I am a Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Manchester. I also hold an honorary position at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), where I am Director of the Mental Health Nursing Research Unit.
I have a clinical background in Assertive Outreach and Early Intervention in Psychosis mental health services. I have worked in a variety of clinical roles in these services, mainly focusing on the delivery of psychological interventions.
I am a former HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow (2016-2019). As part of my PhD in Clinical Psychology, I conducted a feasibility randomised controlled trial of a new talking therapy, called Method of Levels, for people experiencing first-episode psychosis (https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN13359355).
My current research interests are as follows:
- Improving outcomes for people experiencing first-episode psychosis and their relatives.
- Developing and evaluating a transdiagnostic approach to cognitive therapy known as Method of Levels.
- Developing clinical applications of a theory of human behaviour called Perceptual Control Theory.
- Reducing the use of restrictive practices for children in mental health inpatient settings.