I joined the University of Dundee in 2020 as a lecturer focusing on developmental psychology and mental health. I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Edinburgh (2018) which explored how adults recover from experiences of childhood maltreatment and domestic violence. In 2019, I became a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Prior to my current appointment, I held research positions at the University of Strathclyde investigating the extent and range of gender-based violence on Scottish campuses, and at the University of Edinburgh investigating deterrence of online child sexual abuse. I also worked as Assistant Psychologist in 2014-2015. On several occasions, I delivered teaching in university settings and training in the third sector on subjects including research methods, trauma, mental health, and bystander intervention.
I teach and coordinate 'Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health' at undergraduate and postgraduate level; coordinate the MSc Research Dissertation and MSc Research in Practice modules in psychology; and co-teach Introductory Psychology (Developmental Psychology component) at undergraduate level. I am also developing a new MSc psychology programme. In addition, I supervise dissertation projects of psychology undergraduate and Master students.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health (UG and TPG)
- Research Dissertation (TPG)
- Research in Practice (TPG)
- Introductory Psychology (Developmental Psychology component) (UG)
My research explores adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and relationship abuse, and their impact on mental health and emotional and social development throughout the life span. Related areas of interest include emotion regulation, interpersonal skills/difficulties, and resilience. With the emergence of the global pandemic, I am also interested in exploring these topics in relation to the lockdown and its consequences. Most of my recent research involved qualitative research methods. In addition, I value complementing qualitative findings with quantitative findings (and vice versa), and am curious about using novel methods, such as art-based, diary-based and participatory research.
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):
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
Award Date: 23 Jan 2018
Master in Science, University of Edinburgh
Award Date: 31 Aug 2012
Bachelor of Science, Queen Margaret University
Award Date: 30 Jun 2010
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