I am currently completing my doctoral thesis following independent research for an interdisciplinary PhD exploring the bio-psycho-social experiences following a "gestnatal" death during adolescence, and the impact on the lifespan. This has been an evolutionary career path which combines my voluntary work supporting the terminally ill, those experiencing anticipatory grief, and the bereaved, and my significant work experience in project management, HR and Finance across all sectors in both the UK and the US. I am fascinated by human behaviour both individually, and within the bioecological systems, and passionate about education.
Dissemination of my research has included keynote speeches, academic conference presentations, journal articles (under review), and I create and deliver workshops, and training, both in person, and virtually.
I am also involved in the Inclusion in Education and Society (IES) research group at Trinity College Dublin, a contributing member of the dissemination team for the Continuing Bonds Project at Bradford University, a contributing member to a Science Gallery Network project with a global research initiative investigating the role of science & art and their contributions to the facilitation of grief and resilience, and I am currently involved in the focus group for the AHRC funded Dying to Talk? project at Bradford University.
I was commissioned to write Grief Demystified: An Introduction for Jessica Kingsley Publishers which was published worldwide in November, 2017. It has been endorsed by several world renowned experts in grief such as Dr Colin Murray Parkes OBE, Professor Robert Neimeyer, Dr Edith Maria Steffen, and Dr Debra Bassett. It has also been endorsed by Hospice UK, the British Association of Social Workers, the Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal and is recommended reading on a multitude of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
2016 - 2021
Trinity College, Dublin