I completed a BSc. (Hons) Psychology in 2008 at the University of Manchester and a MSc in Health Psychology in 2009 at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. I completed a PhD with the Psychophysiology and Stress Research Group (PSRG), awarded by the University of Westminster in 2013 for my thesis entitled ‘Cortisol secretion in saliva and hair: methodological considerations and relationships with state and trait well-being’. I then secured a Post-Doctoral Research post with the PSRG (funded by the Bial Foundation and the British Academy). I completed my Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education and became a Fellow of Higher Education Academy in 2014. In late 2015 I became a Lecturer in the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Westminster, and was awarded Senior Lecturer in summer 2016.
I teach on a range of modules for the BSc Psychology course and MSc Psychology course. I am module leader for the Level 5 module Psychological Research at Westminster. I supervise both undergraduate project students and master project students. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am a member of the internationally recognized Psychophysiology and Stress Research Group (PSRG). My research primarily focuses on the impact of well-being and stress on health and illness, and clarification of the physiological pathways involved. I use different methods of measuring cortisol such as saliva and hair. I am interested in the methodological issues associated with measurement of cortisol, particularly the impact of delayed saliva sampling on assessment of the cortisol awakening response. Using optimal measurement of cortisol, I am interested in investigating ways to restore patterns of cortisol in healthy and clinical populations.
Current research students:
I am currently supervising one PhD student, Natasha Ramachandran, whose research is focused on psychophysiology and stress.
I am also supervising one Professional Doctorate student, Mary Elliot, whose research is entitled ‘An exploratory study to assess the introduction of a new working practice, called “GEN2”, on the health and wellbeing of security employees at a UK international airport’.