I went to the University of Birmingham and Aston University for my education
BSc, MSc, Ma, PhD, FHHE, MBPsS
University of Birmingham
I am a researcher in Birmingham, I am interested in how people think and feel.
I live with my husband who is also a researcher. I have a pet cat called Raja (like the tiger from Aladdin) who lives with my parents. I love to bake and cook for my family- but I also love eating out. I have watched FRIENDS on repeat several time and enjoy a good Netflix binge. I like to spend my free time painting, reading, doing nail art, yoga and planning fun things to do with my friends.
I am a behavioural researcher-this means that I spend my time talking to people or asking them to write their feelings. Then I look at what they have said or written and try to understand what it all means. I share what I find with the people at work but also across the world so that we all know what it feels like to be in a particular situation. An example of this is speaking to women who are about to have their babies, so we know if they are happy or sad when they go to the hospital or what their experience was like.
My Typical Day
My day is different every day! Sometimes I am speaking with people in their homes, at the hospitals or I am at my desk doing lots of writing and looking at people's writings/what they have said. During the Autumn and Spring I teach students about health and the skills they need to talk to people about it.
Usually when I get to work the first thing I do is organise my things, put on my humidifier and answer my emails. Then I will take a short break and start doing the tasks that I have set for myself. Sometimes in the day I will have a meeting at the University or at a hospital and sometimes I will have to go teach students.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would design my own work so that I could explore the really interesting emotions people experience
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
open minded, creative and fun
What did you want to be after you left school?
a scientist or a cartoonist for Disney
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No I was a prefect
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
upside down yoga
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be doing more drawing and painting, to eat lots of different foods, to be able to research anything I want!
Tell us a joke.
what did the right eye say to the left eye? something between us smells