Welsh Branch



Paul Hutchings

Dr. Paul B. Hutchings Chair of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society, taking on this role in November 2015. Prior to this he served on the committee in several roles, including Chair Elect and treasurer.

Paul is an experimental social psychologist and is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He works as the Director of Studies at University of Wales Trinity Saint David where he teaches on the BSc Psychology and MSc Applied Social and Health Psychology courses. His primary research interests are in the fields of prejudice and discrimination, attitudes to racial and cultural in-groups and out-groups, and the application of psychology to societal issues.

One of Paul’s main interests outside of his research is the communication of psychological science to the general public. He has worked as a STEM Ambassador taking psychological science into schools, and has given talks in the community such as at TEDx Swansea to generate debate and engagement beyond an academic setting. 

Past Chair:

Mary Clare O`Connell


Chris Lewis

Professor Christopher Alan Lewis

Chris is Professor of Psychology and also the Director of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre at Glyndŵr University (Wrexham, Wales). He has previously served as Dean of Faculty of the Institute of Health, Medical Sciences and Society and also the Director of the Graduate School. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Bashkir State University (Ufa, Russia). He previously worked at the University of Ulster (London/Derry, Northern Ireland) for 25 years.

Qualifications: He holds degrees in Psychology (BSc, MPhil, DPhil) and Education (MSc, MEd) from the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), and also Religious Studies (MA) from Bangor University (Wales). He is a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland (FPsSI), the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), the College of Teachers (FCollT), and the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH). He is a Chartered Health Psychologist (CPsychol), and a Chartered Scientist of the British Psychological Society (CSci), and a Registered Psychologist (Reg Psychol) of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Research: His research interests include: “Psychology of religion” and “Psychology of peace, conflict, and violence”. Recent books include “Aspects of terrorism and martyrdom: Dying for good, dying for God” and “Ireland: Economic, political and social issues”. Recent articles include “The association between church attendance and psychological health in Northern Ireland” and “The stress and trauma of school victimization in Ireland”. He is currently working on two large school projects with colleagues in Bashkir State University: “Young people and religious diversity in Bashkortostan” (funded by the Russian Science Foundation) and “Religion and Human Rights: Bashkortostan” (a 30 nation study). He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and edited 17 books and journal special issues. He is founding Co-Editor of the journal Mental Health, Religion & Culture since its inception in 1998. It is published ten times a year. He was formerly Editor of the Irish Journal of Psychology and formerly Consulting Editor of the Journal of Social Psychology. He serves on the Editorial of the Journal of Beliefs and Values.

Teaching: He primarily teaches on the MSc Psychology of Religion and the MSc Teaching of Psychology courses (both by-distance learning), as well as the BSc (Hons) Psychology at Glyndŵr University. He supervises PhD students and Professional Doctorate students. He has examined 45 PhDs and has successfully supervised 17 PhDs to completion.

Professional activity: His has served previously on committees of the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland, and on an Executive Board Member of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion. Moreover, he has also served on the General Assembly of the European Federation of Professional Psychologists Associations (EFPA) and the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS). He is currently a Committee Member of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychology Society and serves as Secretary. 


Micheala Lawes

 Committee members:

Wynford Bellin

Carolien Lamers (DCP Wales Rep) 

Carolien Lamers trained in the Netherlands as Social Gerontologist and has been working as a clinical psychologist with older people in the UK since 1990. She works for the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board as a clinical psycholgist 2 days a week and is the admissions tutor for the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme (http://nwcpp.bangor.ac.uk) for the remainder of the week. Carolien has been the chair for DCP WALES from 2007 till 2009.

 Rhian Worth

Dr Rhian Worth is a research assistant and associate lecturer. Rhian graduated from Swansea University with a BSc in Psychology in 2006. She then completed her Masters in Research Methods, also at Swansea University in 2007. Rhian then completed her PhD in Psychology at Swansea University. Rhian is a member of the BPS and the BPS Cognitive Section. Her research focuses on memory, actions and bilingualism. Rhian is a fluent bilingual speaker Rhian and is also involved in work related to Psychology through the medium of Welsh.

 Ffion Llewel

I joined the committee in September 2015 and have an interest in Clinical Psychology. Since graduating with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham I have gained clinical experience working as an Assistant Psychologist. My first role was an Honorary Assistant post within the Neuropsychology department in a neurorehabilitation unit in Cardiff. Currently I am working as an Assistant Psychologist in Haverfordwest within Older Adult Mental Health. I am hoping to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology with the eventual aim of becoming a Neuropsychologist. Being a fluent Welsh speaker I am proud to promote the language in the workplace and within the BPS Welsh Branch.

Gareth Norris

Helen Morgan

Stephanie Parks

Franziska Kreutner

Franziska Kreutner is an undergraduate student in Psychology at Bangor University in her final year. Since finishing high school in Germany, she has worked in various full-time, part-time and summer jobs. These included roles such as research assistant, public speaking mentor, learning advisor and health care worker for adults with chronic mental illness. She volunteers at the local hospital's psychiatric ward once a week and organises monthly activity sessions for a group of individuals recovering from substance misuse.

Franziska's specific interests lie in bilingualism (which is part of her dissertation topic) and adult mental health, with the latter also inspiring her career plans. She is hoping to eventually become a chartered clinical psychologist and is looking forward to the journey there. She has been an appointed member of the BPS Welsh Branch committee since the beginning of 2015 and has since then been part of a local team setting up an active North Wales regional hub which will organise scientific meetings, lectures, workshops and more for the BPS Welsh Branch.

Sally Baker

Eva Lee

Eva is a second year undergraduate student currently studying Health & Clinical psychology BSc at Bangor University. She is also a BPS sub committee member and representative of the Welsh Branch since 2015. Eva’s interest of study also includes interest in forensic psychology, the psychological effects child obesity, and narcissism on social media, the relationship, prejudice and discrimination against obese individuals. 

Alice Sibley

Alice Sibley is currently in her second year as an undergraduate at Bangor University studying a BSc in Psychology. She is a BPS committee member, sub-committee member and a BPS student representative. She volunteers weekly at the local psychiatric hospital, Hergest to work with the clinical and occupational therapists. She also writes psychology related articles four times a year for the university psychology newspaper, Pyshcnews. Her interests lie in the psychology of terrorism, post-traumatic stress disorder, forensic psychology, the psychology of religion, false memories and flashbulb memories. 

 Society Rep (DCoPW)                    Nicola Massie

Society Rep (DCP Wales)              Jessica Davies

Society Rep (DHP)                         Paul Bennett

Society Rep (DFP)                          Siriol David

PsyPAG Rep                                   Gareth Richards

I am a PhD Student/Research Assistant in the Centre for Occupational & Health Psychology at Cardiff University.  As the Welsh Branch Representative of the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG), I also hold a position as a Committee Member of the BPS Welsh Branch.  After graduating from a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at Swansea University, I began studying the effects of caffeinated energy drinks on children, adolescents, and young adults.  In particular my PhD thesis has investigated associations between energy drink use and mental health, academic attainment, and problem behaviour.