School of Psychology
Darwin Building DB219
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Subject Areas: Allied Health, Biosciences, Health, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Psychology
Expertise: Psychophysiology, Behavioural neuroscience, Psychopharmacology, Neuroendocrinology, Medicinal plant extracts (essential oils), Research Methods and Health Psychology.
Current areas of research include Clinical research: Quality of life and death in MND patients and Carer burden. Laboratory based research: psychophysiology/ psychopharmacology, plant extracts and behaviour, Anxiety.
Lecturer in Psychobiology in the School of Psychology at UCLan.
Recent Research into the Quality of Life and Death of Motor Neuron Disease Patients and also the effects of carer burden in motor neuron disease patient carers in collaboration with NHS consultant Neurologist Dr Suresh Chhetri
Thesis Title: The effects of essential oils on experimental models of anxiety.
This involved the validation and use of models of anxiety to test the efficacy of medicinal plant extracts (essential oils) both acute and chronic administration and compared with commonly prescribed medication. Utilisation of various models confirmed Lavender and Rose oils efficacy as anxiolytics. Although there were gender differences in effects.
Previously have collaborated on projects investigating the effects of ecstasy on memory and the measurement of drugs in hair and urine.
Have also worked in the Immunoassay industry as a Research and Development Biochemist.
Membership of professional and learned bodies
Member British Psychological Society – Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist.
British Neuroscience Association- Member
Society for Medicinal Plant Research (Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzenforschung e.V.)(GA)- Member
European Behavioural Pharmacology Society
Association of Technicians in Psychology (ATsiP) - committee member: Academic Technical Liaison
Clinical: Collaboration with Consultant Neurologist, Dr Suresh Chhetri: Investigations into improving Quality of Life and Death in MND patients and alleviating Carer burden in MND carers
Laboratory: The effects of plant extracts on various psychological and psychophysiological parameters.
Teaching Activities and Responsibilities
Teaching Mainly Psychobiology (neuroscience, psychopharmacology and psychophysiology) at all levels and some Research Methods. Module leader for Advanced Psychobiology.
Association of Technicians in Psychology (ATSiP) Annual Conference, Staffordshire University (June, 2015). Psychophysiological measures in the psychology laboratory.
First International Lavender Conference, Clare College Cambridge University (September 2009). The effects of Lavandula angustifolia on experimental models of anxiety.
British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) day conference, Liverpool Medical Institution (April 2009). The effects of orally administered lavender in response to mood eliciting film clips on male and female participants
British Psychology Society Conference, Brighton (2009). Plants and the brain symposium: The effects of orally administered lavender in response to mood eliciting film clips on male and female participants (See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7977562.stm).
British Psychology Society, Psychobiology Meeting Low Wood September (2008): The effects of orally administered lavender in response to mood eliciting film clips on male and female participants.
Faculty of science annual research day 2007 and Department of Psychology annual research day (2007): The effects of Lavandula angustifolia on laboratory induced anxiety in human participants.
GA post graduate symposium, Helsinki (2006): Anxiolytic effects of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) odour on the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) elevated plus-maze.
UCLan Faculty of Science annual research day conference (2006): The effects of Rose (Rosa Damascena) essential oil odour in the Mongolian gerbil black/white box, a model of anxiety.
Department of Psychology annual post graduate student research day (2004): The effects of lavender on the elevated plus maze, an animal model of anxiety.
British Neuroscience Association Harrogate (2003). “The Effects of Rose (Rosa Centifolia) and Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Oil Odours in Two Tests of Anxiety.”
UCLAN Faculty of Science annual research day conference (2004). The Effects of Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) Oil Odours in Two Tests of anxiety.
UCLAN Faculty of Science annual research day conference (2005). The effects of prolonged exposure to lavandula angustifolia on the elevated plus maze, model of anxiety.
GA annual meeting Helsinki (2006). Anxiolytic effects of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) odour on the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) elevated plus-maze.
All fees paid by ATSiP to attend the ATSiP conference at Staffordshire University (2015) as a conference speaker.
Travel Grant to attend Planta Medica conference, Graz. (2007).
UCLAN annual post graduate conference (2006). Best overall oral presentation. (Talk entitled: The effects of Rosa damascena in the gerbil black- white box, an experimental model of anxiety.)
Travel Grant to attend Planta Medica conference, Helsinki. (2006).
Travel Grant to attend British Neuroscience Association Conference, Harrogate. (2003).