BSc (Hons) Psychology (2005)
MSc Health Psychology (2008)
Trainee Health Psychologist (2010)
I am currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, whilst working full-time as a Research Assistant at Newcastle. I am ultimately working towards a Chartered Psychologist status and eligiblity to register as a Health Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
My main interests are survivorship issues in cancer.
British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology
Pan-European Network for Care of Survivors after Childhood and Adolescent Cancer (PanCare)
I arrived at Newcastle University in 2009 to initially be involved in the European Bone Tumour Outcome Study (EBTOS) - a large collaborative study researching functional, social and health-related quality of life outcomes in bone tumour survivors.
I went on to conduct a study of the cardiovascular implications of pre-eclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. This involved a systematic review of the area as well as a qualitative study with women who had experienced pre-eclampsia during a recent pregnancy, with both accepted for publication.
At present I am involved in work which is exploring the long-term psychosocial impact of surviving cancer as a child or adolescent. This includes a large literature review of the area in combination with qualitative research with survivors and NHS staff. The next phase is to use this work to inform the development of a questionnaire study which will aim to investigate the pathways to important psychosocial outcomes in childhood cancer survivors and to better understand the factors which may influence these outcomes.
I am also very pleased to be involved in PanCareSurFup (PanCare Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Survivor Care and Follow-Up Studies). This is a European collaborative programme funded by the EU which will develop guidelines for the clinical practice and organization of long-term follow-up (LTFU), transition of care to age-appropriate LTFU in survivors of or approaching adult age, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle in long-term survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer.
Newcastle Healthcare Charities (Co-applicant): "Quality of life, socio-economic status, relationships and risk perceptions in survivors of childhood or young adult cancer: a pilot study." 2011-2012
Children with Cancer (Co-applicant): "Psychosocial health outcomes after childhood cancer - pathways from initial survival to long-term survivorship". 2012-2013
'Medicine in the Community' course for Stage 1 and 2 MBBS students.