Liza is a Chartered (BPS) and Registered (HCPC) Counselling Psychologist with a strong background in research. She leads the Professional Practice class as part of the team delivering the Clinical Health Psychology MSc at Strathclyde University. Liza gained her PhD in visual perception/cognition at Glasgow University, in 2003. Following which she qualified as Clinical Associate of Applied Psychology (CAAP) on the Stirling / Dundee University course (in 2006) and she was employed by NHS Fife's Psychology Department for over ten years as a CAAP. During this time, Liza provided psychological therapy, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) to adults presenting in Primary Care with a variety of mental health difficulties. Liza also contributed to various service developments including a Self Esteem Group for Women and a Cultural Prescribing Initiative. Latterly, she completed the British Psychological Society's Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP) via their independent route, qualifying as a Counselling Psychologist in 2015. Currently, Liza offers psychological therapy and clinical supervision in Private Practice. Her current research interest is medical psychology and includes using a Polyvagal lens to better understand the psychosocial impact of living with a heart condition from birth, the impact of patient clothing on wellbeing and recovery and using psychologically informed medical care to prevent medical trauma. Liza is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Suffolk's Congenital Cardiac Research Centre and her experience in this area bridges academia, lifelong personal experience and engagement with key stakeholders and policy makers. Through her involvement in a number projects, including co-creating the photography exhibition Scarred FOR Life, she has have established a growing network of collaborators. She has been working voluntarily, as Scottish Campaign Manager for The Somerville Foundation, to improve care for people living with a heart condition from birth since 2012.