• The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

I completed my PhD as a member of the Elizabeth Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE) at the University of Western Australia in 2016. My research investigated relationships between biased selective attention and attentional control in elevated anxiety vulnerability.

After completing my PhD, I worked at the Western Australia Centre for Health and Ageing as the coordinator of a set of cognitive intervention trials aimed at alleviating depression symptoms amongst people with dementia.

In 2018 I re-joined CARE as a Research Fellow, where my research widely investigated the role of information processing on emotion and behaviour. During this role I also lectured undergraduate courses and supervised research students.

In 2022, I commenced as Lecturer at the University of Exeter, and I maintain an adjunct position at the University of Western Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

Adjunct Lecturer within the School of Psychological Science.

Research interests

My research aims to enhance understanding of how patterns of cognitive information processing, such as biases in the processing of emotional information, characterise and contribute to variation in emotional vulnerability and behaviour. My research holds a general focus on anxiety vulnerability and fear, but extends to interests in depression, consumption, and other emotional vulnerabilities and behaviours. 

Current projects

My current projects seek to investigate . . .

  • Patterns of appraisal and avoidance behaviours, and their modification, in elevated fear.
  • Biases in the processing of emotional information and their relation to emotional vulnerability.
  • The association between cognitive control and emotional information processing biases.
  • The consequents of pre-event cognitive processes upon the formation and experience of post-event negative thinking following emotional events.
  • The development of novel methods for assessing, and modifying, biases in information processing that characterise anxiety and fear.

Engagement

I serve on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.

I actively serve as peer-reviewer for a wide range of journals, including Clinical Psychological Science, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, BMC Psychiatry, and others.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Cognition
  • Attention
  • Mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Fear and phobia
  • Healthy ageing

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