I am a Lecturer in Psychology, and I have an active research interest in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience.
I completed my BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology and my MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Durham. I stayed on in Durham for my PhD studies and I completed this in 2016. The title of my PhD thesis was “The neuromodulatory properties of gonadal steroid hormones with regard to individual differences in cognition and brain organization.”
In 2015, alongside writing up my thesis, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. I worked on a range of clinically oriented projects here, focussing on depression in elderly populations and bipolar disorder in adolescents.
I joined the School of Psychology, Sunderland, in December 2016. My main research interest is the role of gonadal steroid hormones (i.e. sex hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone) in functional brain organisation and cognition. For example, my thesis focused on the influence of oestrogen (particularly oestradiol) and progesterone on cerebral lateralisation, functional connectivity, and cognition in naturally cycling women.