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My research aims to investigate behavioural manifestations of addiction to specific hyperpalatable ingredients commonly found in processed foods, with reference to both food addiction diagnostic criteria and symptomology of comorbid mental health issues. As well as considering populations suffering with eating disorders and obesity, my research will also focus upon subclinical maladaptive eating behaviours within the general population and the impact of stress and environmental factors on these behaviours and overall wellbeing over time.
I recently obtained a MSc in Psychology from Kingston University in 2021, specialising in food addiction, eating behaviours and mental health. Since then, I have undertaken two Research Assistant positions within the health and forensic psychology departments at Kingston University. These studies involved examining occupational stress and health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and exploring attitudes and behaviours relating to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in adolescents and young adults. I also work as a researcher for Circadacare, a company that designs smart home products aimed at improving wellbeing amongst older adults and those suffering with dementia. Prior to my career change, I spent 10 years working as an auditor and Chartered Accountant in London. In my spare time I enjoy baking, photography and hiking with my dog.