Professor Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards studio profile

As Pro Vice Chancellor, International Development, Professor Mark Edwards leads on the University's integrated International Strategy and drives our growth with international markets and partnerships. Mark is also leading the development of York St John's online learning portfolio.

Mark joined York St John University in January 2017, as the Foundation Head of School of Psychological & Social Sciences. Prior to that, he was the Head of the School of Psychology at Bond University, in Australia, from 2005-2016. 

His academic discipline is Psychological Science, and he's widely published on factors affecting the relationship between anxiety and cognition, and on the neuropsychological correlates of substance use and abuse. He completed his undergraduate, honours and PhD degrees at the University of Queensland, in Australia. 

Alongside this, Mark has considerable experience of international education, particularly in China, India, and South East Asia.


Further Information

Research

Cognition and emotion. 

Anxiety, memory and attention. 

Neurocognitive and behavioural predictors of substance use and abuse. 

Publications

Lyvers, M., Davis, S., Edwards, M.S., & Thorberg, F.A. (in press). Alexithymia, Attachment and Fear of Intimacy in Young Adults. IAFOR Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences,

Lyvers, M., Bremner, M., Edwards, M. S., & Thorberg, F. (2017). Rash impulsiveness and negative mood, but not alexithymia or reward sensitivity, differentiate young to middle-aged chronic daily smokers from never-smokers. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs,

Lyvers, M., McCann, K., Coundouris, Edwards, M. S., & Thorberg, F. (in press). The externally oriented thinking facet of alexithymia in relation to alcohol consumption, facial emotion recognition, and emotional empathy, American Journal of Psychology,

Lyvers, M., Coundouris, S., Edwards, M.S., & Thorberg, F.A. (in press). Personality, Drinking Motives and Risky Alcohol Use. Addiction Research & Theory,

Langston, S., Edwards, M. S., Lyvers, M., & Stapleton, P. (in press). The self-regulatory model of illness and adjustment outcomes in Hepatitis C. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice,

Langston, S. A., Edwards, M. S., & Lyvers. M., (in press). Illness perceptions, coping, benefit finding, and adjustment in individuals with Hepatitis C. Australian Psychologist,

Lyvers, M., Stafford, K., Edwards, M. S., & Thorberg, F. (2017). Alexithymia and Caffeine: The Role of Caffeine Expectancies and Craving. Journal of Substance Abuse, 22 (3), 265-273.

Edwards, M. S., Edwards, E. J., & Lyvers, M. (2017). Cognitive trait anxiety, stress and effort interact to predict inhibitory control. Cognition & Emotion, 31 (4), 671-686.

Lyvers, M., Kholsdorf, S., Edwards, M. S., & Thorberg, F. A. (2017). Alexithymia and mood: Recognition of emotion in self and others. American Journal of Psychology, 130 (1), 83-92.

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S. & Lyvers. M. (2016). Individual differences in trait anxiety and goal commitment predict updating efficiency on the reading span task. Motivation and Emotion, 40, 136-945.

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S. & Lyvers. M. (2016). Inter-relationships between trait anxiety, situational stress and mental effort predict phonological efficiency, but not effectiveness. Emotion, 16 (5), 634-646.

Langston, S. A., Edwards, M. S., Lyvers. M. & Stapleton, P. (2016). Illness perceptions and treatment outcomes in Hepatitis C. New Zealand Journal of Psychology,45 (2), 22-28.

Lyvers, M., Karantonis, J., Edwards, M. S., Thorberg, F. (2016). Traits associated with internet addiction in young adults: Potential Risk Factors. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 3, 56-60.

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S. & Lyvers. M. (2015). Cognitive trait anxiety, situational stress and mental effort predict shifting efficiency: Implications for attentional control theory. Emotion, 15 (3), 350-359.

Lyvers, M., Hinton, R., Edwards, M.S., & Thorberg, F.A. (2015). Mood, alexithymia, dispositional mindfulness, sensitivity to reward and punishment, frontal systems functioning and impulsivity in clients undergoing treatment for substance use disorders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 146, e188-e189.

Lyvers, M., Basch, V., Duff, H., & Edwards, M.S. (2015). Trait impulsivity predicts D-KEFS tower test performance in university students. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 22 (2), 88-93.

Edwards, M. S., Moore, P., Champion, J. C., & Edwards, E. J. (2015). Effects of trait anxiety and situational stress on attentional shifting are buffered by working memory capacity. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 28 (1), 1-16.

Lyvers, M., Mathieson, N., & Edwards, M. S. (2015). Blood alcohol concentration is negatively associated with gambling money won on the Iowa gambling task in naturalistic settings after controlling for trait impulsivity and alcohol tolerance. Addictive Behaviors, 41, 129-135.

Edwards, M. S. (2014). Attentional biases in processing emotional facial expressions: Effects of state anxiety, trait anxiety and awareness. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 6 (4), 41. 

