Trying to sort out my misbehaving computer.
EducationSt Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol (1988-1995), University of Leeds (1995-1998), University of Bristol (1998-1999), University of Bath (2003-2007)
QualificationsGCSEs (10), A levels (3), BSc Psychology (Hons) 2:1, MSc Health Psychology (Distinction), PhD in Psychology
Work HistoryAvon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (University of Bristol), Bristol Research into Alzheimers and Care of the Elderly (University of Bristol), Pain Management Unit (University of Bath), Department of Psychology (University of Bath), Department of Psychology (Bath Spa University), Open University
Current JobSenior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bath
I work in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. I am also a member of the Centre for Pain Research group at the University of Bath. That’s a research group for people who research pain like me.
Favourite thing to do in my job: Reading!
About Me: I live with my family in Bath and do research which helps children and young people whose lives are affected by ongoing pain.
I live near Bath with my husband and children (they are 8 and 10). We don’t have any pets although my children are constantly asking for some rabbits. I would love to have some rescue rabbits again, we will see!
I love travelling and have taken the children to Canada and Lapland. They loved it and so did I. It was truly beautiful and we even saw the Northern Lights. That was out of this world and make you feel really small in the scheme of nature and life. I also really loved the snow and definitely want to visit Scandinavia again in the winter. The sledging was amazing, you are never too old!
I also really like being outdoors and try and go for a social walk at lunchtime with colleagues if I can. I also like running although would not describe myself as a runner. I am pretty slow but really like running in green areas, pavement running bores me. I always have to have music unless I am running with a friend.
I like cooking if I have time and make a mean banana loaf. It’s my fail safe thing to make. It’s pretty much guaranteed not to go wrong!
My Work: I am a researcher who works with young people who experience pain and their parents.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. This means that my job involves teaching and research. I am also a Health Psychologist. I teach mostly on the Masters in Health Psychology.
Research wise, I do research which helps to better understand how having long term pain affects children and adolescents as well as their family members. My work helps to look at how we can better support young people who experience pain and their families. I work closely with healthcare professionals who offer treatment services for young people with ongoing pain and their parents.
My Typical Day: Teaching, writing and skyping colleagues to discuss research ideas. After work, seeing what my children have been up to at school!
I suppose that a typical day involves teaching. I teach on the Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Bath. I try and make my teaching as interactive as possible and use lots of youtube clips to bring concepts to life. Sometimes I even ask my children to help me to prepare pictures or material for lectures I want to give to my students. The Build A Bear scene below was a lot of fun for them!
If teaching in the morninng then I try and go for a walk at lunchtime with people that I work with. It’s a good chance to chat and be outside plus do some exercise (ish). We are quick walkers! After lunch I usually check on recruitment of studies we are running or talking with one of my PhD students about their projects and how things are going. After all that, I will do some writing about my research. This might mean writing part of a scientific paper I am preparing to send to an academic journal to describe the results of a research study I have conducted or working on an application for funding for future research. I usually write in my office although sometimes write in coffee shops if I really need to focus and not get distracted.
When I get home I like to hear what children and husband have been up to all day. Once my children are in bed I might watch some tv (The Apprentice is a guilty pleasure) or catch up on adult household stuff!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Thoughtful, determined and inquisitive
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
This is hard as so many people along the way like my parents and previous supervisors. I knew that I wanted to work in the area of pain when I went to an interview for my Research Assistant job. I loved the team and knew then that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my career.
What was your favourite subject at school?
English literature although I loved history (still do).
What did you want to be after you left school?
A journalist. Clearly the writing element applies now!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, I was seriously well behaved at school. I was a prefect.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I don't really have a favourite singer or bands. I do like to dance in the kitchen with my youngest though (the older one is less keen usually).
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I saw whales off the coast of Vancouver in summer 2018. I have seen them before but it was so much fun with my children (and husband) as my children have never seen them before. I love being out on a boat in the sunshine and seeing wildlife. It ticked all the boxes.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To own a boat, to travel more (really fancy New England in the fall one day) and to live long enough to see my children doing things that make them happy.
Tell us a joke.
Where do cows go at the weekend? To the moo-vies (courtesy of my youngest daughter)