CLAHRC for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 746117
My research interests reflect my academic background in psychology and criminology and my professional and personal experiences as a clinical and forensic psychologist with men and women with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
At present, my main interests lie:
- at the intersection of clinical and legal studies, with recent studies focussing on the conceptualisation and implementation of different aspects of the Mental Capacity Act 2005; people with intellectual or other developmental disabilities (particularly autism spectrum conditions) as suspects, perpetrators, witnesses, and victims of exploitation, abuse, criminal offending or ‘challenging behaviour’;
- in the possibility of using transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation for treating aggressive behaviour in people with intellectual disabilities, autism, or acquired brain injury;
- in service provision for, and responses to, adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health needs and/or behavioural difficulties.
I am a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, a member of one of the three clinical themes, the Enduring Disabilities and/or Disadvantages Theme, which forms part of the NIHR’s CLAHRC for the East of England, and an ad hoc clinical advisor for the CQC and NHS England’s Care & Treatment Reviews.