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Research interests


Dr May’s research is primarily focused on communication interventions for individuals with intellectual disabilities, derived stimulus relations, verbal behaviour, and addictions. He has authored numerous papers on topics related to language intervention and derived relational responding in journals such as the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behaviour Analyst, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Perspectives on Behavior Science and regularly presents his research findings at both national and international conferences. 


Students (PhD)

Sophie Bradbury (current) : Investigating the Efficacy of Interventions Targeting Functional Speech for Minimally Verbal Learners with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (with Dr Dan Bowers)

Harriet Hughes (current)  Screening and intervention for individuals with Alcohol Related Brain Damage (with Prof Gareth Roderique-Davies and Prof Bev John)

Victoria Markham (2020): Evaluating Barriers to Skill Acquisition for Children with Language Delays Receiving Behaviour Analytic Instruction: An Experimental Analysis (with Dr Gareth Roderique-Davies and Dr Jenn Austin)

Emily Groves (2019): Extending Validation and Application of the Good Behaviour Game to Home and School Settings (with Dr Jenn Austin and Prof David Shearer)

Teaching interests


Dr May currently holds the post of Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of South Wales. He teaches and provides supervision to students enrolled on the BSc Psychology, MSc Clincal Psychology and the MSc Behaviour Analysis and Therapy awards. In addition he provides practicum supervision to students undertaking the Post Graduate Diploma in Behaviour Analysis Supervised Practice award. Dr May obtained his PhD on the topic of derived relational responding and verbal behaviour analysis at Swansea University under the guidance of Dr Simon Dymond.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Swansea University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Behaviour Analysis, MSc, Swansea University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

Behaviour Analysis, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D)


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