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• 2003: PhD, University of Hull. Thesis focus was Neuro-cognition in Schizophrenia.

• 2001: Higher Education Teaching Certificate, University of Hull;

• 1996: MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology, Essex University

• 1994: BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Middlesex University

• 1993: Diploma in Occupational Studies, Middlesex University


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 Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of South Wales. Outside of academia, I have a wide experience of working in the mental health field, as well as with children with learning difficulties and adults with cognitive impairment.



1) Tyson, P.J., Davies, S.K. & Torn, A. (2019) Madness: History, Concepts and Controversies. Oxon, Routledge.

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

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


1. Chilton, J., Crone, D. & Tyson, P.J. (2020) ‘The group was the only therapy which supported my needs, because it helped me feel normal and I was able to speak out with a voice’. A qualitative study of an integrated group treatment for dual diagnosis service users within a community mental health setting. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.
2. Andrews, R.A.F. & Tyson, P. (2019) The Superstitious Scholar: paranormal belief within a student population and its relationship to academic ability and discipline. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education,
3. Chilton, J., Crone, D. & Tyson, P.J. (2018) Clinical Outcomes from a 10-week follow-up psychoeducational programme for Dual Diagnosis. Journal of Dual Diagnosis,14(2):102-110.
4. Ghisoni, M. Wilson, C., Morgan, K., Edwards, B., Simon, N., Langley, E., Rees, H., Wells, A., Tyson, P.J., Thomas, P., Kitt, F., Mitchell, B., Bowen, A. & Celia, J. (2017) Priority setting in research: user led mental health research. Research Involvement and Engagement, 3: 4, DOI 10.1186/s40900-016-0054-7.
5. Tyson, P.J., Law, C., Reed., S., Aruna, S., Johnsey, E. & Hall, S. (2016) Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm: Evaluating the efficacy of a help-line from a service user and help-line worker perspective. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. 37, 353-360.
6. 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.
7. 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, 19 (2): 201-218.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Holley, J., Crone, D., Tyson, P. & Lovell, G. (2011) The Effects of Physical Activity on Psychological Well-Being for those with Schizophrenia: A Systematic Review, British Journal of Clinical Psychology 50 (1), 84-105.
12. Tyson, P.J., Wilson, K., Brailsford, R. & Laws. K (2010) Physical Activity and Mental Health in Students. Journal of Mental Health, 19, (6), 492-499.
13. Biggs, D., Hovey, N., Tyson, P. & Macdonald, S (2010) Employer and employment agency attitudes towards employing individuals with mental health needs. Journal of Mental Health, 19 (6), 505-516.
14. Crone, D., Tyson, P. & Holley, J. (2010) Improving health, well-being and cognition in schizophrenia: making the case for physical activity. Journal of Public Mental Health, 9 (2), 32-35.
15. Tyson, P.J., Laws, K.R., Flowers, K.A., Mortimer, A.M. & Schulz, J. (2008) Attention and executive function in people with schizophrenia; relationship with social skills and quality of life. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice 12, 120-119.
16. Laws, K.R., Patel, D. & Tyson, P.J (2008) Awareness of Everyday Executive Difficulties Precede Overt Executive Dysfunction in Schizotypal Subjects. Psychiatry Research, 160, 8-14.
17. Guaiana G., Tyson, P.J., Roberts, K.H. & Mortimer, A.M. (2007) Negative symptoms predict social functioning among patients with schizophrenia., Swiss Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 158, 25-31.
18. Tyson, P.J., Laws, K.H. Flowers, K.A., Tyson, A. & Mortimer, A.M. (2006) Cognitive function and social abilities in patients with schizophrenia: relationship with atypical antipsychotics. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 60, 473-479.
19. Tyson, P.J., Laws, K.H., Roberts, K.H. & Mortimer, A.M. (2005) An analysis of the stability of memory dysfunction in schizophrenia . Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 27, 718-734.
20. Tyson, P.J., Laws, K.H., Roberts, K.H. & Mortimer, A.M. (2004) Stability of set-shifting and planning abilities in patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 129, 229- 239.
21. Guaiana, G., Tyson, P.J. & Mortimer, A.M. (2004) The Rivermead Behavioural Memory test predicts social functioning among patients treated with Clozapine. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 8, 245 – 249.
22. Tyson, P.J., Roberts, K.H. & Mortimer, A.M. (2004) Are the cognitive effects of the atypical antipsychotics influenced by their affinity to 5HT-2A receptors? International Journal of Neuroscience,114, 747-765.
23. Mortimer, A.M., Martin, M., Wheeler-Vega, J.A., Tyson, P.J. (2003) Conventional antipsychotic prescription in unipolar depression 2: Withdrawing conventional antipsychotics in unipolar, non-psychotic patients. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 64 (6), 668-672.
24. Wheeler – Vega, J.A., Mortimer, A.M., Tyson, P.J. (2003) Conventional antipsychotic prescription in unipolar depression, 1: An audit and recommendations for practice Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 64 (5), 568-574.
25. Ayton, A., Morris, A.G., Tyson, P.J., Hunt, D., Mortimer, A.M. & Cottrell, D. (2002) Early development and unstable genes in schizophrenia European Psychiatry, 17, 332-338.
26. Tyson, P.J. Ayton, A., Al Agib, A. Bowie, P., Worall-Davies, A. & Mortimer, A. (2001) A comparison of the service satisfaction and intervention needs of patients with schizophrenia and their relatives. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 5, 263 – 271.
27. Wheeler, J.A., Mortimer, A.M. & Tyson, P.J. (2000) Somatic Treatments in psychotic depression: a review and recommendations for practice. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20 (5), 504 – 519.
28. Zito, I., Morris, A., Tyson, P., Winship, I., Sharp, D., Gilbert, D., Thiselton, D.L., Bhattacharya, S.S. & Harcastle, A.J. (2000) Sequence Variation within the RPGR Gene; Evidence for a Founder Complex Allele. Human Mutation, 16 (3): 273-4.
29. Tyson, P.J., Mortimer, A.M, & Wheeler, J.A. (1999) High dose antipsychotic treatment in clinical practice, a review, audit and survey of consultant psychiatrist’s opinions. Psychiatric Bulletin, 23, 661-664.


