Institution: Adolescent Behaviour and Child Development Lab, University of Otago, New Zealand.
Supervisory team: Dr. Damian Scarf; Professor Sunny Collings.
Position: PhD Student.
Current research: I am interested mental health and well-being within adolescent and emerging adult populations. In particular, I am interested in how early life experiences, particularly those that are adverse or traumatic, can shape development. My PhD research seeks to explore real-time suicidal ideation and behaviour in students as they transition from high school to University.
- Individual experiences during periods of significant life adjustment (e.g. high school to University, University to Work)
- Real-time assessment methods
- Childhood adversity, Attachment, and Resilience
- Theoretical models of suicide
Can help with: Science communication, especially trying to simplify complex theory into “lay-person” terms for non-academic outputs, teaching, and funding proposals. Data organisation and setting up systems that make data collection and entry a more streamlined process. I am currently extending my knowledge of R, statistical modelling, and research designs.
What’s essential to your well-being? Variety is the key! I like to keep busy and so, outside of work you’ll often find me playing sport (running, rugby, and football[soccer]), playing or teaching bagpipes, or curled up on the couch with a good book in hand. In the office, I try to set mini-goals to achieve each day that contribute to the longer-term goals. I make sure to take time to go for a short walk, grab a coffee, or have a chat with lab mates so that there is more to work than just staring at papers or a screen. And whiteboards – if I’m ever in a state of brain block, you’ll often find me scribbling on a whiteboard trying to make sense whatever I’m working on..
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