Dr Rhiannon Edwards

Lecturer in Psychology


Rhiannon joined the Department of Psychology in April 2018, and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate modules. At undergraduate level, Rhiannon teaches on the core modules in Research Methods and Statistics. On the MSc in Health Psychology she teaches Context and Communication in Health Psychology, and Advanced Quantitative Methods. She also supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Rhiannon’s research connections are with the Centre for Health and Relationships; her primary area of research is in physical pain, particularly the social context that contributes to pain expression. Rhiannon utilises a mixed methods approach and draws upon expertise in laboratory-based data collection, quantitative data analysis, and qualitative semi-structured interviewing. Rhiannon completed her PhD at the University of Bath, where she looked at the contextual factors that impact on the reporting of pain. This employed an experimental paradigm involving a range of pain induction equipment and manipulations.

Rhiannon’s current research areas:

  • Physical pain in older adults. Within this area, Rhiannon is researching how pain is experienced in older adults, including those experiencing cognitive impairment such as dementia. The complete social network around the individual is considered, enabling many different approaches to data collection. Through this, Rhiannon has close working relationships with local support groups, and residential and care home across the UK.
  • Physical pain in athletes. Here, Rhiannon is working with external collaborators to establish how pain can impact on both single-player and team sports. She is investigating whether there is a difference in pain/injury communication across the support team, and also pain ratings during rehabilitation. One of Rhiannon’s current projects is looking at whether athletes who are receiving financial incentive return to the sport, even though they’re not fully recovered.

Outside of research and teaching, Rhiannon has a passion for dissemination of knowledge through impact and engagement; she can regularly be found at a local school running Researcher for a Day events, workshops, and other engaging activities to promote higher education. In this area, Rhiannon has been particularly successful in receiving grant funding to subsidise the events she puts on with students and colleagues.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Rhiannon:

Email: Rhiannon.edwards@buckingham.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 1280 828335

Twitter: @RhiannonTerri


Grants and Awards

British Pain Society (2016, 2017, 2018). A total of £3000 to attend the Annual Scientific Meetings.

EDF Energy (2017). One of four researchers to work on a grant worth £80,000 to run a health intervention at Hinkley Point C employees over 18 months.

Winner of Trainee Paper Prize Presentation at the British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (2016). Title: Pain communication: is there a difference between strangers, friends and romantic partners?

University of Bath Graduate School Funding for Conference (2016). A grant worth £800 to help with the costs of attending the IASP 16th World Congress in Japan.

University of Bath Department of Psychology Financial Aid (2016). A grant worth £850 to help with funding my attendance at the IASP 16th World Congress in Japan.

International Association for the Study of Pain Financial Aid (2016). A grant worth £750 to cover the cost of the registration fees to attend the IASP 16th World Congress in Japan.

Santander Scholarship and Mobility Award (2014). A grant worth £2000 to fund conferences specific to pain.

University Research Studentship, University of Bath (2013 – 2016). Three years funding for a full-time PhD position including tuition fees, stipend and research allowance. Totalling approximately £60,000.



Edwards, R.T., Gillison, F., Standage, M., Batista Ferrer, H., Proctor, S., & Audrey, S. (submitted). Predicting walking to work from motivation, self-efficacy and habit over 12 months. Preventative Medicine.

Edwards, R. T., Eccleston, C., & Keogh, E. (to be submitted imminently). Competition vs cooperativeness: does context need to be considered further? European journal of Pain.

Edwards, R. T., Eccleston, C., & Keogh, E (2017). Psychosocial factors and their influence on the experience of pain: a response to commentary. PAIN Reports. Doi: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000602

Edwards, R. T., Eccleston, C., & Keogh, E. (2017). Observer influences on pain: an experimental series examining same-sex and opposite-sex friends, strangers, and romantic partners. PAIN. 158(5), 846-855. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000840

Eccleston, C., Tabor, A., Edwards, R. T., & Keogh, E. (2016). Psychological approaches in geriatric pain management. Clinics in Geriatric Pain Management, 32(4), 763-771. doi:10.1016/j.cger.2016.06.004

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