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I am a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. I am a mixed-methods researcher who specialises in women’s mental health, conducting research on practice and policy responses to violence and abuse in the context of mental illness, and perinatal mental health. I have a PhD in psychiatry from the IoPPN and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

I have three current research grants: (1) as King’s College London lead on the MiMOS study - a National Institute for Health Research grant examining the effectiveness of Sexual Assault Referral Centres in addressing the mental health and substance use needs of clients; (2) as King’s College London co-lead on the For Baby’s Sake study  - an evaluation of a new whole-family domestic abuse intervention targeted to reduce abuse and improve parent-child relationships and child development; (3) as co-applicant on a MRC grant that seeks to examine the impact of social media and smartphone use on self-harm among young people. I also work on the National Institute for Health Research Mental Health Policy Research Unit.  

My previous work includes managing a 5-year NIHR programme grant on the effectiveness of perinatal mental health services (the ESMI study); interviewing abused and trafficked people about their healthcare needs and health service use. I have conducted several systematic reviews that investigate the relationship between domestic abuse and mental disorders and I have piloted interventions of domestic violence advocacy within mental health services.  

Research Interests 

  • Violence, abuse and mental health  
  • Perinatal mental health research 
  • Mixed-methods research 


I deliver both subject-specific and methodological lectures on BSc and MSc programmes at the IoPPN. I currently lead an MSc module on systematic reviewing.  

I supervise three PhD students and an MD student. I also supervise the dissertations of IoPPN MSc students.  

Expertise and Public Engagement

I am passionate about ensuring research on violence/abuse and mental health, and perinatal mental health is more accessible to the public. I am proactive in undertaking public engagement activities – presenting my work at academic and public engagement events both nationally and internationally.  

Recently, I have completed podcast interviews about my work on violence/abuse and mental health and also about my work on perinatal mental health: