Career

I studied psychology at the University of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes University before working in mental health in the NHS, MRI and fMRI research at the Institute of Psychiatry and volunteering with the Stroke Association.

I gained a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge working with Professors Lolly Tyler and William Marslen-Wilson and was subsequently awarded the Pinsent-Darwin Research Fellowship in Mental Pathology. In cognitive neuroscience my research focused on acquired language impairments and the structure and function of the language system in the brain.

I undertook my clinical training at the UEA (2004-2007). My ClinPsyD thesis research concerned illness perceptions of stroke and their associations with early post-stroke depression and anxiety. As part of my ClinPsyD I undertook elective specialist placements in fronto-temporal dementia and community neuro-rehabilitation 

After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist I worked in adult neuropsychological rehabilitation in West Norfolk, the Oliver Zangwill Centre in Ely and community stroke psychology across Cambridgeshire. In 2011 I was invited to work as part of an innovative, cross-agency partnership project which provided specialist community-based clinical psychology for adult stroke survivors across Cambridgeshire, a service subsequently adopted by the NHS.

My involvement in quality improvement and innovation within stroke resulted in being awarded a NHS Trust Chairman’s annual award for innovation in 2013, a quality improvement fellowship with Health Education England in 2014 and an advanced quality improvement fellowship with Health Education England in 2015.

I am on the specialist register of UK Clinical Neuropsychologists, having gained my British Psychological Society Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2018. As part of this I completed a post-graduate diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol in 2015. Since qualifying I have also gained post-graduate certificates in Work-Based Learning (University of Middlesex) and in Higher Education Practice (UEA).

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