Lyvers, M., Hinton, R., Gotsis, S., Roddy, M., Edwards, M. S. Thorberg, F. A. (2014). Traits linked to executive and reward systems functioning in clients undergoing residential treatment for substance dependence. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 194-199.

Lyvers. M., Carlopio, C., Bothma, V., & Edwards, M. S. (2014). Mood, mood regulation, and frontal systems functioning in current smokers, long-term abstinent ex-smokers and never-smokers. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 46 (2), 133-139.

Lyvers. M., Carlopio, C., Bothma, V., & Edwards, M. S. (2013). Mood, mood regulation expectancies and frontal systems functioning in current smokers versus never-smokers in China and Australia. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2741-2750.

Lyvers, M., Duff, H., Basch, V., & Edwards, M. S. (2012). Rash impulsiveness and reward sensitivity in relation to risky drinking by university students: Potential roles of frontal systems. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 940-946.

Edwards, M. S., Burt, J. S., & Lipp, O.V. (2010). Selective Attention for Masked and Unmasked Emotionally Toned Stimulus Information: Effects of Trait Anxiety, State Anxiety and Test Order. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 325-343.

Edwards, M. S., Burt, J. S., & Lipp, O. V. (2010). Selective attention for masked and unmasked threatening words in anxiety: Effects of trait anxiety, state anxiety and awareness. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 210-218.

Purkis, H. M., Lipp, O. V., Edwards, M. S., & Barnes, R. (2009). An increase in stimulus arousal has differential effects on the processing speed of pleasant and unpleasant stimuli. Motivation and Emotion, 33, 353-361.

Lee, S., Lyvers, M., & Edwards, M. S. (2008). Childhood sexual abuse and substance abuse in relation to depression and coping. Journal of Substance Use, 13, 349-360.

Campbell, J. M., Edwards, M. S., Horswill, M. S., & Helman, S. M. (2007). Effects of contextual cues in recall and recognition memory: The misinformation effect reconsidered. British Journal of Psychology, 98, 485–498.

Edwards, M. S., Burt, J. S., & Lipp, O. V. (2006). Selective processing of masked and unmasked verbal threat material in anxiety: Influence of an immediate acute stressor. Cognition & Emotion, 20, 812-835.

Edwards, M. S., Burt, J. S., & Lipp, O. V. (2003). Selective attention for threatening information in anxious mood states. In Australian Journal of Psychology (Vol. 55, No. Supplement, pp. S78-S78). Taylor and Francis.

Lipp, O. V., & Edwards, M. S. (2002). Effects of instructed extinction on verbal and autonomic indices of Pavlovian learning with fear-relevant and fear-irrelevant conditional stimuli. Journal of Psychophysiology, 16,176-186.

 

Under Review

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S. & Lyvers. M. (under review). Motivation moderates the relationship between situational stress and threat inhibitory efficiency.

Langston, S., Edwards, M. S., Stapleton, P., & Lyvers, M. (under review). Illness perceptions and adjustment outcomes in Hepatitis C.

Lyvers, M., Jones, V., Edwards, M. S., Wood, K., & Thorberg, F. (under review). Personality and neurocognitive traits associated with treatment retention in a therapeutic community for substance dependence.

Champion, J. C., Edwards, M. S., & Lyvers, M. (under review). Orienting responses for motivationally significant pictures during passive viewing.

Edwards, E. J., Panettiere, I., Edwards, M. S., & Lyvers, M. (under review). Untangling the influence of anxiety, depression and cancer worry on attentional control in female cancer survivors.

Lyvers, M., Davis, S., Edwards, M. S., & Thorberg, F. A. (under review). Alexithymia, fear of intimacy and attachment in young adults.

Brugneraa, A., Zarboa, C., Comparea, A., Edwards, E. J., & Edwards, M. S. (under review). Assessing psychological stress using a short scale: Italian validation of the Stress Rating Questionnaire (SRQ).

Conferences

Edwards, M. S, Edwards, E. J., & Needham, K. Decisions under pressure: Relationship between trait anxiety and situation stress on performance of an analogical reasoning task. Paper presented at the 34nd Annual British Psychology Society Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, Newcastle, UK, 30 August – 1 September, 2017.

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S, & Lyvers, M. Effort buffers memory shortfalls in anxious individuals. Paper presented at the 34nd Annual British Psychology Society Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, Newcastle, UK, 30 August – 1 September, 2017.

Needham, K., Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S, & Lyvers, M. Trait anxiety and situation stress interact to predict planning efficiency on the Tower of London task. Paper presented at the 34nd Annual British Psychology Society Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, Newcastle, UK, 30 August – 1 September, 2017.

Bradnam, J., Edwards, M. S., & Watt, B. Investigating texting behaviours as predictors of relationship quality. Paper presented at the International Conference on Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, Paris, France, 18-19, April, 2017.

Bradnam, J., Edwards, M. S., & Watt, B. Mobile communication technologies, romantic attachment and relationship quality: An exploration of partner attunement. Paper presented at the International Conference on Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, Paris, France, 18-19, April, 2017.

