My current research interest is the mental health and wellbeing of university students, academic identity and community belonging. Together with Yvonne Skipper I am Principal Investigator on the project “Why Not Me?” which is funded by a Scoping Award from the Society for Research in Higher Education. “Why Not Me?” explores the development of students’ academic identity and their sense of belonging and membership of school-level communities.
I also have broad interests in Medical Law, Mental Health and Negligence. My other current project (with Claire Melia) explores the concept of understanding in consent, and how the various frameworks on understanding in law intersect. I am also interested in the legal issues created by genetic technologies and genomic medicine.
I have written on clinicians’ liability to family members for nondisclosure of genetic risks; liability to parents for negligent communication of neonatal genetic information; nondisclosure of genetics and concepts of harm in negligence; and consent to innovative medical treatments (with Tina Cockburn). I was a co-investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Seminar Series 2015-2017 ‘Liability v Innovation: Unpacking Key Connections’.