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Research interests

  • Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD (CPTSD) and moral injury/distress
  • Physical health and PTSD/CPTSD co-morbidity
  • Psychological wellbeing and Intensive Care/Treatment Units (ICUs/ITUs)
  • Occupation-related mental health, including trauma in military and healthcare staff
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches

Teaching interests

  • Trauma, PTSD, CPTSD and moral injury/distress
  • Occupation-related mental health, including trauma in military personnel, veterans and healthcare staff
  • Psychological wellbeing and ICU/ITU
  • CBT approaches

Other responsibilities

Clinical work

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, BABCP Accredited CBT Practitioner and trained in EMDR. I spent years working in NHS military veteran mental health services, including the Complex Treatment Service. Clinically, I now primarily work in an intensive care unit (ICU) with patients and families as well as staff support and 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; NHS patient safety incident reporting and response and other quality and service improvement initiatives. 

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

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

  • Director of Studies
  • Lecturer
  • Clinical Tutor
  • Research supervisor
  • Lead for BABCP accreditation
  • Lead for direct assessments of clinical competency
  • Co-lead for supervisor training and CPD
  • Convenor for the health, specialist and advanced (3rd year) unit

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

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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