I have always had an interest in the psychology of health and illness and therefore after completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2001 I undertook a Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Sussex. I spent the following five years gaining experience of working with a variety of client groups including older adults and people with learning disabilities. Three of these years were spent working within the NHS delivering brief psychological cognitive behavioural therapy-based interventions to people experiencing depression and/or anxiety.
My interest in the field of health and illness led me to join the University of Sheffield in 2007 to conduct a PhD research project investigating the psychosocial impact of dental injuries in children and families. Whilst studying for my PhD I managed to combine my research activities with independent study towards the stage 2 qualification in health psychology. Since completing my PhD in January 2010 I have worked as a researcher for the University of Sheffield on a broad range of projects in the areas of dental anxiety, psychosocial impact of life stressors and health conditions and health service evaluation.
My specific research interests include: health service evaluation; the psychosocial impact of health conditions, quality of life; healthcare practitioner-patient communication; healthcare satisfaction; and dental anxiety