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By training I am a social science researcher. I have good interviewing and research skills and have been working in the last few years to use creative methods (film making, theatre) to think about how we best communicate with a wider audience. As someone who initially trained in medicine I have a particular skill set which enables me to work with scientists and clinicians to produce web-content about medical or scientific themes. I have made a number of films for Epilepsy Research Uk about epilepsy and about people's experiences with epilepsy and have been developing my skills in animation and film making. I'm also currently working on a documentary and on a theatre script both about mental health related themes. I am particularly interested in using collage and found objects in my work and animation, and in blending animation and documentary style film making.
I work as a senior researcher at the McPin Foundation. I project manage a number of research projects looking at social approaches to mental health and co-produce the research with a team of researchers who have lived experience of mental illness. I have line management responsibility for my team. I am particularly interested in using creative methods and qualitative approaches to research, and am a skilled interviewer.
I conducted my PhD research into how stories and narrative may affect our perceptions of the world around us, and influence our attitudes and the way we think about things. During this time I became familiar with some narrative theory and with basic psychological concepts around persuasion.
I conducted a masters in socials science research methods which included learning interview skills, field work skills and desk research.
I studies medicine and psychology for 4 years including basic biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy (including full body dissection) and some aspects of psychology and psychiatry