Exploring post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic experiences in autistic young people
My PhD uses a mixed methods approach to investigate potential pathways of risk in autistic children for developing PTSD, and hope to inform how PTSD is recognised, diagnosed, and treated in autistic young people. I am part of the Re:Spect Research Group which my supervisor, Professor Francesca Happé, leads. I am also supervised by Professor Andrea Danese and Dr Freya Rumball.
My interests broadly revolve around widening the accessibility of mental healthcare, and I am committed to understanding how mental health develops throughout childhood and is influenced by co-occurring diagnoses and life events. Before my PhD, I worked as a research assistant at the Psychopharmacology and Emotion Lab (PERL) at the University of Oxford, focusing on the inflammatory mechanisms of depression. Prior to that, I gained a BSc(Hons) in Biomedical Science (Neuroscience) at Cardiff University and an MSc in Cognitive and Therapeutic Neuroscience from the University of Oxford.
Beyond my PhD work, I have enjoyed being an MRC-DTP student representative, volunteering as an honorary assistant psychologist for the National Psychology Clinic and hosting the Autism Research (ARCH) seminars for early career researchers. I have an interest in science policy and have been accepted into the UKRI Academy of Medical Sciences internship.
I chose the DTP because of it’s emphasis on translational research. I like that there is a general ethos encouraging you to explore different skillsets and to apply them in different contexts, be that within academia or outside it.
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