Personal profile

Research interests

I am a social psychologist interested in social media use, health communication and appearance concerns.  I am interested in how we engage with newer forms of data like social media, and novel approaches to researching these domains. I am passionate about mixed-methods and qualitative approaches to research. 

My research has looked at how people with food allergies and intolerances use social media, and how issues are discussed and debated online. I am also interested in how users come to see social media sources as credible, persuasive or expert. I have explored men's attitudes towards their appearance and grooming, and in what way society and social media might influence behaviours and expectations. More recently, I have begun to supervise student projects exploring LGBTQ experiences, such as uptake of PrEP in young UK men. 

Teaching interests

  • Social psychology
  • Qualitative research methods

Other responsibilities

  • First year tutor 
  • Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology

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 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath


Award Date: 23 Nov 2018

Research Methods in Psychology , Master of Science, University of Southampton


Psychology, Bachelor of Science, Open University


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

BPS Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)


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