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I am a lecturer in clinical and health psychology, with expertise in intervention development and evaluation.


I started my lecturing post at the University of Portsmouth in 2020. Prior to this I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol developing and evaluating behaviour change interventions. This research focused on two broad areas; a) supporting patients/carers to manage their/their child’s health condition, and b) supporting healthcare professionals to implement best practice. These projects covered a range of health issues, including; diabetic foot ulcers, acupuncture, placebos, antibiotic reduction and conservation, and eczema.

I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford. My research examined how cognitive behaviour therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders work, and whether they work as hypothesised. Prior to this I worked in the NHS evaluating clinical outcomes of individuals with eating disorders following treatment in specialist services and worked in a range of other clinical settings including brain-injury, chronic pain and mental health.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the module coordinator for the level 6 module in Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology. I also coordinate the ‘Work-Based Learning’ option within the level 5 Professional Development and Employability Module and am a member of the placement team. I teach on the MSc in Health Psychology and supervise dissertation projects on the undergraduate courses and the MSc in Health psychology. I have previously supervised clinical psychology trainees completing their doctoral dissertations.

Research Interests

I am interested in intervention development and evaluation, particularly, understanding how treatments work, when, and for whom. I am also interested in how different methodologies and analyses can be used to answer these questions.

I have a special interest in eating disorders, and early identification and intervention in mental health.

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


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