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Research interests

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD)
  • Moral injury/distress
  • Healthcare trauma, including Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patient, family and staff psychological wellbeing 
  • Conflict/war/military trauma
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches
  • Trauma-informed teaching and learning

Teaching interests

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD)
  • Moral injury/distress
  • Healthcare trauma, including Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patient, family and staff psychological wellbeing 
  • Conflict/war/military trauma
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches
  • Trauma-informed teaching and learning

Other responsibilities

Clinical work

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, BABCP Accredited CBT Practitioner and trained in systemic and EMDR therapy.

I spent years working in NHS military veteran mental health services, including the Complex Treatment Service. I also have experience providing trauma assessments and interventions to other populations.

I provide clinical supervision to psychological therapists, clinical psychologists and trainees working across a range of settings (health, mental health and forensic) and I now primarily work clinically in an intensive care unit (ICU) with patients, families and staff, plus wider responses to critical incidents.

Background

I have previously led and/or managed national projects and programmes in healthcare including, national clinical audits in mental health (National Clinical Audits | Royal College of Psychiatrists (rcpsych.ac.uk)); NHS patient safety incident reporting and response and other quality and service improvement initiatives. I authored the Royal College of Psychiatrists' e-learning module on Patient Safety in Mental Health (Quality improvement module 4: Patient safety in mental health (rcpsych.ac.uk)). 

Pedagogical research and improvement

Pedagogy is the method, and practice, of teaching (this can include lectures, seminars, workshops, experiential learning, placements, supervision or tutoring). I am using my work in the field of psychological trauma to drive improvements in pedagogical practice in higher education. My work aims to better enable those with trauma experiences to strive to thrive in higher education, and guide the higher education community and systems to better facilitate this.

https://www.bath.ac.uk/projects/trauma-informed-pedagogy-in-higher-education

Other roles

Author, e.g. An Illustrated Guide to Clinical Psychology | Jessica Kingsley Publishers - UK (jkp.com)

Co-Deputy Chair of the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (GTiCP), Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society (taking over as Co-Chair in November 2024)

Steering committee member for the Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research project 'Understanding the Needs and Interventions for the Treatment of Scarring', being undertaken at the University of the West of England by the Centre for Appearance Research. 

One of 30 'future research leaders' brought together in the GW4 Crucible 2022 to collaboratively explore 'Building back better: Interdisciplinary approaches to mental health wellbeing research'.

Advance HE's Aurora 2022 women in higher education leadership development programme participant. 

Roles on the Bath DClinPsy

  • Academic Director
  • Director of Studies
  • Lecturer
  • Clinical Tutor
  • Research Supervisor
  • Lead for BABCP Accreditation in CBT (previous)
  • Convenor for the Health, Specialist and Advanced (3rd year) Unit (previous)
  • Lead for Supervisor Training and CPD (previous)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychological Research Methods, Master in Science, Birkbeck, University of London

Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Bath

Psychology, Bachelor of Science, University of Surrey

External positions

External Examiner, Cardiff University

Author: Patient Safety in Mental Health e-Learning Module, Royal College of Psychiatrists

External Examiner, University of Exeter

External Lecturer, University of Exeter

External Examiner, University of Oxford

Keywords

  • Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex PTSD
  • Military
  • Veteran
  • Patient Safety
  • ICU
  • Intensive Care
  • TRiM
  • Military Culture
  • Moral Injury
  • Moral Distress
  • Staff Support
  • PTSD
  • CPTSD
  • Healthcare
  • ITU
  • Pedagogy
  • Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
  • Higher Education

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