I have a wealth of academic and professional experience in the health and social care field. I studied a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Winchester University specialising in developmental psychology, statistics and forensic psychology. Whilst studying my degree, I completed a piece of research investigating the cognitive development of infants and presented my results at a conference held by the British Psychological Society.
I continued with my studies, completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of West England. During this qualification, I carried out research investigating intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
I have worked in a range of different settings supporting individuals with complex needs from psychiatric intensive care units to youth offending institutes. My main areas of expertise are criminology, health and social care, and psychology; I have a particular focus on the causes and treatments of maladaptive behaviour. My interest in this area comes from working with repeat offenders, recovering addicts and individuals with mental health issues. This has given me the insight to gain a real understanding of these issues.
Due to my experience working in health and social care, I can bring lessons to life by providing real case examples of the theoretical content within the curriculum. I have taught at Andover College for the last six years and I particularly enjoy the community ethos of the College where students receive lots of help from the lecturers which supports them in exceeding their expectations.