In 2008 I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Psychology and went on to complete my MSc in Health Psychology in 2010. On graduating I worked for Sheffield PCT as a Health Trainer, holding clinics in GP practices and within the community to help promote healthy lifestyles and behaviours with individuals that either self-referred, or were referred by their GP. I started my PhD in Health Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University in September, 2010.
My present doctoral research adopts a Critical Health Psychology perspective to explore long-term care delivery in older people’s private sector nursing homes from the viewpoint of care users and care providers. This research uses diverse qualitative data collection methods and data analysis. The research seeks to add to existing knowledge about nursing home care, and may inform nursing home policy and best practice.
2010-present – As Associate Lecturer I have delivered teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students on the Qualitative Research Methods, Health Psychology modules. I have also provided research project supervision for Level 6 undergraduate Criminal Psychology students.
2010-2014 As PhD demonstrator I assisted with teaching research methods (qualitative and quantitative) and statistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students within the department. I also delivered other sessions including seminars to MSc Developmental Psychology students, and other modules as required.
I have a particular interest in health related research, particularly the psychological health and well-being of older people, or those who are more vulnerable or marginalised.
My research to date has been mainly qualitative from a critical perspective. I have used multiple methods including ethnography, visual methods, photo voice, object elicitation, photo elicitation, interviews and focus groups. I have conducted thematic analysis, discourse analysis and narrative analysis.