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An interdisciplinary researcher with former Third Sector leadership and management experience and consistent ability in raising self-sourced funding, developing concepts from prototype to real world application. Working since 2019 alongside professorial experts in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in a context of health sciences, a core interest is towards the interactivity between people and technologies within intelligent environments. This has resulted in a portfolio of XR design innovations, through full-scale systems and involving 3D printed and wearable technologies, engaging with content developers (Adobe XD; Unity; Intuiface) and designers (Fusion 360; Shap3r; Procreate). These studies have generated new ideas and knowledge, received a 3* Research Excellence Framework (REF) recommendation and described by NHS and NIHR as having groundbreaking potential. Experienced in strategic management, adaptability, critical-thinking and multidisciplinary partnership building, between public, private or not-profit sector. National and international presentation of research findings and regularly published dissemination. A hard-working individual with a genuine focus toward developing the potential of others both at a collegial and community-levels with a diverse range of public and expert-by-experience involvement in studies.

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An interdisciplinary researcher who joined academia from the Third Sector as a registered charity founder and Chief Officer. This previous role involved the visionary transformation of a 10,000 sq. ft. derelict factory premises in a deprived local authority area, becoming a thriving alternative education platform supporting regional employment, equity agendas and engaging young people with a background of neglect and marginalisation. A core research interest stems from identifying trauma as a causal factor to a range of presentations of mental ill-health. This led to raising industrial sponsorship and a “beautifully articulated” viva voce defence, based on a thesis exploring the efficacy of immersive technology with participants whose experiences had severely impacted their lives. The study received a 3* recommendation for REF28-9. Transitioning to the faculty of Health and Life Sciences in 2022, funded by NHS England, recent research in 2024 is positioned between HCI and the cognitive sciences, designing and evaluating the use of digital tools for neurodiverse learners and organisational workforce based at the Nursing and Midwifery Competence Test Centre, in need of dynamic, intelligent systems to support wellbeing. A range of published comment and opinion pieces as well as current full journal papers are available, with consistent national and international presentation at conferences and invited seminar talks. Current NHS England contract ends March 2024.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Health Studies, PhD, Immersive Environments, Enactive Systems. The Timeline: Designing A Digital Experiential Intervention For Trauma, Northumbria University

30 Sept 20191 Oct 2022

Award Date: 1 Mar 2023

Social Studies/Science, MRes, Masters in Research in Social Science, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2018


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