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About me

Brief Overview (see further down for more detail):

I gained my BSc psychology degree at Brunel University in 1997 and my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in 2003. I began teaching at the University of Westminster in 2005. Prior that I have held lecturing posts at the Open University and Birkbeck College, University of London.

My main research interests are in the field schizophrenia, schizotypy and the psychoses.  The main study I have been involved with is the 'AESOP' project (Aetiology and Ethnicity of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses). The AESOP project is one of the first investigations to integrate biological and social factors into research on schizophrenia.  Another area of research I am currently engaged in is the 'Colour Analysis Study' which is an investigation of the association between colours, emotions and autobiographical memory

I am also a qualified and practicing psychotherapist and am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.   

Teaching

Overview: The main areas of teaching I am involved in are in Clinical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy. In all these topics I take classes at both undergraduate and post graduate level. Most of my teaching career has been at the University of Westminster, but I have also taught at the Open University and at Birkbeck College, University of London. I have been a visiting lecturer also the the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago where I have led the teaching of neuropsychology testing and the analysis of test data to trainee clinical psychologists.

Main Teaching Responsibilities: Module Leader for: 'Clinical Psychology'; 'Mechanisms of Mind-Body Therapies'; 'Reflective Practice and Listening Skills'; 'Professional Issues in Psychotherapeutic Practice;' and 'Sex and Relationships in Psychotherapy'.  Supervision: PhD supervisor,  MSc project supervisor, Work Placement Year students.

Teaching Qualifications: Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCHE) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Other Roles: PhD Examiner: University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago University of Otago, New Zealand, University of Hong King, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London Department of Psychology, University of Westminster.

External Examiner: Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London.

Research

My main research interests are in the field of psychosis and include the study of patient insight, structural neuroanatomy (MRI), neuropsychological function and cross-cultural variation. For the last 20 years, I have been conducting research into psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry, where I am part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, geneticists and medical anthropologists. The main study I am involved with is the 'AESOP' project (Aetiology and Ethnicity of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses). The AESOP project is one of the first investigations to integrate biological and social factors into research on schizophrenia. 

More recently I have begun the 'Colour Analysis Study' which is an investigation of the association between colours, emotions and autobiographical memory.  The is a project involving both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Professional Memberships: British Psychological Society;  British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy; UK Council for Psychotherapy;  British Neuropsychiatry Association; and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Publications

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