Dr Laura Rees-Davies

Lecturer in Psychology

Academics

Contact Details

email: l.reesdavies@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542965

Laura is a registered Coaching Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She has recently joined the University of Worcester as a Lecturer in Psychology. Laura previously taught at University of South Wales for eight years and was responsible for teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Laura has successfully supervised 20 psychology final year project students to completion. Laura specialises in Coaching Psychology and continues to work with clients. Therefore she is able to draw upon her experience when teaching, and enjoys using real-world examples. Laura particular enjoys research-led teaching, and using innovative technology and teaching methods. Laura is also the Chair Elect for the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) of the BPS.

Qualifications

PhD Applied Psychology (University of South Wales, 2016)
Institute of Leadership and Management Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring (University of South Wales, 2018)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2006)

Teaching & Research

Teaching

Coaching Psychology
Introduction to Psychology
Social and Developmental Psychology
Psychology Research Project
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Qualitative Research Methods
Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Research

Lauras research interests currently focus on applied psychological interventions. Lauras doctoral research explored the patient experience of treatment for anorexia nervosa through the lens of the Self-Determination Theory, and the development of a media intervention to increase self-efficacy of nurses to detect, assess and refer patients with anorexia nervosa. She has recently developed, implemented and evaluated a pilot peer mentoring intervention for undergraduate students.

Previously Laura has held research roles at Cardiff University, University of South Wales and Swansea University. Using a mixed-methods approach over a number of projects, she investigated the use of play and ICT in the foundation phase and Key Stage 2. She used qualitative methods to explore medical students explanations of professionalism dilemma situations. She has interviewed undergraduate students regarding alcohol use and risk-taking behaviours.

She is presently collaborating with colleagues to explore barriers to using Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is also undertaking a systematic review exploring pets and domestic violence, and the use of coaching in dance.

Professional Bodies

Registered Coaching Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist, member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DART-P) and Chair Elect of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Publications

Rees-Davies, L.N. Scott, H. (2018). Evaluation of a pilot peer-mentoring intervention for first year undergraduate students. Presented at the University of Worcester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 14th June, 2018.

Rees-Davies, L.N., Scott, H., Abbott, J., Easton, K. (2018). The role of peer mentoring during student transition to higher education: a literature review. Presented at the Division of Academics, Teachers and Researchers in Psychology Conference, Birmingham, 7th June, 2018.

Howard, J., Miles, G. E., Rees-Davies, L., & Bertenshaw, E. J. (2017). Play in Middle Childhood: Everyday Play Behaviour and Associated Emotions. Children & Society. DOI: 10.1111/chso.12208 (currently online, volume number and pages not yet available).

Rees-Davies, L.N., Solowiej, K. (2017). Helping your client achieve their goal: Psychological Frameworks for Change. Presented at the 4th Annual Wales Coaching Conference: Challenging Limitations, 16th March, 2017.

Howard, J. L., Miles, G. E., & Rees-Davies, L. (2012). Computer use within a play-based Early Years curriculum. International Journal of Early Years Education, 20(2), 175-189.

Rees-Davies, L.N., John, B., Limbert, C. (2011). The Effects of the Therapeutic Relationship during Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa: The Patient Perspective. Presented at the European Health Psychology Conference. 20-24th September, 2011. Hersonissos, Crete.

Rees-Davies, L.N., John, B., Faulkner, S. (2011). Development of a Health Education Campaign for Healthcare Professionals of Patients with Anorexia Nervosa. Presented at the European Health Psychology Conference. 20-24th September, 2011. Hersonissos, Crete.

Rees-Davies, L.N., Limbert, C., John, B. (2011). Giving a voice to Service Users with Anorexia in Wales: Recommendations for Policy and Practice. Presented at the European Health Psychology Conference. 20-24th September, 2011. Hersonissos, Crete.

Prior, A.L., Limbert, C., Rees-Davies, L.N., Woodwards, D., Hoefkens, A. (2011). Investigation into Telephone Helplines for People with Anorexia Nervosa. Presented at the European Health Psychology Conference. 20-24th September, 2011. Hersonissos, Crete.

Rees-Davies, L.N., John, B., Limbert, C. (2011). The Effects of the Therapeutic Relationship during Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa: The Patient Perspective. Presented at the Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. 14th-16th September, 2011. University of Southampton, UK.

Rees-Davies, L.N., Limbert, C., John, B., Woodward, D., Hoefkens, T. (2010). Eat three meals a day and youll be fine: Healthcare professionals knowledge of Anorexia Nervosa. Presented at the Eating Disorders International Conference. 11th-13th March, 2010. London, UK.

Monrouxe, L.V., Rees, C.E., Rees-Davies, L., Sweeney, K. (2009). Come here. I want you to feel a normal rectum. Do it.: medical students explanations of their behaviours during consent dilemmas involving intimate examinations. Presented at the ABSAME 39th Annual Meeting. 7th-10th October 2009, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Rees, C.E., Monrouxe, L.V., Rees-Davies, L. (2009). He couldnt move his legs ha ha ha ha ha: The function of laughter in medical students accounts of professionalism dilemmas. Presented at the ASME Annual Scientific Meeting 2009, 15-17th July, The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, UK.

Monrouxe, L.V., Rees, C.E., Rees-Davies, L. Sweeney, K. (2009). Oh Id better wash my hands because youre there: effects of medical students acts of resistance during medical workplace learning encounters. Presented at the ASME Annual Scientific Meeting 2009, 15-17th July, The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, UK.

Rees-Davies, L., Knight, L.V., Rees C.E. (2008). It doesnt matter if you kill the patients ha ha: Medical students explanations of behaviour of professional dilemma situations during overseas electives. Presented at Quality Counts: Developing Theory and Practice in Medical Education Research, 18th November 2008, Cardiff University, UK.

Rees-Davies, L.N., Watt, A. (2006). Teacher knowledge of mental health in the classroom: A need for teacher education. Presented at the British Psychological Society Conference, June, 2006. Cardiff, UK.

Reports

Rees-Davies, L.N., Limbert, C. (2011). Co-ordination of Anorexia Nervosa in Wales: The patients perspective. A report to the All Wales Eating Disorder Special Interest Group, Wales, UK, and the Welsh NHS Healthcare Service.

Howard, J., Miles, G., Rees-Davies, L.N. (2010). Integrating ICT within Play Based Curricula in the Early Years. A report to CfBT Education Trust, UK.

Monrouxe, L.V., Neve, H., Rees, C.E., Sweeney, K. Rees-Davies, L. (2009). Medical students explanations of professionalism dilemmas experienced whilst overseas: Who do I think I am? A preliminary report for the Tomorrows Doctors consultation in the UK. Presented to the General Medical Council, London.

External Responsibilities

Chair Elect of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) in the British Psychological Society (BPS)
External Examiner for Cardiff Metropolitan University
Peer Reviewer for The Coaching Psychologist and International Journal of Early Years Education
Registered Coaching Psychologist (private practice)