I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010 having left a career in social care, where I specialised in Early Help practice. Having gained this coal face experience, I now apply theoretical and empirical research to practice, focused on children and families leading complex lives. Now a Doctor of Education and a Chartered Psychologist my current research interests include:
- Social complexity and health
- Change and transformation in complex families (Family Stories Project)
- Researching with children and young people
- Mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families
As a senior fellow of Advance HE I have held a number of course leadership roles. My teaching is focused on children and families, safeguarding and psychology in practice settings. I take a strong interest in building our academic community, and in the well-being of our students.
I have created intervention approaches for working with children and families, and my pilot project Family Stories: empowering transition to sustained change with complex families is currently in place in Portsmouth with the Early Help and Prevention service.
I am an Associate Editor of QMIP (Qualiative methods in Psychology) and a member of the Editorial Board for Psychology & Health. I am a school governor at a local Portsmouth Primary School.