My research is focused on work that can be applied to increase positive community outcomes for people with criminal justice involvement. To date this has involved international and multidisciplinary collaborations to understand why some people stay an above average length of time in forensic services, risk assessment in forensic occupational therapy, and intervention development within community criminal justice services.
My research has been funded by the EU via a COST action, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists via an Innovation Award. and completed my doctoral research with an NIHR Fellowship (Integrated Clinical Academic - Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship). This allowed me to continue in my clinical role whilst completing my PhD.
I am a board member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Board for Research and Development and a member of the Research Working Group for the NHS England Secure Care Clinical Reference Group for Secure Care .
I have a of decade clinical experience working in adult and forensic mental health services, specialising in working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder. I am a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
I am a lecturer on the pre-registration masters programme for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work, and lead on practice placement education for occupational therapy.