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Biography

I started as a Research Assistant in the department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London in October 2018. I am part of The Improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) project research team and I am part of the research team conducting an evaluation of the impact of violence on young people (EYVI). I am also involved in the HERON Network which is an international public engagement network aimed at people involved in action and research in inequalities in health and health service use. 

Prior to joining the IoPPN, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist in London probation services, providing 1:1 manualised CBT. I have also worked as an Assistant Psychologist in various HSE services in Ireland, both in the community and secure services.  

My primary degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from University College Cork. I have a Higher Diploma in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and an MSc from Middlesex University London in Criminology with Forensic Psychology. I also completed an MA Applied Psychology (Mental Health) from University College Cork in 2016..  

In 2015, I was Awarded a Masters Excellence Scholarship from the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) at University College Cork for my MA Applied Psychology (Mental Health). In July 2019, I was awarded an early career researchers bursary by the Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network.  

Research Interests

  •  Offender mental health 
  •  Young people’s mental health 
  • The impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) 
  • Trauma informed practice 
  • Improving access to services 

Expertise and Public Engagement 

Co-lead of the 2019 BRC IoPPN Youth Awards in Sociology, Psychology & Health, Chemistry, Biology & Psychological Health and Maths, Computer Science & Health with Dr Cerisse Gunasinghe. This award provides young people from local schools with 2days of work experience and an opportunity to be involved in the National Youth Takeover Day.