The overarching aim of my research is to assess whether relationships between health behaviours and mental health outcomes are causal, and to investigate the direction of these relationships.
Lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, drinking alcohol and using other substances are often found at higher levels in those with mental health problems such as depression or schizophrenia. Understanding the direction of causation in these relationships is not simple. Associations seen in observational data could be driven by other factors confounding the association, reverse causation, or due to bias. Understanding the causal nature of these relationships is key to informing public health prevention strategies.
I am currently leading a workstream aiming to assess whether associations seen between lifestyle behaviours (such as smoking, alcohol use or illicit drug use) and mental health outcomes are causal in nature. This workstream is part of Professor Marcus Munafo's programme in the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit.
My PhD used the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children to investigate associations between adolescent tobacco and cannabis use, and later psychotic experiences and depression.
I have written and taught two lectures on Science Communication as part of the MSc course. These will cover writing for print media, social media, and writing press releases.
I have taught on the School of Social and Community Medicine short course 'Appraising Epidemiological Studies', and have given a number of blogging masterclasses at various Universities around the country, and for the Guardian newspaper Masterclass series.
During my second year of my PhD I was a lab demonstrator for the 2nd year psychology undergraduate labs.
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Currently, my main interests are in the field of language. I am working with Jeff Bowers and Sven Mattys in the language group on an ESRC funded project looking at the impact of early language experience on later language ability. We are interested in investigating whether populations exposed to a subsequently 'lost' language show benefits in perceiving and potentially understanding subtle auditory differences in that language later on in life. As well as this I'm aiding Hans Stadthagen with his current research.
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