I completed an honours degree in psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2008. Later that year I began studying for my Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Colin Espie. I was awarded a Ph.D. in psychological medicine in 2012. My research focused on defining phenotypical vulnerability to insomnia, investigating the interaction between personality, coping style and physiological response to stress (cortisol, fMRI, heart-rate).
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Education and Outreach Officer
- Associate Director (Online Programme in Sleep Medicine)
I have recently developed The Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine. This is an online, post-graduate course aimed at health-care professionals who wish to further their understanding of sleep, sleep disorders and treatments. The course is currently accepting applications for academic year 2017-18. Visit the website for more information or contact the team here .
I am also involved in the 'Teensleep' project. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and Education Endowment Fund. The project currently focuses on the effect of an education intervention about sleep, on sleep and then academic attainment and health outcomes in adolescents.
Educational Resources: What Makes Us Tick?
How do you know when it's time to wake up or go to sleep? More powerful than any alarm are your circadian rhythms. In this animation we take a look at how these rhythms work and what controls them, inspired by the TeenSleep project being carried out at the University to look at how later start times at school might affect achievement. To find out more about the science behind the animation visit http://www.oxfordsparks.ox.ac.uk/what-makes-you-tick