My research interests broadly are in imagination, well-being, depression, and intrusive memories after trauma. I am excited about the possibility of science-driven, scalable interventions to improve people's mental health.
I'm currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Emotional Mental Imagery Lab (EMIL), headed by Prof Emily Holmes. My main role is leading the technical development of a massive open online course (MOOC) to provide education about mental health after trauma.
I completed my BSc at the University of Western Australia, with a triple major in Zoology, Conservation Biology, and Science Communication. For a while I worked as a science journalist at Australian Geographic, writing about anything from giant ancient marsupials to lost indigenous languages.
After my interests shifted to psychology (thanks, Oliver Sacks) I did a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, then moved to New Zealand to do my PhD at the University of Auckland. My thesis focused on the relationships between mental health and imagination for personal goals.
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