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About me

I completed a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree at the University of Westminster in 2009, graduating with a First-Class Honours. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2012, I was awarded the Elizabeth de Lowernthal Prize for Excellence for the best portfolio submission on the PCGHE course. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I began a part-time PhD in 2012 in the area of Black and Minority Ethnic student experiences and constructions of identity in higher education.

I am Project Lead for the Human Library Project and run Human Libraries with Libraries Support staff across all university sites. I am also the Outreach Lead for Psychology and the Psych4Schools co-ordinator, an initiative that sees secondary school pupils engaging with psychology as an applied subject using lectures and workshops.

I am the founding member and Vice Chair for the university's BME Staff Network and an evaluation panelist for the Equality Charter Unit (Race Equality Charter Mark).

I am a member of the Digest and Psychologist Editorial Advisory Committee for the British Psychological Society.

Teaching

I have taught broadly on a range of modules across the department, and supervise student projects at undergraduate and Master's levels. Currently, I am the module leader for a Level 6 module, Music and the Mind, and also teach on Understanding Psychological Diversity, Developmental Psychology and Health Psychology modules.

Research

My current research focus is the experiences of Black female undergraduate psychology students as a specific context of student diversity. Using a pluralistic framework, I am exploring students' narratives to understand how they construct identity in higher education, and will interpret meaning-making of their experiences for further insight into retention, progression and award/attainment for this student population.

I am also part of a QHT-funded project 'CRUCIAL' to explore Black and Minority Ethnic students' sense of belonging using an appreciative inquiry framework, and work with students as co-researchers.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.