Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher and Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Westminster

I graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA(Hons) in Applied Psychology and a PhD in Experimental Psychology with Professor Jenny Rusted investigating 'The role of the cholinergic system in human memory and attention.' My post-doctoral research position at the Psychosocial Oncology Group at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School investigated the cognitive effects of hormonal treatments in men with prostate cancer and women with breast cancer.

I am currently involved in research working with clinical populations including patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge; patients with memory impairments and patients with spina bifida and hydrocephalus at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and patients with specific neuropsychological deficits.

As a Cognitive Neuroscientist interested in Cognitive Rehabilitation my research interests include exploring the neuronal mechanisms underlying the cognitive enhancing effects of nicotine and Mindfulness Meditation and investigating executive function impairments and enhancement using virtual reality software with colleagues at the University of East London.

I am a Clinical Psychologist, a Mindfulness Meditation instructor, a trainee CBT therapist and I am a committee member of the Psychobiology Section of the British Psychological Society.

I joined the University of Westminster in September, 2004, I teach Cognitive Neuroscience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and I am the Course Leader for the MSc in Cognitive Rehabilitation.

My research focuses on impaired inhibitory processes in memory and executive function with a view to informing cognitive rehabilitation interventions. My research has focused on cognitive impairments in individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, on individuals undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and breast cancer, patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge; patients with memory impairments associated with Spina bifida, Hydrocephalus and Dementia at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, individuals with Schizophrenia and individual patients with specific neuropsychological deficits.

As a Cognitive Neuroscientist interested in Cognitive Rehabilitation my research interests include investigating executive function impairments and enhancement using virtual reality software with colleagues at the University of East London and exploring the inhibitory neuronal mechanisms underlying the cognitive enhancing effects of nicotine and Mindfulness Meditation.

I am currently supervising a Professional Doctorate in Mindfulness Meditation in the Workplace and I have supervised doctoral researchers who have completed their doctoral research in: Journeys towards well-being: Men, meditation and mental health. Retrieval Induced Forgetting in Depression and Schizophrenia.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience, University of Westminster