I have a background in both education and psychology. I am a fully qualified Primary School Teacher and have taught children at all levels and with various needs. I completed my M.Sc in Developmental Psychology in 2013. I also worked as an Assistant Educational Psychologist before joining the Department of Psychiatry in 2016.
I am currently working as a Research Assistant on the Wellcome Trust funded MYRIAD project – “My Resilience in Adolescence”. This large cluster-RCT aims to establish whether mindfulness training in schools is effective and cost effective. I am involved in the recruitment of secondary schools and teachers from all over the UK. As part of the MYRIAD team, I am co-ordinating and conducting research assessments of teachers and pupils, which will involve visiting schools and collecting data from students over the next three years. My role will also involve school liaison, assisting with other aspects of the research programme (e.g., evaluating mindfulness training for teachers) and dissemination to those connected to the project and the Department of Psychiatry.
Given my passion for mental health, psychology and education, I feel honoured to work at the OMC which is a hub for dynamic and effective work in these areas. Furthermore, the OMC’s commitment to evidence-based practice is invaluable to help ensure high-quality design and delivery of interventions for adults and young people. It is a true privilege to work with the many inspirational and dedicated staff members at the OMC and the University of Oxford, all with the shared goal of promoting better mental health and well-being amongst our population.