Counselling Psychologist, University of Strathclyde

Chartered (British Psychological Society) and Registered (Health and Care Professions Council) Psychologist currently working in Private Practice, Stirling and at Strathclyde University leading the Professional Practice Module on the Clinical Health Psychology MSc.

With a background in research, I gained a PhD in visual perception/cognition at Glasgow University in 2003. Current research interests include medical psychology. I am passionate about using psychological knowledge to improve both the quality of care and the wider experience of living with a heart condition from birth. As a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Suffolk's Congenital Cardiac Research Centre my experience in this area bridges academia, lifelong personal experience and engagement with key stakeholders and policy makers. Through my involvement in a number projects, including co-creating the photography exhibition Scarred FOR Life, I have established a growing network of collaborators who share my interest. I am always interested to find out about innovative approaches and ideas.

Experience

  • –present
    Counselling Psychologist , Strathclyde University

Education

  • 2015 
    British Psychological Society , C Psychol, Professional Qualification in Counselling Psychology
  • 2005 
    University of Dundee, MSc Psychological Therapies in Primary Care
  • 2003 
    University of Glasgow, PhD by research in Psychology
  • 2000 
    University of Stirling, BSc (1st) in Psychology

Publications

  • 2016
    A Controlled Trial of a CBT Group for Women with Low Self Esteem, Clinical Psychology Forum
  • 2015
    The heart of medicine: growing up with pioneering treatment, BMJ
  • 2015
    Improving wellbeing and self-efficacy by social prescription, Journal of Public Health
  • 2014
    Addressing the Psychological impact of Living with a Heart Condition from Birth., Cardiology News
  • 2012
    Publication Preview Source Healing Hearts and Minds, The Psychologist
  • 2011
    An Evaluation of a CBT Group for Women with Low Self-Esteem, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • 2011
    Can Interpersonal Psychotherapy meet the Psychological Cost of life gifted by Medical Intervention?, Counselling Psychology Review
  • 2004
    Task requirements modulate feature integration, Journal of Vision
  • 2003
    Attention enhances feature integration, Vision Research
  • 2002
    Attention modulates the binding of information across the 2-D visual array, Perception
  • 2002
    "Superstitious" perceptions to depict pure internal object representations, Journal of Vision
  • 2002
    Attention modulates perceptual asynchrony in binding, Journal of Vision
  • 2001
    Category knowledge can form prior constraints on scene recognition from luminance and chromatic cues, Journal of Vision

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist - British Psychological Society
  • Counselling Psychologist - HCPC