Senior Researcher and Course Director, MSc Translational Health Sciences
I am a cognitive psychologist with a background in attentional control, behaviour change and the use of qualitative methods to develop interventions. My interests are varied and include social prescribing, health behaviour change, and novel methods of supporting well-being and mental health.
I direct the MSc in Translational Health Sciences, which explores the social science of innovation. I am a module lead for the Behavioural Science and Complex Interventions module, which focusses on translating cutting-edge research into effective healthcare interventions.
I’m the primary investigator on the following projects:
- Psychological Aspects of Vision Loss (PAVL) – a qualitative study looking at the effect of vision loss on mental health
- The Yarnfulness Project – a science engagement and research project looking at possible benefits of creative activities such as knitting or crochet
I am also interested in evaluating the effects of creative activities from a social and cognitive perspective. I am collaborating with colleagues at Royal Holloway University of London and University of Southampton on a project called 'Crafting Heritage for Wellbeing in Iraq’, which will explore the effect of heritage-related creative activities on wellbeing for people in Iraq. I am also collaborating with several Oxford museums and the Oxford Playhouse on evaluating a programme of arts and creative activities to promote well-being in people with a mild cognitive impairment.
PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF VISION LOSS
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Ferrey AE. et al, (2021), BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 21