Having graduated with a joint honours degree in Psychology and Philosophy (2:1) from the University of Oxford, I worked as a volunteer Research Assistant and as a support worker on an acute psychiatric ward. This led to an interest in clinical research, particularly in the area of relapse prevention in psychosis. In 2009 I completed a Master’s degree (with Distinction) at the University of Manchester, which included a research dissertation entitled Measuring beliefs about weight gain in young people with early episodes of psychosis: an adaptation of the Revised Illness Perceptions Questionnaire. I subsequently worked as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester, initially on the MIDAS trial (an RCT comparing integrated Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treatment as usual in those with co-morbid substance misuse and psychosis) and later in a short term position in the Clinical Psychology Department, supporting applications for external grant funding. In 2011, I was awarded an MRC Doctoral Training Grant PhD Studentship entitled Identifying relapse risk in psychosis using subjectively experienced “basic symptoms”: assessment and predictive validity, supervised by Professor Christine Barrowclough, Dr Richard Drake, Dr Richard Emsley and, more recently, Dr Sandra Bucci. Having taken two maternity leaves during the course of the PhD, I am now working on the PhD part-time and am due to submit in November 2019.