MY CV

Work Experience, Qualifications, Teaching Experience, Student Supervision and Funding

LECTURESHIPS/READERSHIP

August 2020 - present: Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool UK

Active international research with Sweden and South Africa, and various grant applications in process.Teaching on the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme (2nd and 3rd years), and on the MSc Brain and Behaviour programme.  Leader of BSc 2nd year Cognitive and Biological Psychology module; Leader of MSc Cognitive Neuroscience module.  Research activities include dissertation supervision, and currently collecting data on neural processes of impulse control associated with working memory - appetite disorders and responses to COVID-19 lockdown

August 2018 - July 2020: Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Teaching on the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme (2nd and 3rd years), and on the MSc Brain and Behaviour programme.  Leader of BSc 2nd year Cognitive and Biological Psychology module; Leader of MSc Cognitive Neuroscience module.  Research activities include dissertation supervision, and currently collecting data on neural processes of impulse control associated with working memory - appetite disorders and responses to COVID-19 lockdown


September 2014-July 2018: Cape Town, South Africa - Senior Lecturer

Co-leader of the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Group at the University of Cape Town, supervision of honours and post-graduate students, leading brain imaging studies examining the neural processes of alcohol use disorder, anxiety disorders and cognitive deficits.

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

September 2010-2012: Dept. of Neuroscience, Uppsala University, Sweden 

Neural processes associated with biomarkers of early risk for eating disorders in adolescents in Uppsala Lån, Sweden.  In addition, meta-analyses of brain imaging studies of eating disorders.

September 2012-2014: Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Neural processes of appetite control deficits in addiction (methamphetamine use disorder).  Utilising working memory training to improve impulse control for inpatients being treated for addiction.  

DOCTORATE

January 2005 - June 2010: Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK

Examining the neural processes of eating disorder symptomatology in adults with chronic anorexia nervosa

MASTERS

September 2002 - June 2004: Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK

MSc Neuroscience.  Dissertation project focused on cognitive-emotion interaction in people with anorexia nervosa: an experimental investigation using a subliminal working memory paradigm

TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS

September 2000 - June 2001: University of Greenwich, London UK

Post-graduate certificate in Education: Post-compulsory Education and Training, specialising in psychology

September 2011: Uppsala University, Sweden

Pedagogy course required to lecture at university in Sweden

UNDERGRADUATE

September 1996 - June 1999: University of Greenwich, London UK

BSc (Hons) Psychology, with Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society (gained Chartered Experimental Psychologist Status in 2011).

OTHER EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

May 2001 - July 2007:

Epping Forest College of Further Education - Psychology Lecturer and joint team leader.

August 2007 - July 2008: 

Aetiology and Ethnicity in Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses (AESOP) - Research Assistant, Institute of Psychiatry, KCL

August 2008 - August 2010:

Research Assistant, Academic Dept of Diabetes Research, King's College Hospital, UK

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN)

  • British Psychological Society (BPS Chartered: 109734)

  • Cortex Club South Africa

  • Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA: 0149527)

  • Liverpool Neuroscience Group (LNG)

  • Neuropsychoanalytic Society (NPSA)

  • South African Neuroscience Society (SANS)

FORMAL AFFILIATIONS

  • School of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

  • Department of Neurosicence, Uppsala University, Sweden

  • NeuRL Group, Department of Psychology, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa