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I am currently a senior research assistant in the Northumbria University psychology and communication technology (PaCT) lab. I have joined a multi-disciplinary research team on an externally funded (EPSRC) project developing a remote system for self-assessment of chewing – the long-term aim being intervention development to explore and address chewing difficulty and related wellbeing and quality of life parameters.  I have been involved in university psychology teaching and research since around 2015 after several years as a dentist in general practice and as a health promotion specialist at community and strategic levels.  My PhD involved an extensive PPIE-guided exploratory study of eating experience with early intervention development for people with Sjogren's syndrome. This included application of a novel ethnographic methodology - foodplay.


Research interests

Quality of life, clinician-patient interaction, long-term illness experience - including self-management and remote systems, intervention development, PPIE and person-centred research, and broader oral health, eating experience, health psychology and related themes.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Northumbria University

Oct 2017May 2024

Award Date: 1 May 2024

Psychology, MSc, Health Psychology - with Distinction, Northumbria University

Sept 2015May 2017

Award Date: 19 May 2017

Psychology, Diploma, Conversion for Postgraduates - with Distinction, Open University Milton Keynes

Feb 2010Dec 2013

Award Date: 31 Dec 2013

Health Education, PGDip, Health Education and Health Promotion, Leeds Beckett University

Sept 1994Jul 1995

Award Date: 21 Jul 1995

Other Medical Subjects, Other Undergraduate, Degree: BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) , University of Sheffield

Sept 1986Dec 1990

Award Date: 10 Dec 1990


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