Deputy R&D Manager
Place of work / study:
Research & Development Department, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Lancaster University
Area of Research:
Illness perceptions & dementia
How is your work funded:
Employed by NHS, however PhD is self-funded
Tell us a little about yourself:
My background is in Health Psychology with specific interests in health beliefs of people living with chronic conditions. I have a particular interest in dementia research and I am currently studying for a PhD in Mental Health, exploring illness perceptions among people with dementia and their caregivers and the impact this has on their help seeking behaviour. I am also a qualified psychotherapist, specialising in bereavement and trauma work. I am also a volunteer bereavement counsellor for CRUSE bereavement services. Before joining SABP R&D department in October 2013 I worked in Oncology research for the Royal Marsden Trust and in Diabetes Research within the psychological medicine department at Kings College London.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I like to wear quirky earrings; I have ice creams, cup-cakes and lollipops!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Personal experience of being a carer for a loved one with dementia, plus having a background in mental health/psychology.