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Biography

In my career to date I have sought to conduct research, which is clinically relevant and directly applicable to the delivery of clinical services. My work has focused on the prevention and early detection of mental health problems, in particular psychosis. I have extensive experience in service implementation in the community and I set up the first service for prevention and early detection of psychosis in a prison setting. I conduct experimental studies using virtual reality to explore the effects of adverse life experiences on the appraisal of social situations. I lead clinical studies to evaluate virtual reality assisted assessment and treatment. 

I lead the Virtual Reality lab of the NIHR/Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility.

I am a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven and the President of IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health. 

Research Interests

  • Virtual reality for mental health  
  • Early Intervention 
  • Early detection 
  • At risk mental state for psychosis 
  • The impact of adverse life events on the onset and maintenance of mental health problems 

Teaching

I contribute to all aspects of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme (teaching, team meetings, research supervision, appraising students, marking, etc), in addition I am also the Head of Selection. 

Expertise and Public Engagement

Our work in VR was featured in an Aljazeera documentary and received international media coverage (BBC World, Newsweek, Daily Beast, Twitter) as well as very positive reactions from service users and carers. Our work in VR (VR Lab and REACH) was selected to be part of the 2017 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. I have presented my VR work at the Pint of Science Festival and I was one of the invited speakers for a public debate about VR organised by Virtual Futures at the Hospital Club. I use Twitter to promote my work.