My first degree was in arts and visual culture. I have extensive experience of working in the cultural industries. My various roles have included arts management and events organisation, which involved liaising with schools, the NHS, and local authorities. I then undertook an MSc in Psychology with my dissertation focus on acculturation experiences of refugees.
My thesis investigates the effects of displacement on the mental health of Chile's largest indigenous population, the Mapuche. My primary research adopts a mixed-methods approach to assess the effect of displacement from the indigenous environment. Findings from this under-represented population will provide an additional perspective on assessing and applying healthcare interventions when working with indigenous communities. I am particularly interested in indigenous perspectives on wellbeing, emphasising the necessity to connect with the natural environment and self-determination as well as the value of indigenous knowledge in relation to climate change.