Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Portsmouth
I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010 having left a career in social care, where I specialised in Early Help practice. Having gained this coal face experience, I now apply theoretical and empirical research to practice, focused on children and families leading complex lives. Now a Doctor of Education and a Chartered Psychologist my current research interests include:
- Parenting teenagers misusing drugs
- Change and transformation in complex families (Family Stories Project)
- Researching with children and young people (from question to authorship)
As a senior fellow of Advance HE I have held a number of course leadership roles. My teaching is focused on children and families, safeguarding and psychology in practice settings. I take a strong interest in building our academic community, and in the well-being of our students.
The UK has seen a sharp increase in teenage drug use in the last few years: the NHS reports that 37% of 15-year-olds have used drugs, and that deaths resulting from drug use are at their highest since records began in...