Research

I am a Research Assistant at Coventry University and Zipabout Ltd. Prior to my PhD, I worked as a Senior Research Assistant at the University of Southampton.

Teaching

I have experience lecturing, facilitating workshops/seminars and marking student assignments on MSc Health Psychology and BSc Psychology modules.

Other

I really enjoy volunteering, I have been a Research Student Representative for CUSU, and I LOVE reading, painting and making jewellery.

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Zipabout Ltd

October 2020 - Present
  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines
  • Write and contribute to publications and reports
  • Assist in preparing funding applications
  • Help to prepare interview schedules, survey items and participant documentation
  • Conduct interviews/focus groups with participants
  • Compile and analyse data for reports
  • Adapt existing, and develop new, research methodologies and materials
  • Prepare working theories and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining theories as appropriate
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects; help to develop ideas for generating research income
  • Carry out collaborative work for projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups

Research Assistant, Coventry University

October 2020 - Present
  • Conduct interviews/focus groups with participants
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Write and contribute to publications and reports

Senior Research Assistant, University of Southampton

July 2015 - December 2016
  • This diverse role included planning and developing new digital interventions to help patients self-manage long-term health conditions using the person-based approach to behaviour change. Simultaneously, I conducted qualitative face-to-face and telephone interviews to investigate patients and practitioners’ views of various interventions to inform changes for the projects main trials. My additional responsibilities included; trial management of multiple projects, producing ethical applications and documentation, managing multiple trial databases, recruitment, screening potential participants for intervention eligibility, and patient user support for online interventions. I also supervised volunteer research assistants on various research projects.
  • During my role, I worked in large multidisciplinary teams, including regularly liaising with grant holders, co-applicants, PPI representatives, research fellows, and organisations from the third sector (e.g. Breast Cancer UK, MacMillan etc.).

Research Assistant, University of Southampton

May 2015 - July 2015 (voluntary)
  • In addition to the projects outlined above, I also worked on the MOCAM study investigating the non-specific effects of treatment for low back pain in physiotherapy, osteopathy, and acupuncture. I volunteered for three months and was subsequently offered a paid position one day per week alongside my Senior Research Assistant role at the University. My responsibilities included assisting in recruitment and trial management for this large mixed methods study. I also aided in improving patient recruitment strategies used in this study by investigating the barriers and facilitators to recruitment, and re-designing materials to maximise participant enrolment.
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Teaching

Supervisor

  • Nuffield Research Placements, Nuffield foundation, Supervised two A-level students for a 4-week summer research project, August 2018.

Lecturer

  • M97PY: Interactions and Outcomes in Healthcare Practice, MSc Health Psychology, delivered three 2-hour lectures; ‘Adherence to medical advice and medications’, ‘Screening and preventive medicine’, and ‘Specific needs of children’, February 2018.

Workshop tutor and essay marker

  • M139PY: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods, MSc Health and Forensic Psychology, 12 weeks, 2-hour workshop, January - March 2018
  • 253PY: Solving Psychological Problems, 2nd year BSc Psychology, 12 weeks, 2-hour workshop, October - December 2017,
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Seminar tutor

  • 122PY Research Methods and Academic Skills for Psychologists, ‘Independent and paired samples t-tests’ (May 2017), Coventry University, 1st year BSc Psychology, one-off 2-hour workshop.
  • Skills training programme, ‘Project and Time Management’ (November 2016), University of Southampton, MSc Health Psychology, one-off 2-hour seminar.

Other Skills and Achievements

Skills and Training

  • Associate Fellow to the Higher Education Academy, AFHEA (July 2017)
  • SPSS statistics software (quantitative data analysis)
  • NVivo qualitative analysis software (qualitative data analysis)
  • LifeGuide Authoring Tool (design and programming skills)
  • Panopto (video platform for training, teaching, and presenting)
  • Endnote and RefWorks reference manager
  • Introduction to Good Clinical Practice eLearning (Primary Care; November 2015)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work, University of Southampton (May 2016)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
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Volunteering

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Arty-Folks (Nov 2020 - present)
    As a member of the board I support staff and assisting with the running and decisions of the charity in any way I can with my skill set.
  • e-Mentor, University of Southampton (Apr 2020 - present)
    Develop connections and professional relationships with students and alumni of the University of Southampton. I offer valuable advice to students and alumni, and share my skills and knowledge to mentees.
  • British Lung Foundation Healthcare Professional (2018 – present)
    As a British Lung Foundation (BLF) Healthcare Professional, I support the BLF with fundraising, including raising £220, increasing awareness of lung conditions (e.g. COPD) and regularly updating the BLF.
  • Research Student Representative for Coventry University Student Union (2017 – 2019)
    As a Research Student Representative, I attended regular meetings and forums to provide positive and constructive feedback representing the research students at Coventry University. I represented the student voice for wider issues contributing to University changes such as the rules and regulations for Postgraduate researchers at Coventry University. I represented the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences as Senior Rep for 2017/2018.

Awards and Achievements

  • Postgraduate Research Rep of the Year, Coventry University Student Union (December 2018)
  • HLS Faculty Associate Dean's Award, Coventry University Student Union (December 2018)
  • Rep of the Month, Coventry University Student Union (June 2018)
  • Research Forum of the Year, Coventry University Student Union (May 2018)
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