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I started my career as a nurse, where I began researching sexual health at King's College London (KCL), and latterly how we might improve working conditions in the NHS for the benefit of both staff and patients at the Policy Institute at KCL. After working as a nurse in acute medicine, and then in the community, I completed my MSc in psychology at the University of Westminster.

After graduating, I held a research assistant post at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at KCL, where I led the qualitative side of the global IDEA project, aimed at investigating whether and how we may identify and prevent depression in adolescence in the UK, the USA, Nigeria, Brazil and Nepal.

Following this, I received an ESRC-funded position to start my PhD at Goldsmiths, investigating what the effects of mindfulness might be on parental stress and children's wellbeing. I am partnered with the Headspace app to do these PhD studies. In July 2020, I moved to UCL with my primary supervisor, Dr. Bonamy Oliver. And during this time, briefly returned to clinical practice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, where I worked as a research nurse on the Oxford vaccine trial in London.

Research Summary

I'm currently doing a collaborative, supervisor-led, PhD in developmental psychology at the Institute of Education, UCL, and at the University of Sussex. At UCL, I'm supervised by Dr Bonamy Oliver, and working in collaboration with the industry partner Headspace, to investigate what happens when parents use the Headspace app to practice mindfulness meditation. I'm funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and am interested in finding out how we can improve all aspects of children's and families well being.

Towards the PhD, I have completed a meta-analysis investigating the effects of mindfulness-based interventions on parental and parenting stress and children's adjustment outcomes, and I have completed a small case series investigating the initial feasibility and acceptability of giving the Headspace app to parents of 2-5 year olds. I am currently recruiting for the final study of my PhD, an RCT, to more robustly test the Headspace app with a more diverse sample of parents.

Teaching Summary
I have been a seminar leader teaching on an MSc Developmental and Individual Differences module, a first year BSc Developmental Psychology module and Biology Psychology module, as well as an advanced Data Analysis module for second year BSc Psychology students. In the spring term, I will start teaching on a Social Psychology and Applied Psychology MSc module.
28-OCT-2019 Doctoral Researcher Psychology and Human Development Institute of Education, UCL, United Kingdom
16-SEP-2019 Visiting Lecturer Psychology University of Westminster, United Kingdom
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