Trainee Clinical Psychologist
I am in my second year of clinical psychology training. I'm currently on placement in two learning disability services; a community team and a specialist intensive support service for people who are at risk of losing their placement.
My interest in psychology began while working as a teaching assistant within a special needs department. Following this I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Southampton and subsequently my masters in Developmental Psychopathology at Durham University.
Prior to training I had a variety of job roles. I initially worked as a floating support worker helping individuals with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties move to live independently in the community by gaining their own tenancy and supporting them to increase daily living skills and look into valued role and activities within the community. I also spent time as a voluntary research assistant on a project investigating emotional prosody deficits in Parkinson's disease and volunteering for the charity AFFECT who support the families of people within the criminal justice system. My last role before training, was as an assistant psychologist in an acquired brain injury service which led to my interest in neuropsychology and health psychology.
I have an interest in community psychology and the wider environment and social influences on health, particularly; governmental policy and role of income inequality on health outcomes. My dissertation will aim to explore the impact of recent changes to the welfare system, especially those to welfare benefits, for individuals with mental health difficulties