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I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010 having left a career in social care, where I specialised in Early Help practice. Having gained this coal face experience, I now apply theoretical and empirical research to practice, focused on children and families leading complex lives. Now a Doctor of Education and a Chartered Psychologist my current research interests include:

- Social complexity and health

- Change and transformation in complex families (Family Stories Project)

- Researching with children and young people 

- Mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families 

As a senior fellow of Advance HE I have held a number of course leadership roles. My teaching is focused on children and families, safeguarding and psychology in practice settings. I take a strong interest in building our academic community, and in the well-being of our students.

I have created intervention approaches for working with children and families, and my pilot project Family Stories: empowering transition to sustained change with complex families is currently in place in Portsmouth with the Early Help and Prevention service.

I am an Associate Editor of QMIP (Qualiative methods in Psychology) and a member of the Editorial Board for Psychology & Health. I am a school governor at a local Portsmouth Primary School.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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