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B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology (2:1).

Diploma in Occupational Studies for placement at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Higher Education Teaching Certificate.

Ph.D. University of Hull. Thesis entitled ‘A longitudinal investigation into the influence of atypical antipsychotics on cognitive function in schizophrenia’.


I am an Academic Psychologist with a background in research in mental health, neuropsychology and critical psychology. My undergraduate Psychology degree was at Middlesex University and from there I went to the University of Essex to complete an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology. This led on to an appointment as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hull, where I completed my Doctorate. I began lecturing in Abnormal Psychology whilst at Hull, and then moved to the University of Gloucestershire to take on the role as Senior Lecturer in Psychology. I am now in post as Academic Manager for Psychology at the University of South Wales. Outside of academia, I have a wide experience of working with children with special needs and adults with cognitive impairment


1. Tyson, P.J., Jones, D. & Elcock, J. (2011) Psychology in Social Context: Issues and Debates. BPS Blackwell.

2. Jones, T. & Tyson, P.J. (2014) Clinical and Abnormal Psychology. Psychology Express Series. Pearson Education.

1. Tombs, M. Johnson, K. & Tyson, P.J. (2013) The benefits of physical activity for cognitive functioning in a student population. Education and Health, 31 (3) 91–94.

2. Brailsford, R., Catherwood, D., Tyson, P.J. & Edgar, G. (2013): Noticing spiders on the left: Evidence on attentional bias and spider fear in the inattentional blindness paradigm, Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, DOI:10.1080/1357650X.2013.791306.

3. Crone, D., James, D., Tyson, P.J., O’Connell, E. (2012) ‘Art Lift’ Intervention to Improve Wellbeing: An Observational Study from UK General Practice. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22, 279-286.

4. Tyson, P.J. (2013) A service user initiated project investigating the attitudes of mental health staff towards clients and services in an acute mental health unit. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 20, 379-386.

5. Crone, D., O’Connell, E., Tyson, P., Clark-Stone, F., Opher, S., and James, D.V.B. (2012). ‘It helps me make sense of the world’; The role of an art intervention for promoting health and wellbeing in primary care: Perspectives of patients, health professionals and artists. Journal of Public Health. 20, 519-524.

6. The Effects of Physical Activity on Psychological Well-Being for those with Schizophrenia: A Systematic Review (2011), Holley, J., Crone, D., Tyson, P. & Lovell, G. British Journal of Clinical Psychology 50 (1), 84-105.

7. Physical Activity and Mental Health in Students (2010) Tyson, P.J., Wilson, K., Brailsford, R. & Laws. K. Journal of Mental Health, 19, (6), 492-499.

8. Employer and employment agency attitudes towards employing individuals with mental health needs (2010) Biggs, D., Hovey, N., Tyson, P. & Macdonald, S. Journal of Mental Health, 19 (6), 505-516.

9. Improving health, well-being and cognition in schizophrenia: making the case for physical activity (2010). Crone, D., Tyson, P. & Holley, J. Journal of Public Mental Health, 9 (2), 32-35.

10. Attention and executive function in people with schizophrenia; relationship with social skills and quality of life (2008). Tyson, P.J., Laws, K.R., Flowers, K.A., Mortimer, A.M. & Schulz, J. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice 12, 120-119.

11. Awareness of Everyday Executive Difficulties Precede Overt Executive Dysfunction in Schizotypal Subjects (2008), Laws, K.R., Patel, D. & Tyson, P.J. Psychiatry Research, 160, 8-14.

12. Negative symptoms predict social functioning among patients with schizophrenia (2007). Guaiana, G., Tyson, P.J., Roberts, K.H. & Mortimer, A.M. Swiss Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 158, 25-31.

13. Cognitive function and social abilities in patients with schizophrenia: relationship with atypical antipsychotics (2006). Tyson, P.J., Laws, K.H. Flowers, K.A., Tyson, A. & Mortimer, A.M. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 60, 473-479.

14. An analysis of the stability of memory dysfunction in schizophrenia (2005). Tyson, P.J., Laws, K.H., Roberts, K.H. & Mortimer, A.M. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 27, 718-734.

15. Stability of set-shifting and planning abilities in patients with schizophrenia (2004). Tyson, P.J., Laws, K.H., Roberts, K.H. & Mortimer, A.M. Psychiatry Research, 129, 229- 239.

16. The Rivermead Behavioural Memory test predicts social functioning among patients treated with Clozapine (2004). Guaiana, G., Tyson, P.J. & Mortimer, A.M. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 8, 245 – 249.

17. Are the cognitive effects of the atypical antipsychotics influenced by their affinity to 5HT-2A receptors? (2004) Tyson, P.J., Roberts, K.H. & Mortimer, A.M. International Journal of Neuroscience,114, 747-765.

18. Conventional antipsychotic prescription in unipolar depression 2: Withdrawing conventional antipsychotics in unipolar, non-psychotic patients (2003). Mortimer, A.M., Martin, M., Wheeler-Vega, J.A., Tyson, P.J. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 64 (6), 668-672.

19. Conventional antipsychotic prescription in unipolar depression, 1: An audit and recommendations for practice (2003) Wheeler – Vega, J.A., Mortimer, A.M., Tyson, P.J. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 64 (5), 568-574.

20. CAG repeats in schizophrenia : relationship with premorbid functioning (2002) Ayton, A.K., Morris, A., Tyson, P.J., Mortimer, A. & Cottrell, D.J. European Psychiatry, 17, 332-338.

21. A comparison of the service satisfaction and intervention needs of patients with schizophrenia and their relatives (2001) Tyson, P.J. Ayton, A., Al Agib, A. Bowie, P., Worall-Davies, A. & Mortimer, A. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 5, 263 – 271.

22. Somatic Treatments in psychotic depression: a review and recommendations for practice. (2000) Wheeler, J.A., Mortimer, A.M. & Tyson, P.J. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20 (5), 504 – 519.

23. Sequence Variation within the RPGR Gene; Evidence for a Founder Complex Allele (2000) Zito, I., Morris, A., Tyson, P., Winship, I., Sharp, D., Gilbert, D., Thiselton, D.L., Bhattacharya, S.S. & Harcastle, A.J. Human Mutation, 16 (3): 273-4.

24. High dose antipsychotic treatment in clinical practice, a review, audit and survey of consultant psychiatrist’s opinions (1999) Tyson, P.J., Mortimer, A.M, & Wheeler, J.A. Psychiatric Bulletin, 23, 661-664.


British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Expertise or Interest

Mental health, neuropsychology, critical psychology.

Grants Awarded

In 2002 I was part of a team at the University of Hull who were awarded £38, 455 by Eli Lilly & Co. This funding was for a study considering how medication used in schizophrenia influenced social and cognitive function.
In 2008 I was awarded £5, 875 by Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust to conduct a study investigating the needs and service satisfaction of carer’s of individuals with an acquired brain injury.
In 2011 I was awarded £4, 500 by Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust to conduct a literature review on the efficacy of the’ ReThink’ Self-Harm Help-line in assisting individuals at risk of self-harming and suicide.
Also in 2011 was jointly awarded a teaching and learning grant of £2, 500 by the University of Wales, Newport.
In 2012 I was awarded £3, 500 by Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust to conduct an evaluation of the MENTalk program which is aimed at promoting mental health awareness in young men.


Two successfully completions of MSc by Research.
One PhD completion.
Currently supervising two PhD’s and several MA theses

Degree Examiner Appointments

Two MSc examinations and one PhD examination.

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