Upon completion of my BSc in Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire in 2004, I became a youth service co-ordinator, working with d/Deaf young people in the East Lancashire area. I then decided to return to university to study at Masters level, and took the opportunity to be a Research Assistant at the University of Manchester. My first project involved carrying out an evaluation of a pilot project on parenting deaf children. While completing my MRes, I worked on various research projects on a part time basis. These projects included research into resilience and Deaf role models, as well as forward-translating the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire into British Sign Language (BSL).
Between 2006 and 2008, I occasionally gave lectures on the social construction of deafness to BSc Social Work students at Manchester Metropolitan University and trainee audiologists at the University of Manchester.
In 2009, I went to the Institute of Technology within the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, in New York on a six-month internship. During this time, I worked alongside Professor Peter Hauser and his team in the Deaf Studies Laboratory, on a project on the psychosocial and academic achievements of deaf young people, mainly focusing on cultural capital and community cultural wealth in relation to the education of deaf children.
In 2009, I commenced my doctoral research fellowship which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research. The title of my PhD thesis was ‘Deaf people and mental well-being: Exploring and measuring mental well-being in British Sign Language’. The aims of the PhD were; (i) to understand the association between childhood and adulthood mental well-being in d/Deaf populations; (ii) to find out how well standardised mental health assessments can be used with d/Deaf populations; and (iii) to explore Deaf people’s perspectives on mental well-being. This study involved the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Between 2011 and 2012, I was also Study Manager of a project working on the validation of BSL versions of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7), and the Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS). This was funded by the British Society for Mental Health and Deafness.
Upon the completion of my doctoral research fellowship, I was trial manager on a project evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of British Sign Language (BSL) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
Examples of previous Research Project(s):
External Evaluation of the NDCS Parenting Project.
Deaf Children and Families - Building Resilience. A Literature Review
Independent Evaluation of NDCS's Deaf Role Model Project.
Deaf people and mental well-being: Exploring and measuring mental well-being in British Sign Language.
Translating the Patient Health Questionnaire, Generalised Anxiety Disorder 7, and the Work and Social Adjustment Scale into British Sign Language. Followed by a Pilot Study.
Medicines for Neonates: Using Routinely Collected NHS Electronic Clinical Data for Applied Research to Improve Newborn Outcomes.
SAFE: Personal safety skills for deaf children programme.
Evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of British Sign Language (BSL) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
I am currently working as a Principal Investigator on a project titled Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS) in British Sign Language (BSL).
• PhD Nursing - 2013, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
• MRes Psychology - 2008, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester
• BSc (Hons) Psychology - 2004, University of Central Lancashire