I completed my PhD at Aberystwyth University in 2016. My research places focus on elements of health psychology and implementation science. More specifically this includes the use of digital health platforms to support health care provision in a number of areas (End of life care and chronic conditions).
My undergraduate degree also completed in Aberystwyth was a joint honours psychology and marketing degree. As such I retain an interest in areas of consumer psychology (decision making, identity, and branding).
My main motivation to teach is to facilitate the development of students at all levels of study. The objective of my teaching style is to encourage students to develop an opinion or specific interests which they wish to build upon away from face to face timetabled sessions.
When progressing through your academic life the only person you should compare yourself to is your prior achievements. Focus on your own development as opposed to how you compare to your peers.
My teaching style includes a mixture of traditional methods (lectures, seminars, and tutorials) and morte intereactive elements such as group debates and discussion boards.
I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Associate Lecturer (Aberystwyth University)
Lecturer (Maternity cover - Aberystwyth University)
Psychology is a rewarding area to study due to the various sub-disciplines that exist within it. While it is important to study the core areas outlined by the BPS, it is also important to develop specific interests in a sub-discipline that you find interesting
I contribute to the following units:
Applied Social and Developmental Psychology
Health and Psychological Interventions
Clinical and Forensic issues in Psychology
I contribute to the following unit:
MSc Psychological Wellbeing Pathway:
Research Principles and Methods (Unit Lead)
MSc Health Psychology:
Illness, Disability, and Long-Term Conditions (Unit Lead)
Understanding and Changing Health Behaviour
Manchester Metropolitan University:
MSc Supervision - I also supervise a number of MSc dissertations which focus on elements of health psychology, psychological well-being and need satisfaction, and implementation of digital health interventions
My research expertise includes broad areas of health psychology and implementation science. To date, I have placed focus on the following areas:
Digital Health Platforms
Feasibility and acceptibility of change in organisations
Palliative and end of life care
From a methodological perspective, I favour a qualitative approach to understanding the perspectives and experiences of participants.
Theoretically, I have expertise in applications of Self-Determination Theory, Unified Theory of the Acceptance and Use of Technology, and Normalization Process Theory
JR. Keenan, H. Lionarons Obstacles that stand in the way of digital intervention within mental health. Journal of mHealth. 5(3),
RJ. Rahman, JR. Keenan (2015). Patient and professional acceptability of telehealth to monitor COPD and diabetes. , United for Health.
My research focusing on the use of telehealth to support palliative care patients in rural Wales was covered by BBC news and can be accessed using this link:
Student led teaching awards - Postgraduate teacher of the year (highly commended)
Higher Education Academy - Fellow