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Research interests

As a specialist of Psychology & Behavioural Medicine, I am interested in the lived experience of illness and how to sustain healthy behaviour. I am particularly interested in aging having conducted research in dementia prevention and diagnosis. I am very interested in how deprivation affects health and health behaviours

My research interests include:

  • prevention, diagnosis, and management of dementia
  • deprivation medicine
  • GP decision-making and behaviour
  • health inequities (including minoritised ethnic groups)
  • coping with chronic illnesses
  • long covid
  • cultural representations of health and wellbeing

 

Approach to teaching

I teach across a range of modules with specialising on applying social psychology theories, health-related behaviours, and qualitative approaches.

I am currently module coordinator for Mood and Anxiety disorders in Children (SS604), an optional module for students on undergraduate psychology courses in their final year.

I also teach on a variety if undergraduate psychology modules including: Developmental Psychology; Psychology and Society; Psychology, Cognition and Social Worlds; Psychology, The Body, and Individial Differences; and Psychology, Mental Health, & Distress.

I have taught psychology and psychological theories on several courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level including: psychology, social sciences, medicine, public health, and the arts (drama/fine arts/literature).

 

Supervisory Interests

I supervise undergraduate psychology students, and postgraduate students across health-related courses.

I am interested in supervising students in any of the following areas:

  • coping and living with illness
  • deprivation and health
  • Health-care professionals behaviour
  • dementia and aging health

Projects might use creative visual methods, qualitative methods, non-experimental quantitative methods, or mixed/multiple methods. I particularly welcome students who are interested in exploring the experience of marginalised or minoritised groups. I am also interested in exploring alternative datasets including photos, narratives, or cultural representations of health and medicine.

I am currently supervising projects on the following:

  • lived experience of covid lockdowns
  • lived experience of long covid
  • understanding symptoms of long covid
  • effect of covid governmental policy on the care workers
  • wellbeing and resilience of women post-Sarah Everard
  • effectiveness of doll therapies for patients with dementia
  • understanding vaccine hesitancy in ethnic minority populations

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Understanding why dementia is underdiagnosed in Primary Care, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Award Date: 30 Jun 2022

Master, Health Psychology (Stage 1), Cardiff Metropolitan University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2015

Master, MSc Psychology

Award Date: 1 Aug 2013

Master, Performance and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Goldsmiths, University of London

Award Date: 1 Aug 2006

Master, PGCE Secondary, Goldsmiths College, London

Award Date: 1 Aug 2003

Bachelor, Drama and Theatre Arts, Middlesex University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2002

External positions

Research Fellow, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

1 Jan 20181 Jan 2021

Doctoral Researcher, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

1 Sept 20151 Sept 2018

Associate Lecturer of Psychology, Middlesex University

1 Jan 20141 Sept 2015

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • health psychology
  • Behaviour change
  • Dementia
  • Neurodiversity
  • aging health
  • lived experience
  • cultural representations of illness
  • Health inequalities
  • deprivation medicine
  • Primary Care

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