My work centers on understanding the neurological and psychological consequences of poor sleep that from insomnia, chronic sleep disruption, and acute sleep deprivation. I am particularly interested in the complex interrelationship between sleep and mental health. Sleep and mental health have an intuitive association, yet we know little about the causal and temporal trajectories by which this relationship operates.
I completed my Master's in Clinical Neurology at the University of Sheffield before joining The Sleep and Circadian Neurosciences Institute at the University of Oxford where I completed my PhD in Clinical Neurosciences. During my PhD i conducted a program of research examining the underlying neural mechanisms through which sleep deprivation confers risk for depression, and how we may alleviate this risk in clinical populations. I continue to conduct research in this field, and I was recently awarded a research fellowship grant from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to extend the research in this field. My current research program focuses on how sleep disruption affects sensitivity to both mood and pain. This includes large scale laboratory studies in healthy volunteers who undergo experimental sleep deprivation, and treatment studies in individuals with insomnia.