Shenley Brook End School, 2004-2010. University of Bath 2010-2014
BSc (Hons) Psychology
The McPin Foundation – as a mental health researcher
PhD student at University of Manchester
MRC-DTP, University of Manchester
Favourite thing to do in my job: Analyse my data - both numbers and words
About Me: I'm a mental health researcher, doing a PhD in Manchester
I live with my partner, and 5 month old puppy Chihuahua-Pug (Chug) puppy, Luna, in Salford. I’m a big lover of reality TV, my all time favourite show being Love Island. I’m half Australian and I love to play netball.
My Work: I'm a PhD student exploring suicide and aggression in prisoners
I am a PhD student, funded by the MRC, at the University of Manchester. My PhD is in the division of Psychology and Mental Health. I am trying to find out what might cause suicide and aggression in prisoners – as we know that suicide and aggression happen more often in prison, than outside of prison. I’m using interviews and questionnaires to try and figure this out.
My Typical Day: My typical day would consist of chatting to prisoners about their feelings
My typical day involves speaking to prisoners about their feelings, and any suicidal or aggressive behaviour they might have been involved in. Typically, I will speak to 2 prisoners a day, for 3 days a week. On the other 2 days a week I will be working on writing research papers, inputting data, analysing data, and being involved with lots of discussion about my research – such as taking part in ‘I’m a Scientist’!
What I'd do with the prize money: I'd like to do something which combines science, mental health and the arts
I’d like to get the public interested in mental health research, using the arts to do this. Specifically, I’d like to put on some sort of play which would share what prisoners have told us in interviews, to try to raise awareness of suicide in prisons, and to inspire people to tackle some of the causes of suicide in prison.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Inquizzitive, friendly, passionate
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
As a teenager I received some Psychological counselling and this inspired me to learn more about Psychology, and what we can do to help boost people's mental health
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
A child Psychologist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes - I always used to get thrown out of class for chatting too much! Nowadays, my role as a PhD student encourages me to chat about the things that I am passionate about, which suits me great!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Probably some sort of writing job - maybe journalism?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Sticky Fingers (Australian band)
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelled around South East Asia on my own
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy, healthy and successful
Tell us a joke.
Did you hear about the claustrophobic astronaut? He just needed some space