Lyvers, M., McCann, K., Edwards, M. S., & Thorberg, F. Alexithymia, problematic alcohol consumption and deficient facial recognition of emotions. Paper presented at the 170th American Psychological Society, San Diego, California, USA, 20-24, May, 2017.

Edwards, M. S., Edwards, E. J., & Lyvers, M. L. Motivation moderates the relationship between situational stress and inhibitory efficiency in the presence of threat. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual British Psychology Society Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, Kent, UK, 1-3 September, 2015.

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S., & Lyvers, M. L. Cognitive trait anxiety and updating efficiency: Motivation buffers performance on a reading span task. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual British Psychology Society Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, Kent, UK, 1-3 September, 2015.

Lyvers, M., Almagro, A-L., Gartner, J., Jones, V., & Edwards, M. S., Thorberg, F. Treatment retention in a therapeutic community for substance dependence: The influence of frontal lobe related traits. Paper presented at the 27th APS Annual Convention, New York, NY, USA, 21-24 May, 2015.

Edwards, M. S, Edwards, E. J., & Lyvers, M. Cognitive trait anxiety, situational stress and mental effort predict shifting efficiency: Implications for attentional control theory. Paper presented at the 31st Annual British Psychology Society Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, Nottingham, UK, 3-5 September, 2014.

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S., & Lyvers, M. Contributions of trait anxiety and situational stress on backward word span efficiency are moderated by mental effort. Paper presented at the 31st Annual British Psychology Society Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, Nottingham, UK, 3-5 September, 2014.

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S., & Lyvers, M. Contributions of trait anxiety, situational stress and mental effort on working memory performance. Paper presented at the 49th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Hobart, Australia, 30 September – 3 October, 2014.

Bradnam, J. & Edwards, M. S. Texting, Adult attachment and relationship satisfaction: Exploring text messaging as a tool for enhancing intimacy. Paper presented at International Association for Relationship Research Conference (IARR), Melbourne, Australia, July 10-13, 2014.

Edwards, E. J., Edwards, M. S., Lyvers, M., & Samios, C. Effects of trait anxiety and situational stress on backward word span efficiency are buffered by mental effort. Paper presented at the Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Brisbane, Australia, April 23-26, 2014.

Champion, J., Edwards, M. S., & Lyvers, M. The effects of stimulus valence and arousal on early attentional processes. Paper presented at the Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Brisbane, Australia, April 23-26, 2014.

Champion, J., Edwards, M. S., & Lyvers, M. Physiological orienting during passive picture viewing: The role of stimulus valence and arousal. Paper presented at the Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Brisbane, Australia, April 23-26, 2014.

Lyvers, M, Carlopio, C., Bothma, V., & Edwards, M. S. Smoking related psychopathology across cultures. Presented at the 34th Interamerican Congress of Psychology, Brasilia, Brazil, 15-19 July, 2013.

Lyvers, M, Carlopio, C., Bothma, V., & Edwards, M. S. Smoking related psychopathology across cultures. Presented at the 75th Congress on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Diego, CA, 15-20 June, 2013.

Lyvers, M., Tobias-Webb, J. & Edwards, M. S. Neuropsychological correlates of risky alcohol use by young adults. Paper presented at the 30th International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa, 22-27 July, 2012.

Lyvers, M., Tobias-Webb, J., & Edwards, M. Neuropsychological correlates of risky alcohol use by young adults. Presented at the 74th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Congress on Problems of Drug Dependence, Palm Springs CA, 11 June 2012.

Lyvers, M., Tobias-Webb, J., & Edwards, M. Neuropsychological and personality correlates of risky alcohol use by young adults. Presented at the Asian Conference on Social Sciences, Osaka Japan, 4 May 2012.

Scott, E. J. & Edwards M. S. Effects of anxiety on working memory. Paper presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology 2010 (ICAP 2010), Melbourne, Australia, 11 – 16 July, 2010.

Scott, E. J. & Edwards M. S. Anxiety and working memory: Some new light on the processing efficiency theory. Poster presented at the 44th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Darwin, Australia, 30 September – 4 October, 2009.

Basch, V. & Edwards M. S. The effects of trait and state anxiety on prospective memory. Paper presented at the 7th Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Gold Coast, Australia, 27-29 November, 2008.

Majtyka, K & Edwards, M. S. Effects of trait anxiety, state anxiety, mode of exposure and priming on selective attention for threat. Paper presented at the 25th Anniversary Annual British Psychological Society Conference, Southampton, UK, 7-10 September, 2008.

Edwards, M.S. Selective attention for verbal and pictorial threat in anxiety. Psychonomic Seminar Series; School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia, October 31, 2003.

Edwards, M. S., Burt, J. S., & Lipp, O. V. Selective attention for threatening information in anxious mood states. Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference; University of Western Sydney, Australia, April 25-27, 2003.

Edwards, M.S. Attentional biases for threatening words in anxiety: Effects of an immediate acute stressor on trait anxiety, awareness and item specificity. Psychonomic seminar series; School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia, October 26, 2001.

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