I’m currently Lecturing in Psychology here at LJMU. I started here in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher, working with Francis McGlone and Susannah Walker on a Leverhulme Trust grant, researching the role of serotonin in psychological responses to affective touch.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology and Physiology at The University of Manchester. My undergraduate degree included a placement year working for Boehringer Ingelheim in Germany, researching small interfering RNA technology.
Following my undergraduate degree, I moved into clinical research and completed my PhD researching neurobiological mechanisms of affective touch and their role in depression at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit, The University of Manchester. I remained at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit for my first postdoctoral research position, investigating the neurobiology of resilience to depression.
My research is focused on neurobiological mechanisms of C-tactile afferent (CT) responses. I am particularly interested in the role of serotonin in the encoding of CT stimulation, with a view to understanding the importance of CT activating touch in the promotion of general well-being and prevention of psychiatric disorders for which deficient serotonin function is implicated.