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Biography

My doctoral research was completed in 2015 at the IoPPN, focused on the role of emotional processes and psychosocial risk factors in dissociative (non-epileptic/functional) seizures. This experience inspired a firm commitment to further research in the field of functional neurological disorder (FND). I therefore returned to the IoPPN in 2017 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Section of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, where I currently work with colleagues to investigate the causes/mechanisms, treatments and outcomes of FND. I’m involved in clinical trials of novel treatments (transcranial magnetic stimulation), patient and public involvement research, and I co-lead an international group (FND-COM) working towards guideline development for outcome measurement in FND. I’m also interested in cultural variability in FND and I’m part of an international collaboration working on this topic.  

I use a range of empirical methods in my research, most commonly established and novel experimental paradigms to examine relevant cognitive and affective processes, in addition to qualitative techniques for the investigation of the subjective experiences of research participants. 

Research Interests 

  • Functional neurological (‘conversion’) disorder 
  • Dissociative (non-epileptic) seizures 
  • Dissociation / dissociative disorders 
  • Mind-body / cognition-emotion interactions 
  • Affective neuroscience 
  • Disorders of consciousness/awareness 

Teaching 

I teach on a range of modules across several programs at KCL, including the BSc Psychology (Dept of Psychology), MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry (Section of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry), and the MSc Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health (Distance Learning). 

In previous roles I have lectured on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology programmes (Birkbeck, University of London; Regent’s University London).