I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Durham in 2009. After taking a year out working as an Assistant Psychologist for a charity providing vocational and community support for brain injury survivors, I started my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Durham in 2010, completing this in November 2014.
My PhD explored the use of monetary rewards on eye movements in neuro-typical human participants extending previously held knowledge regarding the effectiveness of rewards as a tool for behaviour change in neuro-typical populations and the application of reward-based training for sufferers of visual field deficits such as hemianopia.
From 2014 to 2018, I worked at the University of Durham as a postdoctoral researcher developing, disseminating and conducting research using an app to help compensate for visual loss associated with stroke.
My involvement with the development and implementation of rehabilitation paradigms for stroke survivors with visual loss has led me to question how factors such as motivation, competition and goal-setting can be manipulated to improve patient outcome. At best these psycho-social factors in rehabilitation are poorly evidenced and at worst, non-existent. My research aims to understand the interaction between concepts such as competition, collaboration, motivation, reward and goal-setting in order to apply these findings to patient populations.
I am a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, the British Psychological Society and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.