BSc (Hons) MSc
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
I am in my third year of training at the institute and I am currently on my final placement in the Specialist Surgery Psychology Team at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. In this placement I work with individuals from across the lifespan who have a cleft palate or facial palsy or a genetic condition called NF2. This involves providing a psychological perspective within surgical clinics and offering therapy outpatient appointments to those requiring an ongoing psychological intervention.
Training has widened my interests rather than narrowed those I had developed prior to training. However, I still have specific interests in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation following brain injury, the application of psychological therapies to clients with hearing impairments and the role of compassion in the provision of healthcare in the NHS.
My dissertation focuses on psychosocial well-being in Multiple Sclerosis. Firstly I am conducting a Systematic Review exploring the risk factors for anxiety in Multiple Sclerosis, Secondly I am carrying out a qualitative study exploring the role of parents may have in assisting their adult son or daughter to adjust to living with a chronic illness.
PUBLICATIONS and presentations
Parker, C., McNeill, A., & Ratschen, E. (2011, September). Audit of procedures related to tobacco dependence support and smoke-free policy in adult mental health settings. Poster session presented at the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Antalya, Turkey
Parker, C., McNeil, A., & Ratschen, E. (2012, March). Implementing tobacco dependence support in mental health inpatient and community settings: A UK experience. Poster presented at the Fifteenth World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Singapore.
Parker C., McNeill, A., & Ratschen, E. (2012). Tailored tobacco dependence support for mental health patients:a model for inpatient and community services. Addiction, 107 (Suppl. 2), 18–25.
Parker, C., & Ratschen, E. (2011) Smoking in mental health –time to quit taking it for granted. The Psychologist, 24, 230-231.
Ratschen, E., Parker, C., & McNeill, A. (2011, September). Tobacco dependence treatment for mental health patients – barrier to implementation and actions to overcome them. In Baker, A., & Richmond, R. (Chairs), Killing them with kindness: underserved populations. Symposium conducted at the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Antalya, Turkey.