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Hello and welcome to my site! Here’s a little bit about me. 

Things I DO:

Clinical practice

I’m a trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Leicester and NHS Trust, undergoing a 3-year doctorate programme. This intensive training comprises research and teaching components embedded within clinical placements in various mental health services.

Research

As an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, I’m involved in a number of research projects. I regularly publish in academic journals, present at international conferences, and peer review articles for psychological journals. I also teach, give lectures/seminars, and supervise research students. 

Consultancy 

I enjoy applying my experience of psychology to the workplace, supporting business leaders to shape a working environment that fosters psychological growth, understanding and well-being. I deliver training in topics such as positive psychology, mindfulness, behaviour change, resilience and self-regulation. 

Things I’ve DONE:

Education and qualifications 

First Class BSc (with hons) in Sport and Exercise Sciences, with a particular focus on sport and exercise psychology. Awarded by the University of Birmingham in 2011. 

Ph.D in the social and emotional development obtained through outdoor adventure activities. Awarded by the University of Birmingham in 2015.

3-year postdoc at the University of Birmingham in homeless youth development and psychological skills training (2014-2017).

1-year postdoc at the University of Birmingham working with the NHS on psychologically informed parenting strategies (2017-2018).

Chartered Psychologist awarded by the British Psychological Society in 2017 (CPsychol).

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) expected in 2021.

Applied research projects 

Fostering self-worth and reengagement with society in homeless youth through a 10-week, positive psychology intervention, including community-based and outdoor residential components. 

Using psychological theory and techniques to support parents/carers of adolescents.

Empowering non-exercisers to overcome their psychological barriers to physical activity using mental imagery.

Developing social and emotional skills in students and young people through outdoor pursuit programmes. 

Increasing happiness in university students through the assessment of character strengths. 

Improving performance in sport through mental imagery techniques.

Collaborating with organisations in conducting mixed-method research and evaluation of outcomes and processes. 

Things I’m passionate about:

Working with people to promote wellbeing, resilience, goal attainment and life satisfaction.

Psychological skills and techniques that we can all benefit from regardless of who we are and what we do. 

The therapeutic properties of spending time in and around natural environments.

The scientist-practitioner model (i.e., the importance of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence).

Incorporating mindfulness into daily living (because it doesn’t usually come naturally to me!).

Connecting with broader audiences outside my specific field of psychology (i.e, through popular science writing, blogging, social media, and business engagement).

 

If you would like to read more, please check out my blog, publications, and projects, or get in touch

Thank you for visiting my site!