During my time at Oxford University I conducted studies of blood supply to the brain during exercise in humans. I also travelled to Lima, Peru where I was a research assistant high altitude medicine for Carlos Monge.
After graduating from in medicine from Oxford in 2000 I worked with Pat McGorry (who later became Australian of the year) and became a Research Fellow of the University of Melbourne. Whilst there I led some research looking in detail at the period leading up to depression in adolescents.
I then went to Bogota, Colombia as a visiting Professor and completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Spanish. I led some research surveying trials from low and middle income countries and evaluating there relevance to mental health need. I spoke as an expert at local and International conferences
I completed my training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London where I co-founded and led a mental health link with Somaliland which introduced mental health teaching in Somaliland. I gained experience at the Department of Health with the then National Director for Mental Health, Louis Appleby. I was also competitively selected for Preparing to Lead Mentorship Scheme with NHS London, a program aiming to develop clinicians with the potential for significant trust or strategic level management and leadership responsibilities.
I have since worked as a consultant psychiatrist. My research has included risky driving in the military and the benefits of health links. My research skills include qualitative analysis, surveying and systematic reviewing, international health and medical education.
I am currently an editor for the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group