My primary range of teaching is in the areas of Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology and Neuroscience at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. My background is in the biopsychosocial regulation of stress responses in laboratory and naturalistic settings and I also have an interest in the COM-B model and its application to behaviour change. I have published in the areas of areas of psychophysiology, psychoneuroendocrinology and psychosocial factors in stress. I have worked with TV production companies on health science programmes (e.g. BBC1 (Wall to Wall) - The Young Ones Ep4: The Science of the Young Ones and Ch4 (Watershed) - Richard Wilson On Hold.
I have held a number of Course Director Roles while at UCLan (MSc Health Psychology, BSc Clinical Psychology and interim MSc Applied Clinical Psychology). I am currently engaged in the development of a new Associate Practitioner Psychologist programme in partnership with a number of NHS trusts.
Prior to my undergraduate psychology degree at Birmingham University I qualified in Mental Health Nursing and worked in the NHS. After graduation I was awarded an MRC studentship at St George's Medical School, University of London under the supervision of Andrew Steptoe, where I conducted a longitudinal study of haemodynamic and endocrine stress responses in a cohort of London firefighters. I was awarded a A Leverhulme fellowship to conduct follow-up research before a postdoctoral job with Anke Ehlers and David Clarke in the Welcome Research Unit of the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford. This was followed by a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University, where I set up my own psychophysiology lab. After five years at Penn State I came to UCLan. My main activities since coming to UCLan have been in the areas of programme development for BPS accredited professional training routes in Health Psychology and more recently the development of Clinical Psychology programmes.
- BSc Psychology, Birmingham University 1988
- PhD Psychology, St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, 1994
- BPS Chartered Health Psychologist (DHP) 2001
- HCPC Registered Psychology Practitioner approximately 2004 - current
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy