Background: I started my academic life at Swansea where I got my first degree in Psychology. I went on to do my MSc in Applied Psychology and my PhD is in Human Geography. I have held various research and teaching positions including Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies. As well as core Psychology modules I teach across areas of ethnicity, identity, gender, migration, ageing and Islam. 

Research interests: mental health, ageing, ethnicity, religion, gender and place. 

I have worked in London and Wales, and recently I delivered a brief intervention to patients who present with self harm and suicidal ideation at mental health services across Carmarthenshire. Findings from the project entitled SWISH (Social support and Wellbeing Intervention following Self Harm) can be found following my research details.

I am Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences and this means my teaching covers a broad range of areas. I lead the ‘Equality, Diversity and Citizenship’ module and teach across other modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health and Social Inequalities
  • Ethnicity and Race
  • Mental Health
  • Police and Mental Health
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Self Harm
  • Gender
  • Ageing
  • Identity
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Muslims in the UK
  • Impact of place on outcomes
  • Pyschosocial approaches


  1. (2018). Burqa comments like Boris Johnson’s are pushing Muslims to reassert their identity.
  2. (2018). The UK can’t truly celebrate International Women’s Day until women are equal with each other. The Conversation
  3. & Investigating the feasibility of an enhanced contact intervention in self-harm and suicidal behaviour: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial delivering a Social support and Wellbeing Intervention following Self Harm (SWISH). BMJ Open 6(9), e012043

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Key Grants and Projects

  • NISCHR Social Care Research Award 2013

    Principal Investigator (2013-2016), £258.547

  • NISCHR Social Care Fellowship Award 2014

    Principal Investigator (2015-2019) - Experiences and understandings of dementia among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Groups in Wales: community, individual and inter-generational perspectives, £239,239

  • Principal Investigator 2018 - 2019

    An evaluation of Gwent Police mental Health Triage Service, £42,500

  • ESRC Social Science Festival 2018

    Remaking Home: Refugee and Asylum Seeker Experiences , £800