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Research interests

My research focuses on the interaction between emotion and cognition, and particularly on identifying cognitive mechanisms that underpin the onset and maintenance of maladaptive thinking patterns (e.g., worry, rumination) in young people. My PhD research has investigated how anxiety affects young people's working memory performance, and in particular, their ability to selectively focus their attention and resist interference from distraction. Alongside work to identify behavioural indices of anxiety-related working memory impairment, I have also conducted large-scale surveys of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people's psychological wellbeing and cognitive function. More recently, I've been involved in participatory research projects (co-produced with young people) that sought to creatively explore everyday experiences of repetitive negative thinking and mental health support

Keywords

  • working memory
  • attention
  • anxiety
  • mental health
  • Co-production
  • Participatory research
  • Young people

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