Our research is internationally excellent

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 40% of our research outputs were rated as internationally excellent or internationally recognised.

Psychology at USW has continued to grow in size and reputation since this time, and is now an exciting and vibrant research community of around 35 psychologists.

Leaders in applied research

Psychology’s research groupings reflects the expertise of our staff in applied psychology, and includes health and clinical psychology, social psychology, ageing and developmental disorders, applied cognitive psychology (including Human Factors), therapeutic play and mental health.

Much of our research outputs impact on policy and service development in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and provide evidence based centres of excellence for the wider community through PAWB Wales and The Dyscovery Centre.

The ‘real world’ impact and relevance of our research is evidenced by the following examples:

Research-led teaching

Our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is research led, with a number of staff authoring core text books.

Research strengths in Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Behaviour Analysis and Play Therapy have led to professionally accredited MSc programmes in these subjects. An MSc in Developmental Disorders and M level credit modules have been developed from The Dyscovery Centre’s research and clinical work.