My research is in the area of improving outcomes for children, with a focus on parenting and adoption. I am particularly interested in pre and post support for adopted children and their adoptive parents and how this relates to placement success. I am also interested in therapeutic programmes and their effectiveness.
Selected publications (2014 onwards)
Full list of publications
Cited on the ITV news http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2017-07-17/more-support-for-adoptive-families-in-wales/
Research topics anc related papers
I am particularly interested in the relationship between aspects of family functioning and children’s psychological well-being. My PhD utilizes data from the Wales Adoption Study, focusing on the experiences and of families following an adoptive placement.
Newport Local Authority. 2013. Examination of recruitment to and retention of parents on parenting programmes in Newport.Economic and Social Research Council, 2013. Doctoral studentship
BSc (hons) Psychology from Plymouth University
PgDip in Therapeutic Counselling (integrative) from University of Wales, Newport
MSc Social Sciences Research Methods (distinction) from Cardiff University
'Best Student Project' - National Social Services Conference 2015
Dec 08 – Sept 13 - Research Officer/Trial Manager – Swansea University
April 08 – Nov 08 - Research Associate – University of East Anglia
Sept 06 – Sept 07 - Communities Research Support Officer - Caerphilly County Borough Council
Sept 05 – Sept 06 - Research Assistant – Dartington Social Research Unit