I am a PhD Researcher at the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). I secured my PhD Studentship as part of the interdisciplinary Technology for Healthy Ageing and Well-being (THAW) network. My primarily research focus is looking at how we can make online and other digitally delivered interventions more user-friendly and acceptable to older users.
In addition to my research I also work as part of NHS England’s Digital Innovation and Adoption in Psychological Therapies Expert Reference Group (D-IAPT ERG) which is tasked with helping the NHS to adopt digital technologies within its psychological therapy IAPT services.
Prior to becoming a researcher I spent 10 years designing and developing systems for public and private sector organisations. These include the National Health Service (South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation Trust, Burton Hospitals, The Regional Capacity Management Team), education (Birmingham Metropolitan College), councils (Staffordshire, Birmingham and Wolverhampton), retail (Argos Direct, Bibendum Wines Ltd) and video games (WaterMelon Corp).
I worked in the NHS for five years developing mental health systems at both a local and regional level. These systems served over 1.5 million service users. I am a champion of free healthcare and proud to have worked in the NHS.
I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in 2006 and made a good recovery. My experience left me compelled to utilise my intellect, experience and skills to move research of digital therapies forward and to contribute my findings to help evolve the discipline, and eventually benefit people not as fortunate as myself who continue to suffer.