I am a post-doctoral researcher with experience working as a psychologist. I am interested in mental health conditions in children and young people and the relationship between mental and physical health. I joined the R&D Unit in April 2022, and have started working with the team on the ‘Longitudinal outcomes of Gender Identity in Children’ (LOGiC) Study.
After completing my undergraduate studies in psychology, I went on to complete my doctoral research at the University of Sydney, based at the Centre for Kidney Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. My doctoral thesis focused on patient and recipient experiences of living kidney donor transplantation, particularly focusing on barriers, disparities and psychosocial outcomes. During and after completing my PhD, I also worked as a research assistant on various projects focused on the psychosocial outcomes for children and young people with various chronic health conditions e.g. kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy and lymphedema. I have primarily used mixed-methods and qualitative methods.
Between 2018 and 2020 I completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University, in Sydney. As a psychologist, I have worked and trained across various settings including private practice, public hospitals, a practising research clinic and a children’s health service charity. From my research and clinical experience, I have developed a particular interest in child development and mental health and enjoyed working with children, young people and their families in areas including neurodiversity, anxiety and mood disorders and gender identity.