• School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    My research investigates youth mental health, and in particular, resilience processes and protective factors. To do this, I utilise neurological and neuropsychological measures, as well as clinical and social indices. Understanding how emerging mental disorders can inform our knowledge of risk and resilience processes, and the development of interventions to promote mental health in young people, are central aims of my work. 

    Biography

    I graduated with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy (joint hons) from The University of Leeds in 2007, after which I spent time working as an Applied Behavioural Analysis tutor and Mental Health Support Worker. I completed a Masters at the University of Leeds in 2009 and worked as an honorary Research Assistant alongside my studies. I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2014. Between 2013-2019 I worked first with the Adolescent Brain Development and Mental Health research Lab, and then the PROSPER Research lab at the University of Birmingham, investigating youth mental health, particularly in regards to psychosis and early schizophrenia. I am currently a Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University and an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Birmingham.

    Teaching Activity

    PY1128 - Studying Psychology in Higher Education (Personal Tutor) 
    PY3346 - Final Year BSc Research Project (Project Supervisor)

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • 2018 - £7,300 (Clinical Research Network) Adolescent Wellbeing Networks Project.
    • ​2018 - £215 (University of Birmingham) Pump prime funding.
    • 2018 - £400 (University of Birmingham) Training and Development grant.
    • ​2016 - £57,927 (ESRC DTC) PhD Studentship; Latoya Clarke (Co-supervisor).
    • 2016 - £2500 (U21 Fellowship Programme) Travel Grant.
    • 2015 - £2475 (University of Birmingham) Pump prime funding.
    • 2014 - £500 (University of Birmingham) Training and Development Grant.
    • 2013 - £750 (University of Birmingham) Travel Grant.
    • 2012 - £1000 (University of Birmingham) Travel Grant.

    PhD Supervision

    Current PhD Students:

    • Latoya Clarke (Co-supervisor)

    Past PhD Students

    • Alexandra Stainton (Co-supervisor)

     I am interested in supervising PhD students who are interested in researching youth mental health, in particular, risk and resilience related topics.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    Member of the International Early Psychosis Association

    Member of Schizophrenia International Research Society

    Administrative Roles

    Equality and Diversity Board

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Development and randomised controlled trialling of a programme designed to reduce stigma associated with mental health difficulties, increase mental health literacy, and promote resilience to mental illness in young adolescents, University of Birmingham

    Sept 2009Jul 2014

    Award Date: 15 Jul 2014

    MSc, Memory and its Disorders, University of Leeds

    Sept 2008Sept 2009

    Award Date: 25 Nov 2009

    BSc, Psychology and Philosophy, Joint hons, University of Leeds

    Sept 2004Jul 2007

    Award Date: 28 Jun 2007

    External positions

    Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

    Mar 2014Mar 2019

    Research Associate, University of Birmingham

    Mar 2013Mar 2014

    Lecturing and teaching assistant, University of Birmingham

    Sept 2010Sept 2013

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