My doctoral research concerns the neural, attentional and behavioural mechanisms underlying parent-infant interaction. This research has a specific emphasis on parent-infant interaction in the context of infant craniofacial abnormality, and the development of interventions to support these families. This work will form part of a larger project to elucidate the functional neuroanatomy of the human parental brain, and to understand how such mechanisms might function in the context of psychiatric disorder such as postpartum depression. I am funded by a Medical Research Council Studentship, and supervised by Professor Morten Kringelbach and Professor Alan Stein.
In 2013, I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Before commencing my DPhil I worked as a Graduate Research Assistant within the Hedonia: TrygFonden Research Group here at the Department of Psychiatry in Oxford. Specifically I worked with the Scars of War Foundation, using neuroscience to determine how trauma affects the brain.