I am a senior lecturer (Associated Professor) in Psychology in Education and I investigate the core neurocognitive mechanisms underlying well-being of children and adolescents. I examine modulations in these mechanisms by contemplative practices developing mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and other healthy qualities of the mind. I am particularly interested in neurodevelopmental trajectories of existential well-being linked to meaning and purpose in life. This research aims to contribute to broader understanding of changes in the mind and brain associated with well-being across the lifespan with implications for education and wider societal well-being. In my research I apply an integrative multi-method approach with primary focus on converging evidence from event-related brain potentials, psychophysiological markers, reaction time measures and self-report/informant report questionnaires.
I joined the Department of Education at York in 2018 and prior to that I was a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Bangor University. I have received a PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science (Cognitive Neural Systems Program) from the University of Arizona and have two master’s degrees, one in clinical psychology (Comenius University) and the other in cognitive psychology and cognitive science (University of Arizona). I have also studied philosophy of science and philosophy of mind at doctorate level. I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bristol and Bangor University.