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About me

I completed my undergraduate degree in Criminology and Psychology at the University of Westminster, then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.  In 2015 I was awarded a PhD for my thesis entitled ‘Understanding Suicidal Behaviours by Probation Clients: A Near-Lethal Approach.’  I then secured a part time lecturer post at the University of Westminster, whilst carrying out my Post-Doctoral Research with Dr Jo Borrill from the University of Westminster, and Dr Lisa Marzano at the University of Middlesex.  The research was funded by Network Rail, and involved a large mixed-methods project to understand why people might choose to end their lives on the railways. In 2016 I applied for position of lecturer in Forensic Psychology and am currently co-module leader for the level 6 module Forensic Psychology. 

Teaching

I teach on a range of modules for the BSc Psychology course and MSc Psychology course.  I am co-module leader for the level 6 module Forensic Psychology.  I am also co-module leader for the level 5 module Brain, Mind and Behaviour.  I supervise both undergraduate project students and master project students.

Research

My research primarily focusses on suicide and suicidal behaviours.  Much of my research is situated within forensic settings, in particular, probation settings.  I am interested in carrying out research into suicide, suicide prevention, self-harm, suicide attempts, and mental health.  I am particularly interested in carrying out this research in marginalised and/or vulnerable populations such as offenders.  My main research methods are qualitative, however I have also been involved in a number of mixed methods projects.

Current research students:

I am currently supervising one PhD student, Laura Culshaw, whose research is focused on co-creating interventions for University students who self-harm.

I am also supervising one Professional Doctorate student, Gail Lincoln, whose research is entitled ‘Housing Relocation Beliefs and Behaviours; Wellbeing and Chronic Stress Outcomes For Older Under-Occupying Homeowners.’

Publications

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