I grew up in Sheffield and completed my nurse education at Middlesex University in 1997, qualifying as a children's nurse. My clinical experience includes general paediatrics, CAMHS, health visiting and public health nursing both in the UK and in New Zealand. My own education has been very important to me throughout this time
My passion for education began in New Zealand as a health trainer teaching first aid across Auckland and the far north from lawyers in the city to forestry workers in remote locations. More recently I taught on a health sciences foundation programme in Auckland before commencing my PhD in Christchurch, New Zealand.
I commenced my position as a full time lecturer at SHU in July 2017. I am academic adviser to two groups of undergraduate children's nursing students. I currently supervise several masters dissertation students.
Being happy, approachable, sharing stories and working collaboratively with students to help them to reach their full potential are my key ingredients. My main area of research combines health and psychology with an emphasis on the health and wellbeing of men and in particular; fathers. This is the basis for my current PhD.
For my Masters dissertation I investigated the emotional well-being of fathers quantitatively assessing stress and anxiety in the transition to fatherhood and qualitatively investigating preparation for fatherhood. This built on my undergraduate work within public health nursing which focussed on the mental health of parents.
I have been a co-researcher on a men's cancer survivorship study in New Zealand completing qualitative analysis of interviews.
As part of my role as a doctoral researcher in psychology, I am the co-chair of the PSYPAG conference for 2019.