I was born in Northern Ireland and still spend much of my time walking along the coastline when I'm home. I didn't stay in one place very long, having moved around the UK until I was 18, and including my recent move to Vancouver, Canada.

I started my career in psychology by studying an undergraduate degree in the beautiful city of Chester, England and a postgraduate certificate in counselling and psychotherapy in London. I taught psychology at university, completed research for the UK National Health Service (NHS), and worked with families in the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for several years prior to pursuing a PhD.

For my PhD, I researched the concept of sexual violence from multiple perspectives. I produced a wide ranging, interdisciplinary, and intersectional analysis. I found the topic fascinating and was excited to meet others who had dedicated their careers to the prevention of violence.

My PhD in psychology was conferred by Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in 2013. I then moved back to Chester for a brief period to work as a lecturer, before relocating to Vancouver in 2014. I began work at Simon Fraser University as a Research Manager, examining the connections between environment, health and gender. I also work at the University of British Columbia, working towards the completion of my second book, ‘Psychology and Gender Dysphoria: Feminist and Transgender Perspectives’.
Education
PhD Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2013
PGC Teaching & Learning in HE, University of Chester, 2014
PGC Counselling & Psychotherapy, Regent's College, 2005
BSc Psychology, University of Liverpool (CC), 2005
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Discourse analysis, qualitative research methods, online research, transgender and feminist psychology, gender identity, sexuality, sexual violence and abuse, critical and community psychology.
Personal Interests
I am a big hockey fan and love watching my favourite teams play. I support the Vancouver Canucks and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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