I run the Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research. My main research focus is on understanding how people cope with difficult health-related conditions (with expertise in persistent pain). Interviews, discussions and observations help me to learn what helps or hinders peoples’ ability to cope.
As a researcher, I build theory and share my knowledge with fellow academics. As a practitioner, (I used to practice as a health psychologist in the NHS), I make sure that my research has practical application in the real world for practising health psychologists as well as policy-makers. As a teacher, I share my learning from both academia and practice to ensure that tomorrow’s health psychologists whom I am training are informed about evidence-based practice.
In addition to journal articles and chapters for edited collections, I have written books on Health Psychology (Palgrave MacMillan) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Singing Dragon), and I have co-authored a book about adolescent self-harm (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).