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Research interests

Rosie is passionate about collaboratively working towards social justice for disadvantaged populations, using a strengths-based, interdisicplinary approach. In her PhD, reducing disciplinary school exclusion for all pupils, but especially for pupils who are the most vulnerable, is Rosie's current goal. Being part of the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice has encouraged Rosie to use systems-based, transformative methodologies in her work, in order to tackle complex health and social inequalities such as discplinary school exclusion. Through her PhD, Rosie is also exploring her interest in improving disadvantaged young people's mental health.

Scholarly biography

For her Bachelor's degree Rosie studied Psychology at the University of Glasgow, in which she recieved Honours of the First Class. After finishing her first degree, Rosie further explored her interest in mental health, by studying Global Mental Health at Master's level, at the same university. Global Mental Health expanded Rosie's cultural awareness in the area of mental health, and lead her to form a more critical understanding of the Western-world's medicalisation of distress. For her Master's research project, Rosie qualitatively explored the role of cultural stress on the mental health of second generation immigrant children and young people, who were Looked After by the local government. During her time working on this project, the issue of resilience, and the importance of school for vulnerable children and young people became an interest that Rosie wanted to further explore.

Rosie is currently a PhD student in the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, at the University of Brighton. Her PhD spans public mental health, educational psychology and developmental psychology. She is exploring if a whole-school, resilience based intervention (HeadStart Blackpool's Academic Resilience Apporach) can decrease the prevelance of disicplinary school exclusion. In order to do this, Rosie is taking a dynamic systems-orientated perspective and will explore mechanisms and pathways at the pupil level (pupil mental health), staff level (staff wellbeing, inclusive practices, attendance, resilience and perceptions of school climate) and the school level (school behaviour policy).

When Rosie isn't working on her PhD, she is helping prepare both internal and external reports and handling data as part of HeadStart Blackpool's Research and Evaluation Team.

Approach to teaching

Rosie is working towards attaining a HEA Fellowship (FHEA). She is a guest lecturer at the University of Brighton for undergraduate first year Public Health students. Her lecture focuses on preparing for and planning a health needs assessment; she uses practical knowledge from working in HeadStart as well as multi-disciplinary theory to deliver this session.

Knowledge exchange

Rosie leads the organisation of interdisciplinary Resilience Forums in Blackpool, UK. Resilience Forums occur bi-monthly and are a democratic space that encourage the sharing of good practice and respectful debate among a wide variety of people. Attendees and speakers in the past have included social workers, people with lived experiance of mental health issues, local organisations, parents and carers, young people, school staff, academics, and more. These knowledge-exchange events are a collaboration between the University of Brighton, Boingboing Research Enterprise and HeadStart Blackpool.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Glasgow

Master, University of Glasgow

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