I am a working-class postgraduate psychologist, occasional amateur artist, true crime sleuth, and writer from Glasgow. I specialise in opinion pieces, and features around mental health, especially from a ‘lived experience’ and critical viewpoint, as I have (and still continue to) live day-to-day with complex mental health.
I am currently a 1st year PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow looking into the impact of deprivation, health barriers and choices on the (un)employment of those living with psychosis. My previous work has looked into self-care during benefit sanctions in those living with serious mental health difficulties, caregiver recidivism after child maltreatment interventions, and mental health befrienders’ experience of burn-out and support systems. In 2014 I received the UWS Court Medal for Academic Excellence, and the Carnegie-Cameron Achievement Award. In 2017 I was awarded funding via the ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) pathway to undertake my PhD.
My academic work can be found in several peer-reviewed journals, including; Child: Care, Health and Development, the Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, and The BMJ. My other writing has been featured in Marbles Mag, The Psychologist, and Mental Movement.
My artwork has featured in several local exhibitions, coffee houses, and public showings, and can be found on Instagram.
My up-to-date academic CV can be viewed HERE