Having graduated with a joint honours degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford, I worked 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 schizophrenia-spectrum psychosis.
In 2009, I completed a Master’s degree at the University of Manchester. I then worked as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester, initially on a large randomised controlled trial (MIDAS) and then in a short-term position within the Clinical Psychology Department. In 2011, I began a Medical Research Council funded PhD entitled Identifying relapse risk in psychosis using 'basic symptoms' and smartphone technology, supervised by Prof Christine Barrowclough, Dr Richard Drake, Prof Richard Emsley and, more recently, Prof Sandra Bucci. I completed the PhD over eight years, including two periods of maternity leave, passing my viva in November 2019.
I then worked on a proof-of-concept study (DAWN-P; Digital Assessment of Wellbeing in New Parents), investigating the feasibility, acceptability and validity of using a smartphone app to screen for parental depression in the postnatal period. In a short-term position with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, I collaborated with colleagues from the NHS and the University of Manchester to seek funding to continue work on the DAWN-P project.
In May 2021, I began my current postdoctoral Research Associate role in Prof Sandra Bucci's research group. As part of this group, I will conduct research examining digital symptom monitoring and other digital interventions for people with severe mental health problems.