I am an applied neuropsychologist and clinically focussed researcher. Specialising in the field of traumatic brain injury, I am particularly interested in: (1) emotional functioning after brain injury, including the awareness, recognition, expression, and regulation of emotions; (2) the neurobehavioural legacies of brain injury; (3) perceptions and misconceptions surrounding brain injury, and (4) decision making in the criminal justice system for defendants who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.
I also have experience of developing specialist tools for use in brain injury assessment and rehabilitation, including the ‘St Andrew’s – Swansea Neurobehavioural Outcome Scale’ (SASNOS). Available in seven languages (English, Welsh, Spanish, French, German, Danish, and Bengali) and used on an international scale, the SASNOS provides health professionals with a unique basis for treatment planning and evaluation, allowing rapid identification of rehabilitative goals and detection of meaningful change.
Connected to my interest in emotional functioning, I am also interested in the emotional mechanisms and interoceptive processes underpinning emotional eating and ‘feeling fat’. Gaining a deeper understanding of such mechanisms can help in developing strategies and interventions to reduce overeating.
I also have other active lines of enquiry, including research projects exploring the role of bilingualism in cognitive function (incl. validating clinical neuropsychological assessments in Welsh speaking populations), the use of clinical decision support tools to determine need and eligibility for continuing healthcare funding, the impact of maternal birth experience on perceived infant temperament, and the influence of psychopathy on juror-decision making.
More broadly, I am keen to establish interdisciplinary work at the boundaries between scientific disciplines, to explore new ways of engaging with the wider public to ensure research outcomes are accessible to everyone, and I am committed to raising aspirations in under-represented groups in higher education.