I'm a linguist and discourse analyst interested in how people use language to construct identities and experiences, especially in relation to health and illness. I hold a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Nottingham and I've worked in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University since 2018. I've written/edited four books on language and health communication: The Language of Patient Feedback (2019); Corpus, Discourse and Mental Health (2020); Analysing Health Communication: Discourse Approaches (2021); and Obesity in the News (2021). I’ve also authored over forty peer-reviewed articles/chapters in this area, as well as on topics such as extremist language, language ideologies, gender and sexuality, and payday lending. In 2021 I secured a £1 million UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, which I will use to examine public communication around dementia in the UK between 2022 and 2025.