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Biography

I am a research associate with 10 years’ experience in clinical and experimental research at Imperial College London’s ‘Neurovascular and Autonomic Medicine Unit’, University College London's, 'Institute of Neurology', Royal Holloway’s 'Lab of Action and Body' and King's College London's, ‘Department of Old Age Psychiatry' (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience). I joined King’s College London in January 2019 and specialise in designing and analysing new behavioural paradigms that integrate psychological and physiological measures to study behaviour, cognition, consciousness and emotion. I have worked on clinical trials, specifically phase II multi-centre clinical trials and cross-sectional multicentre observational clinical studies and also have experience of carrying out large public engagement behavioural research events at The Royal Opera House and Tate Modern. Prior to my academic career, I worked at the Royal College of Defence Studies (Ministry of Defence), The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and The Institute of Physics. 

Qualifications 

  • 2011-2015: PhD Clinical Neuroscience: The psychophysiology of dysautonomia, University College London, Institute of Neurology  
  • 2009 – 2011: MSc Neuroscience (Merit), King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (studied whilst working full-time) 
  • 2006 – 2007: Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, University of East London (studied whilst working full-time) 
  • 1999 – 2002: BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies (2:2), University of East London 

Awards & Prizes 

  • 2 x Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation Travel Grant, Institute of Neurology, University College London, 2016 
  • Elsevier Award for Best Oral Presentation in Clinical Research, The International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience annual meeting, in conjunction with the Federation of European Autonomic Societies, American Autonomic Society (AAS) and Japan Society of Neurovegetative Research, 2015  
  • International Society of Autonomic Neuroscience travel award, The International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience annual meeting, in conjunction with the Federation of European Autonomic Societies, American Autonomic Society (AAS) and Japan Society of Neurovegetative Research, 2015 

Research Interests

  • Neurodegeneration  
  • Autonomic nervous system 
  • Psychophysiology 
  • Activities of daily living  

Research Groups

ParkCog 

Expertise and Public Engagement

In 2013, in the Royal Opera House’s ‘Science of Opera’, I examined bodily responses in an opera naive (Alan Davies) vs a seasoned operagoer (Stephen Fry) during a live opera performance. We then presented our findings to the public: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVN4dShaZWk  

I was part of the 2018 Tate Modern workshop: ‘Self-impressions’ with the Institute of Philosophy, in which we engaged members of the public in a series of rapid experiments that tested their experience of selfhood: https://vimeo.com/281594616