. Pitch for industry collaborative escalator funding, CHERISH-DE. The TechHub. Swansea, UK [PDF]




Saracutu, M., Rance, J., Edwards, D. J., & Davies, H. (2018). ‘A Mindful ACT’- the Development of a Psychosocial Intervention for People with Persistent Pain and Psychological Comorbidities. Scientific Program Committee for the 17th World Congress on Pain. IASP. Boston, USA




Almutairi, R., Almoayad, F., McKimm, J., Williams, R., Weston, C., & Edwards D. J. (2017). Health professionals students’ knowledge, beliefs and behaviours toward public health issues in Saudi Arabia.  International Diabetes Federation’s Annual Congress. Abu Dhabi, UAE. 




Saracutu, M., Rance, J., Edwards, D. J., & Davies, H. (2017). A qualitative study to inform the development of a novel psychosocial intervention to accompany osteopathic treatment for persistent pain. BPS Division of Health Psychology Section Annual Conference. Cardiff.




Edwards D. J.  & Gadiraju, U. (2016) Cognitive Factors that Influence Workers’ Task Performance in Crowdsourcing Microtasks. Position paper, CHI (Computer-Human Interaction). Stanford University, San Jose, California [PDF]




Edwards D. J.  (2016). Evaluation in the Crowd: Crowdsourcing and Human-Centred Experiments. Crowdsourcing & Psychology. Report from Dagstuhl Seminar 15481. p111. Dagstuhl Castle, Frankfurt, Germany [PDF]




Edwards, D. J., & Lowe, R. (2016). Association of cooperation with mindfulness and age through a prisoner’s dilemma task. In proceedings of the BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference. Cardiff.




Edwards, D. J. (2015).Unsupervised categorization with a child sample: category cohesion development. In proceedings of the BPS Developmental Section and Social Section Annual Conference. Manchester




Edwards, D. J., Patel, C., Carey, F., Slater, J., & Toutt, C. (2014).  Investigating the difference between GP’s and osteopath’s beliefs of contraindication for using manual therapy as part of complementary treatment for cancer. In proceedings of ICAOR, Sao Paulo, Brazil.




Edwards, D.J., Lowe, R., Evans, N., & Vilardaga, R. (2014).  Effects of mindfulness and perspective-taking on implicit associations towards the elderly; an RFT perspective. In proceedings of the BPS social section conference. Canterbury. 




Edwards, D.J., Pelrman, A., & Wood, R (2013) Unsupervised Categorization in a TBI population.  In proceedings of the BPS Joint Cognitive Section and Developmental Section Conference. Reading.




Edwards, D. J., Reed, P., Dixon, C., Younis, A., Osborne, L. A., & Lucas, M. (2013) A qualitative analysis of patient reasons for choosing neobladder or ileal conduit following radical cystectomy for bladder cancer. In Proceedings of the Spring Welsh Urological Society Meeting. Llandudno.




Edwards, D. J., & Reed, P. (2011) Unsupervised categorization in individuals with autistic spectrum disorders.  In proceedings of the 28th Anniversary BPS Cognitive Section Conference.  keel.




Edwards, D. J., Pothos, E. M., & Perlman, A.  (2010) Using the simplicity model in measuring the category intuitiveness of unconstrained sorting tasks. In proceedings of the 27th Anniversary BPS Cognitive Section Conference.  Cardiff.




Edwards, D. J., Pothos, E. M., & Perlman, A.  (2009) Classification Mode in Categorization: Relative vs. Absolute Judgment.  In proceedings of the 26th Anniversary BPS Cognitive Section Conference.  Hertfordshire.




Edwards, D. J., Pothos, E. M., & Perlman, A.  (2008) Relative Vs. absolute mode of categorization. In proceedings of the 25th Anniversary BPS Cognitive Section Conference.  Southampton.



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