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    Research Interests

    Psychological interventions to support mental and sexual wellbeing; psychosocial consequences of brain injury; cognitive ageing; neuropsychology; self-management and peer support for long term conditions


    BSc (Hons): First Class: Applied Psychology; Leeds Beckett University (2005).

    MSc: Distinction: Cognitive Neuroscience; University of York (2006).

    PhD: Psychology; University of Birmingham (2011) - investigating visual attention to social cues following parietal lobe damage caused by stroke,  supervised by Prof Jane Riddoch and the late Prof Glyn Humphreys.

    Two years postdoc experience working in hospitals and community care settings, recruiting stroke patients into clinical research trials.

    Two years postdoc at University on Warwick investigating associations between sleep and cognition in a national cohort of older adults.

    Recent work has focussed on healthy cognitive ageing, sexual activity and cognitive function in older adults, and peer-supported self-management of long term conditions including acquired brain injury (ABI), cancer and Long COVID.


    Area of Expertise:

    Psychology; sexual wellbeing; psychological wellbeing; brain injury; neuropsychology; self-management; digital psychological interventions

    Vision Statement

    My research background is in cognitive neuropsychology and neuroscience, particularly with respect to the ageing brain. During my PhD I investigated attention to social cues after parietal lobe damage caused by stroke.

    My recent work has involved co-developing and testing peer-supported self-management interventions for long term conditions such as cancer, Long COVID and stroke. I am currently developing a series of projects to supported patients, partners and healthcare professionals to support sexual wellbeing for people living with acquired brain injury (ABI).

    My previous work focussed on cognitive ageing and decline, and modifiable lifestyle factors that can be self-managed to help protect cognitive function and wellbeing in older age.

    I have led a succession of projects exploring biopsychosocial links between sexual activity and cognitive ageing, and developed digital research-enriched learning and teaching materials on the stigma surrounding sexuality in ageing populations.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, University of Birmingham


    Award Date: 1 Sep 2011

    MSc, University of York


    Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

    Degree, Leeds Beckett University


    Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

    External positions

    Treasurer, Emerging Researchers in Ageing; British Society of Gerontology

    2015 → …


    • BF Psychology
    • Digital interventions
    • Psychology
    • Self-management
    • Brain injury
    • Sexual wellbeing


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