Research Associate for the Stroke Programme within the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester. This role involves: designing research projects that utilise qualitative and quantitative methods; contributing to research funding applications; collaboration with service users; collecting and analysing data; and writing up results.
For the latest information on stroke-related projects being carried out by CLAHRC GM, please see the website: http://clahrc-gm.nihr.ac.uk/our-work/stroke/
I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield before moving to Manchester in 2004 and worked as a research psychologist for almost 6 years at the University of Manchester. My first project involved using Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) as a rehabilitative technology for amputees with phantom limb pain. I then worked on the ACT NoW Study (Assessing Communication Therapy in the North West) for several years: initially as Research Assistant and then Trial Manager.
I was lucky enough to work alongside a team of expert researchers, clinicians and service user advisers in my ACT NoW role and I learnt a lot about the complexities of stroke rehabilitation research. This learning continued throughout my PhD (completed October 2015) and is ongoing in my current role within CLAHRC Greater Manchester (started July 2015)
I feel strongly about the benefits of involving users in research, having first-hand experience of the positive impact of their involvement within my PhD, through facilitating the ACT NoW Research User Group, and through facilitating the OSCARSS Carer Research User Group (part of my current role).
I wish to be involved with and ultimately lead on research that has potential to make a real difference to the quality of life of people with stroke and their familes.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Member of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR)
Member of the Organisation for Psychological Research into Stroke (OPSYRIS)
Member of the World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR)