I have recently completed my PhD (Oct, 2019), which is focusing on the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on parents, their parenting and their wider family dynamic. My interest is understanding how parents themselves feel their PTSD as affected them as individuals, as well as their parenting behaviours. I am also interested in parenting within different cultural contexts, some of my research has been conducted with parents in a township called Khayelitsha, located outside of Cape Town.
Alongside my PhD I also managed a research project based in the Kingdom of Lesotho, South Africa. This project was investigating the cultural practice of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. We were interested in speaking to local mothers to understand why they believed it was acceptable to drink predominantly home brewed alcohol during their pregnancy.
Currently, I am working as a Research Fellow for the University of Aberdeen. I am a project manager for a randomised control trial called The Mellow Babies trial, which aims to investigate the effectiveness of a parenting intervention on mothers' mental health outcomes, as well as their child's developmental outcomes until the child is 18 months of age.