Having grown up in care system myself, I am interested in improving health outcomes for looked after children. I am currently undertaking a PhD at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, at the University of Oxford. My research looks at the health experiences of children and young people in care with a view to making recommendations to policy makers. I have been awarded a doctoral scholarship through the Society and Ethics programme from the Wellcome Trust. I am supervised by Professor Judy Sebba, Director of the Rees Centre and Dr Nikki Luke, Research Fellow at the Rees Centre.
By writing blogs about my experience of abuse and growing up in care, and by sharing examples from my social care files I hope to influence knowledge and training about looked after children. I want to eventually develop a career in academia. I will focus on research that will investigate complex and important issues for looked after children and young people with the aim of improving the lived experience of the care system.
I hold a MSc in Health psychology and a BSc in Applied Psychology and Sociology from the University of Surrey. In 2013 I was awarded the Ann McPherson fellowship and worked as a research assistant for the Health Experiences Research Group in the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford.