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Biography

I received my PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2010, followed by postdocs in UCL (2010-2012) and Cardiff University (2012-15). This work examined memory and decision making in people with neurological disorders, primarily temporal lobe epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. I was awarded a Welcome Trust fellowship followed by Welsh Government NISCHR fellowship in Cardiff, before joining the University of Manchester as a lecturer in 2015. 

My work involves using MRI and behavioural studies to examine how the brain supports memory and decision making.  As part of this, I have received the 'Alwyn Lishman award' twice from the British Neuropsychiatry Association (2009, 2016), the 'Charles Symonds award' from the Association of British Neurologists (2011)  and 'rising star award' from the journal Epilepsy & Behavior (2013). I am currently chair of the Communications committee for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (since 2018), chair of the BSc Psychology Teaching Board and was admissions officer for BSc Psychology from 2015-2020.  

Research interests

I work on the brain structure correlates of memory and impulsivity, including how these forms of cognition are affected in clinical disorders, such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. I am also interested in neuroimaging approaches to understanding inter-individual variation in memory, impulsive behaviour and stress-reactvity during normal ageing and its effects on cognitive health.

Teaching

Current:

2015-                     1st year Lifespan and Ageing, BSc Psychology (Unit Lead)

2015-                     3rd year Emotion, BSc Psychology                              

2016-                     Introduction to Cognition, BSc Psychology

2016-                     Neuroanatomy, MSc Cognitive & Clinical Neuroimaging

2015-                     Epilepsy & Memory, MSc Cognitive & Clinical Neuroimaging

Previously:

2014                      Memory function & dysfunction, MSc Neuroimaging
                             Cardiff University.

2014-2015              Statistics, BA/ BSc Psychology
                             Cardiff University

2013-2015              Neuroanatomy, MSc Neuroimaging, 
                              Cardiff University.

Additional Teaching

2014-                   Course Faculty, 'Visceral Mind' Neuroanatomy Course 
                            Bangor University

2013-2015             Neuroanatomy demonstrator, BSc Biomedical Science 
                            Cardiff University.

2005-2007             Neuroanatomy demonstrator, BMS & Medicine, 
                            University of Sheffield

Social responsibility

2016                      The Art of the Brain - event at Manchester Town Hall (part of "Brain Box")
                               Co-ordinator and presenter for outreach event with 5400 visitors.

2015-present          What do Psychological Scientists do? Manchester
                              Discussing careers in Psychology with ~400 A-level students (Organiser & speaker).

2015                      Epilepsy Action Wales member workshop, Cardiff
                              'Memory, stress and research in epilepsy' - (Organiser & speaker).

2014                      Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 
                              Public talk on "The Neuroscience of Stress and Memory, & Solaris (1972)"  

2013-14                 National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
                              Brain Games - demonstrating Cognitive Neuroscience techniques to ~2000 local children. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, University of Surrey

1 Aug 2019 → …

Honorary lecturer, King's College London

1 Jun 2016 → …

Honorary Research Associate, Cardiff University

21 Aug 201520 Aug 2018

Areas of expertise

  • QM Human anatomy
  • Neuroanatomy
  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry

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