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Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology+44 (0) 191 33 47971
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing 


Having previously worked as a researcher in Phase IV clinical trials (University of Surrey) and in the field of alcohol addiction (University of Sussex) I completed my PhD in 2017 at the University of Exeter. My PhD investigated predictors of depression in people with coronary heart disease, with a particular focus on the role of repetitive thought. Subsequently I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. I joined the Department of Psychology at Durham University in 2020, initially as Assistant Professor (Research) in Applied Health (funded by the NIHR North East and North Cumbria Applied Research Collaboration) and more recently as Assistant Professor in Mental Health.

Research profile

My broad areas of interest are in mental health, addiction, psychological medicine and health psychology. I am particularly interested in factors that influence the development and maintenance of depression in people with chronic physical illnesses, and in the impact of mental health comorbidities on health and treatment outcomes. I am also interested in understanding common mental health conditions in other special populations.

Research interests

  • Predictors of common mental health conditions
  • Depression and anxiety in people with long term conditions and in other special populations
  • The impact of comorbidity / multimorbidity on mental and physical health
  • The role of repetitive thought (e.g. rumination, worry), problem solving, cognitive biases and inflammation in explaining depression
  • Understanding and evaluating psychological interventions and treatments for substance use disorders
  • The use of ecotherapy and nature-based interventions for improving mental wellbeing
  • Learning, cognitive and biological mechanisms involved in alcohol addiction


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