PhD. Medical Sociology: ‘Epistemological authority and hidden work: negotiated meaning in the conduct of a randomised controlled trial’, Newcastle University, (2009).
Master of Arts (Hons), Psychology, Second Class Honours, First Division (2:1): ‘Prostate Cancer and the Lives of Current Survivors: A Phenomenological Study’, Massey University, New Zealand, (2002).
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand, (2000)
2009- Research Associate, Institute of Health & Society
2006- Junior Research Associate, Institute of Health & Society
2002- Junior Research Associate, Centre for Health Services Research
Membership and Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society.
'Traditional' film-based photography using medium and large format cameras (landscape and portraiture)
Brewing ales and lager using traditional methods and 'raw' ingredients.
My research interests fall into two specific areas;
1) Diversity in the interests of clinicians, researchers and patient/lay groups, regarding the conceptualisation, development and implementation of new health care technologies for older people (from pre-retirement through to the older-old). In particular I am interested in the functional purpose of these differences, and how they are negotiated in practice across research settings and the clinical-research encounter.
2) I have an interest in the manner in which problems of health and social care are enacted within clinical interactions, the forms of knowledge that are drawn on to shape these interactions, and the way in which clinical practices and conditions are problematized and reconfigured by researchers situated outside the clinical encounter.
Combined, these interests lead to a central question: how are knowledge’s, identities and practices coordinated and negotiated in health and social care?
Ethnographic Research, including participant observation.
Currently I work as a Research Associate on two independent studies:
(a) The Food Standards Agency funded ‘Eating for Wellbeing in Care Homes’ study involves the application of ethnographic research to explore barriers and facilitators to the acceptance of the FSA guidelines in residential care. This work includes designing strategies to increase the acceptability of the guidelines amongst care home staff and clients as the research team enter new sites/homes.
(b) I am also working on a New Dynamics of Ageing funded study; MAPP−MAL: multidisciplinary approach to a prototype for the prevention of malnutrition in older people: products, places, people and procedures. My role in Mapp-Mal is to apply ethnographic methods to map the current system(s) of food provision for older patients in hospital, to explore the views of stakeholders, NHS staff and older persons’ representatives regarding malnutrition in hospital, and to facilitate the generation of ideas for potential solutions to this problem. Both studies involve collaboration with individuals from different disciplines. In Mappmal this includes: Dietetics, Food Science, Rheology, Gerontology, Product Design and Technology and Information Systems.
Recently I have joined a multidisciplinary team on the LiveWell programme, developing interventions to promote wellbeing amongst people entering retirement.
Qualitative Research in clinical/medical settings
British Journal of Health Psychology 2007 & 2008
Implementation Science, 2008
Social Science & Medicine 2007
Course Tutor (2008): Undergraduate Module: Medicine in the community