Rachael Stickland

Research student, School of Psychology

Research summary

My PhD project involves  investigating mechanisms involved in neurovascular coupling (the relationship  between neuronal activity and subsequent changes in cerebral blood flow), using  MEG and fMRI neuro-imaging methods. I aim to investigate how this coupling  might be impaired by the inflammation of the CNS, by studying a multiple  sclerosis population.

Teaching summary

2016-2017
Postgraduate tutor  for Year 1 Psychology Undergraduates, supporting the PS1014 module. This  involves delivering 12 tutorials across the autumn and spring terms, marking  student’s practical reports and exams.

2015-2016
Statistics Advisor  for Year 1 Psychology Undergraduates (for the module  Research Methods in Psychology, Level 4) Practical Statistics Support for Year 2  Practical (with Dr Christina Demski, Level 5)

Undergraduate education

Oct 2010 – June 2013: BSc  Psychology, University of Reading (First Class Honours)

Awards/external committees

July – September 2012:  Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship, University of Reading, with Dr. Arpita  Bose

Employment

May 2013 – July 2014:  Research Assistant, University of Reading, School of Psychology and Clinical  Language Sciences, with Dr Arpita Bose and Dr Holly Robson. Part funded by the  British Academy.

Research interests

Research topics and related papers

My PhD project involves  investigating mechanisms involved in neurovascular coupling (the relationship  between neuronal activity and subsequent changes in cerebral blood flow), using  MEG and fMRI neuro-imaging methods. I aim to investigate how this coupling  might be impaired by the inflammation of the CNS, by studying a multiple  sclerosis population.

Funding

Wellcome  Trust 4 Year Integrative Neuroscience Scholarship (October 2014 – September 2018)

Research group

Neuroscience

CUBRIC

Supervisors

Main Supervisor: Prof. Richard Wise

Co-Supervisors: Prof. Krish Singh & Dr. Valentina Tomassini (MEDIC)

Research collaborators

Dr Ilona Lipp