Lecturer in Health Research, Lancaster University

As a cultural and health geographer I have an ongoing interest in psychoanalytic geographies, innovative methodologies in creative arts, narrative research, sensory and ethnographic research. My research is informed by both psychotherapeutic theory and methods (in particular Object Relations Theory), and more recently in health and place work by Therapeutic Landscapes and Attention Restoration Theory. I have a background of many years experience in healthcare working in humanistic psychotherapy and homeopathic medicine. My research has covered areas of mental health and place including natural landscapes as working space, mental health and well-being in older people, effects of play space on mental health in young people, therapeutic landscapes, and in end of life care.

My research interests have led to a number of research grants that broaden my methodological approach to working with people and their experience and perception of health and place across the lifecourse. This includes research with children on disaster, risk and resilience in a UK and EU wide context; young people, their mental health and use of woodland as greenspace; with older people in various contexts including the benefits of gardening, conservation volunteering, older men on the Men in Sheds Age UK programme and research with people with dementia. Other research interests as part of the International Observatory on End of Life Care include narrative and end of life experience in various UK and global settings.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Health Research, Lancaster University