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.

I have created intervention approaches for working with children and families, and my pilot project GEMS: empowering transition to sustained change with complex families is currently in place in Portsmouth with the Early Help and Prevention service.

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