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My PhD research is focused on student wellbeing in the transition to university. I am interested in how the developmental, social, and academic changes which occur when students start university interact with their emotional lives, and how they can best be supported.

Specifically, I am exploring the effectiveness of approaches which aim to prevent the development of mental health difficulties, by embedding the promotion of positive wellbeing within the curriculum and teaching practice at transition.

Previously, I have worked in secondary, further, and adult education, providing academic and pastoral support to individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities. My curiosity about the relationship between learning and wellbeing led to a research role for the Lottery-funded youth mental health programme at HeadStart, where I worked in a team evaluating targeted interventions and the whole-school approach to wellbeing. Alongside this work, I completed my masters research on the ‘p factor' -which models individuals’ propensity to all types of mental disorder along one dimension- and its links to autistic traits in the general population.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology Conversion Course, Master of Science, Birkbeck, University of London

20162020

Mathematical Sciences, Bachelor of Science, University of Bath

20112014

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