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Post Nominals BA (Hons) MSc PhD CPsychol AFBPsS FHEA
Biography I am a Lecturer in Health and Social Care Sciences. I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society with expertise in qualitative health services research. I am a member of various BPS associated groups including the Division of Academics, Teachers and Researchers in Psychology; Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section; Division of Health Psychology. I am a member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research interests and expertise are as a Qualitative Health Services Researcher across three programmes of research underpinned by revealing marginalised voices:
1) experiences of cancer;
2) professional role identities and service evaluations and;
3) I lead on vaccine confidence/hesitancy

I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 5 years at ENU in cancer and public health where I developed my own interests/expertise in vaccine uptake and confidence/hesitancy on a range of childhood vaccine e.g. for MMR, HPV, H1N1 and now for COVID-19 amongst Health & Social Care professionals. I worked as a research assistant for QMU and taught widely in psychology. I have previously worked as a psychology research assistant in the NHS on a range of research projects. I have been involved in service evaluation and consultancy for the NHS and charitable sector (Attention Fife, Macmillan Cancer Support).

I have 15 years' experience of working in Higher Education and have taught widely across undergraduate and postgraduate provision for Inter-professional education including Allied Health Professionals; Psychology; all branches of Nursing; and Business students. Underpinning this teaching is applied health including qualitative heath services research; applied psychology for public health and policy. I have taught at ENU, Queen Margaret University and the Open University.

Since 2019, I worked as the School Research Degrees Lead for over 50 research degrees students in the SHSC and lead and the development and monitor overall progress- for students and provide support for supervisors.

I have presented widely at national and international conferences. I am active in pursuing research funding and in publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

I have supervised doctoral students at PhD level for patient and carers experiences of rare cancers (two completions) and one nearing completion on vaccine confidence for HPV. I am interested in supervising students on experiences of cancer; professional role identities and services; vaccine confidence/hesitancy for HPV or COVID-19.
Research Interests Vaccine confidence and hesitancy
Qualitative health services research.
Public health and the role of psychology in improving the health of the public and for health and social care professionals.
Teaching and Learning I currently teach on the Masters in Healthcare management Project Dissertations; and I lead an MBA Module on Health Policy and Public Involvement.
PhD Supervision Availability Yes
PhD Topics - experiences of rare cancers and marginalised voices
- professional role identities and service evaluation
- vaccination confidence and hesitancy