Lecturer in Psychology
College of Human and Health Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602898
Room: Unoccupied - 721A
Seventh Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

I am a lecturer in psychology and I teach on our BSc and MSc programmes. I am a biological psychologist with expertise in nutrition and mental health. My PhD focused on the associations between the gut microbiome and depression, and my other areas of research interest include omega 3 fatty acids, nutrient supplements, inflammation and immune function, and links between autism and the gut microbiome.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nutrition
  • Human gut microbiome
  • Immune function
  • Depression

Publications

  1. The Emerging Field of Nutritional Mental Health: Inflammation, the Microbiome, Oxidative Stress, and Mitochondrial Function. Clinical Psychological Science
  2. A randomised trial of nutrient supplements to minimise psychological stress after a natural disaster. Psychiatry Research
  3. & Systematic review of evidence to support the theory of psychobiotics. Nutrition Reviews 73(10), 675-693.
  4. & A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum for the symptoms of depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 51(8), 810-821.
  5. & Appropriateness of different pedagogical approaches to road safety education for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Research in Developmental Disabilities 70, 85-93.

Teaching

  • PS-117 Statistics and Research Methods

    Statistics and experimental methods are at the heart of the empirical discipline of psychology and this module introduces students to selecting and conducting simple statistical tests. Through hands-on practical classes and workshops this teaches how to design studies, collect data, understand ethical issues, and use both parametric and nonparametric quantitative methods to test hypotheses. Students will also learn how to prepare a practical report and discuss and interpret experimental data.

  • PSA117 Statistics and Research Methods for Joint Honours

    Statistics and experimental methods are at the heart of the empirical discipline of psychology and this module introduces students to selecting and conducting simple statistical tests. Through hands-on practical classes and workshops this teaches how to design studies, collect data, understand ethical issues, and use both parametric and nonparametric quantitative methods to test hypotheses. Students will also learn how to prepare a practical report and discuss and interpret experimental data.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Admissions team - Department of Psychology

    2018 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2016 2018 Senior Research Assistant University of South Wales
2015 2016 Associate Research Fellow Exeter University