Personal profile


I am a Clinical Psychologist and Qualitative Researcher with an established track record of peer-reviewed publication focused on the lived experience of those with chronic health difficulties and intellectual disabilities; in the context of ‘spoilt identity’, marginalisation and discrimination.

Research interests

I am pursuing three research strands through grant applications, my own study and trainee projects

  • Understanding those with marginalised health conditions and improving quality of care

- Doctoral supervision: How do older Black African women living in the UK experience and make sense of living with HIV?

- Life after infertility: A grounded theory of moving on from unsuccessful infertility treatment.

- A Grounded Theory study of parents’ adjustment after the birth of their child with a facial birthmark.

- In preparation: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit application: The development of a personalised pain measure for those with sickle cell disease.

- Founding member of the University of Hertfordshire Psycho-Haematology Research Unit.

  • The Ethics and values of Clinical Psychologists

- Doctoral supervision: The integration of personal and professional ethical decision making constructs in trainee clinical psychologists.

- How do clinical psychologists identify and make decisions around ethical dilemmas: a grounded theory study.

- From Hell to Utopia: How clinical psychologists who don't believe in freewill, experience delivering therapy.

  • People with learning disabilities: living within a complex system.

- Doctoral supervision: How people with Intellectual Disabilities experience transitions under the Transforming Care Programme: a grounded theory study.

Teaching specialisms

  • Design, deliver and tutor the taught course of research on the DClinPsy programme- approx. 20 lectures per academic year.

  • Design, organise/ deliver the Intellectual Disabilities Module on the DClinPsy course.

  • Problem Based Learning small group tutor.

  • Academic Tutor to four DClinPsy Trainees.

  • Internal Examiner for DClinPsy theses, 2 per year.

  • Mark research, clinical and academic assignments on DClinPsy course.

  • Invited to teach at Canterbury Christ Church University DClinPsy course on ‘Ethics and Philosophy’ and Leicester University DClinPsy course on ‘Grounded Theory’.

  • Invited to address new nurses conference at The Whittington Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on ‘Working with those with Sickle Cell Disease’ and ‘Pain in those with Sickle Cell Disease’.


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