School of Life & Health SciencesAston UniversityAston TriangleBirmingham B4 7ET
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3112Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom: SW608
I came to Aston as Reader in Psychology in January 2017. Prior to that, I worked on the Clinical Psychology doctoral training programme, and also ran the MRes Clinical Psychology course, at the University of Birmingham.
I have an interdisciplinary background, and prefer to work in that way where possible. I collaborate with colleagues in who have expertise via their lived experience, and/or via their formal roles in Philosophy, Health Science, Social Policy, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry.
I conducted my PhD research on the experience of addiction and recovery in the 12 Step programme. My subsequent research has retained a focus on psychological coping (e.g. adapting, ‘doing well’) and distress (e.g. loss of control, overwhelming emotions) and on the contexts which shape people’s understanding of those experiences (e.g. relationships, families, interventions, services, cultures). Much of this has involved young people with psychosis and their families.
I have published extensively on approaches to qualitative research, and I have made contributions to the development of Interpretative significant Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). I have also been involved with the adapation of an action research / service-development approach called Experience Based Co-Design (EBCD) for use in psychosocial care settings.
Prior to my PhD, I worked in landscaping. While writing up my PhD, I worked for Nottingham Trent University, the Open University, and University College Northampton. I subsequently worked for De Montfort University for two years, and then at the University of Birmingham for eleven years.
I am the project co-ordinator for the MSc Health Psychology. I teach a final year module on applied psychology for the undergraduates in Psychology.
Relatedness and connectedness to others and to places, and their role in coping and adaptation.
Experiences of psychological interventions and services; collaborative approaches to healthcare improvement; co-design and co-production of psychosocial services.
Understandings of anomalous and distressing experiences (loss of control, strange beliefs, strong emotions, pain, hearing voices).
I’ve supervised over 60 doctoral students to successful completion.My current PhD students are:
Psychology, Aston Shioma-Lei Craythorne Tiago Moutela
Psychology, Birmingham Shoshana Gander Zaucker Fiona Lerigo
Philosophy, Project PERFECT, Birmingham Valeria MottaFederico Buongiorno
Writing up Tara Morrey Rachel Gunn Magdalena Antrobus Divya Chadha
I also provide supervision to MSc students, and to some DClin researchers.
I’m a member of the British Psychological Society and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy