I graduated in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University (St. Hilda’s College) in 2002. I went on to do a PhD in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the University of Birmingham, in which I investigated route-learning techniques for people with acquired brain injuries, using non-immersive virtual reality software.
In 2007, I returned to Oxford University where I worked as a postdoctoral researcher, and then as a senior postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry. There I carried out large scale web-based surveys of online gamblers, investigating problem gambling, motivations for gambling, comorbid mood and substance use disorders, and participation in other online activities. I also worked on a study of the health experiences of professional footballers in the UK. In 2013, I moved to the Nuffield Department of Population Health at Oxford University, where I worked on a qualitative study of treatment outcomes in schizophrenia.
I worked as a psychology lecturer at Staffordshire University from 2014-2017, where I continued my research into gambling behaviour, branching out to begin exploring the links between gambling and gaming. I moved to Wolverhampton University in 2017 to join the CRUW, as a lecturer in Cyberpsychology. I am module leader for our level 6 undergraduate Cyberpsychology module, and contribute to all of our MSc Cyberpsychology modules, leading the module on Applied Cyberpsychology. I also supervise projects at all levels, and teach research methods.