Research Associate, DECIPHer
My current role within DECIPHer involves conducting public health improvement research within the fields of child and adolescent development, social care and education. I support the development of peer-reviewed publications and government reports using data generated by the School Health Research Network. My research interests are in the area of improving outcomes for children, with a focus on children and young people 'looked after' and adopted.
2014 - 2018 PhD titled ‘Parent-child relationship and mental wellbeing among adoptive families’ - Cardiff University, School of Psychology
2013 - 2014 MSc Social Sciences Research Methods (Distinction) – Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences
2009 - 2012 PgDip Therapeutic Counselling – University of South Wales, Newport.
2002 - 2005 BSc Psychology hons (2.1) – University of Plymouth
Honours and awards
2019 Haydn Ellis Prize for best PhD, Cardiff University
2018 ‘Best presentation’ Cardiff University Speaking of Science
2017 ‘Best poster’ Cardiff University, School of Psychology Postgraduate Conference
2015 ‘Best Student Project’ National Social Services Conference
2008 – 2013 Research Officer/Trial Manager – Swansea University, School of Medicine
RCT evaluation of the Family Links Nurturing Programme (FLNP) across four South Wales sites.
2008 - 2008 Research Associate, University of East Anglia,
Extensive qualitative evaluation of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) in Wales.
2006 – 2007 Communities Research Support Officer – Caerphilly County Borough Council
Research with deprived communities, including survey design, collation of statistics and focus group methods.
2005 – 2006 Research Assistant, Dartington Social Research Unit
Experience on a wide range of quantitative research projects aimed at improving outcomes for children.
KEY ORAL PRESENTATIONS
2018 EUSARF, Porto - ACEs in a sample of UK children adopted from care: the moderating role of adoptive parental warmth
2018 ISPCAN, Prague - The prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences in a sample of children adopted from care
2017 Speaking of Science, Cardiff – The mental wellbeing of adoptive parents
2016 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, London - Indicators of adversity and child mental health in an adopted sample
I am particularly interested in the relationship between aspects of family functioning and children’s psychological well-being. My PhD utilized data from the Wales Adoption Study, focusing on the experiences and of families following an adoptive placement.
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