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


Expertise or Interest

Mental health, neuropsychology, critical psychology.

Grants Awarded

• 2018 to 2020 – £7,590 from Gloucestershire County Council to conduct an evaluation of a Schools Based Mental Health Awareness, MENTalk 2, programme run by Cheltenham Town Community Trust.

• 2018 – £4, 992 from Gloucestershire County Council to conduct an evaluation of a Schools Based Mental Health Awareness, GIRLTalk 2, programme run by Cheltenham Town Community Trust.

• 2017 – £5, 066 from Gloucestershire County Council to conduct an evaluation of a Schools Based Mental Health Awareness programme, GIRLTalk, run by Cheltenham Town Community Trust.

• 2012 – £3, 500 from Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust to conduct an evaluation of the MENTalk program which is aimed at promoting mental health awareness in young men.

• 2011 – £2, 500 from the University of Wales, Newport to look at the effects of peer tutoring in statistics

• 2011 – £4, 500 from 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.

• 2008 – £5, 875 from Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust to conduct a study investigating the needs and service satisfaction of carer’s of individuals with an acquired brain injury.

• 2002 – £38, 455 from Eli Lilly & Co. This funding was for a study considering how medication used in schizophrenia influenced social and cognitive function


• PhD. 2 Completions (attentional bias in individuals with a fear of spiders / psycho-education in dual diagnosis) and 2 in process (personal development in teaching / the role of professional sports clubs in enhancing mental health)

• MSc by Research. 2 completions (the role of supported housing in community reintegration / the effects of physical activity on mental health, cognition and psychological well-being in schizophrenia).

Degree Examiner Appointments

Two MSc examinations and two PhD examinations.

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