I am a post-doctoral research clinical psychologist and MBCT teacher and trainer with a particular interest in what makes people recurrently suicidal and how we can develop efficient treatments to help people stay well. I hold a Master of Studies degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the University of Oxford, and gained my DClinPsych degree and PhD in suicide prevention from University of Oslo, Norway.
I lead a research project called the Mindlock Project in which we aim to identify cognitive and neural mechanisms underpinning recurrent suicidal risk, and to translate from basic science treatments to address these difficulties which can enable people to stay well and find meaning in their lives. I am fascinated by the interface between cognitive science and meditation practices, and feel very privileged to be able to combine research and teaching in this area. I work clinically with depressed and suicidal individuals using MBCT, and am involved in training MBCT teachers.
Part of what makes working at the OMC such an immense privilege is that through all the centre’s activities, the work is carried out not just with a head but with a heart. Its ability to incorporate the whole translational arc of clinical science with such integrity and excellence makes it an extremely rewarding place to work, learn and grow.