My research focuses on adolescent mental health. I am particularly focused on risk and resilience processes in this context - that is, who is at risk of experiencing mental health symptoms, and why, alongside what factors and processes may mitigate such vulnerabilities. I am also interested in gendered mental health patterns and experiences and how these fit into broader societal contexts and expectations. Methodologically, I am a mixed methods researcher and have a particular interest in how multiple methods can be blended to create a fuller understanding of mental health patterns and experiences. I also have a keen interest in the ethical and social responsibilities involved in undertaking research with children and young people, and I teach, research, and publish on this subject. I have led and contributed to research projects funded by organisations including the The National Lottery Community Fund, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, and the Education Endowment Foundation. I teach predominantly on the MEd Psychology of Education and the BSc Educational Psychology.
I have a professional background in education, particularly with young children and with an emphasis on social and emotional development and family support. I have been based at the Manchester Institute of Education since 2016. As of January 2021 I am a co-convenor of the 'Education and Psychology' research group in the Manchester Institute of Education. I also co-founded and co-lead the Manchester Institute of Education qualitative research network, and a departmental support group for researchers using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Alongside my role in MIE, I am an honorary researcher at the Evidence Based Practice Unit (a collaboration between University College London and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families). I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society.