Personal profile

Research interests

I am a social and health psychologist with interests in health and well-being and how identity processes are related to these. My research focuses, firstly, on health behaviour change and, secondly, on reducing inequality in educational settings through interventions known to reduce stereotype threat.

My research interests include:

  • Applying self-affirmation theory as an intervention in health
  • Narrative health information
  • Identity-related process in understanding stereotype threat
  • Applying self-affirmation theory to buffer against stereotype threat
  • Community-led research
  • Health and educational inequality

Approach to teaching

I am module coordinator for Introduction to Applied Psychology, a core module for students on psychology courses at in their first year. I also teach on Introduction to Research Methods, Psychological Research Methods, Contemporary Social Inequalities and the Drinking Cultures option for Critical Analysis. I also supervise final year dissertation students, usually investigating projects exploring health behaviours.

My teaching, therefore, includes the following areas in psychology:

  • Psychological research methodology and analysis
  • Psychology and health
  • Applied psychology
  • Critical analysis

Teaching Awards:

In 2018, I won a University of Brighton Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning (EFEL) Award.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising project that concern the effectiveness of heath communications and theory-based interventions to promote health-enhancing behaviour and well-being. For example, those that focus on using exploring whether psychological interventions, such as self-affirmation, can be used to encourage people to engage in behaviours which benefit their health, different ways of presenting health information, processing of health information, and message framing. Second, I am interested in supervising projects on how we can use psychological interventions to reduce inequalities in educational settings. I am also interested in supervising projects that are exploring the application of psychological theory to how we feel about our homes and residential spaces.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Exploring the effect of narrative health information and the moderating role of systematic processing on the impact of self-affirmation., University of Sussex

Award Date: 28 Apr 2017

Master, Health Psychology, University of Sussex

Award Date: 31 Aug 2011

Bachelor, Psychology, University of Sussex

Award Date: 21 Jul 2010


  • BF Psychology
  • Health Information
  • Behaviour change
  • Identity
  • Stereotype threat
  • Education
  • Open Science
  • Open Research


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