Jennifer is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Mental Health). Prior to joining Teesside University, Jennifer worked as a registered mental health nurse in a local mental health foundation trust. As Clinical Nurse Specialist/Team Manager for an adult autism service Jennifer completed diagnostic assessments, post diagnostic support for adults with autism spectrum disorder and offered specialist consultations for staff to develop and enhance their knowledge of autism.
Prior to this Jennifer’s career involved working with both males and females with offending behaviour or who may be at risk of offending across a range of environments including forensic inpatient services, police stations, courts and in the community.
Jennifer has an interest in adults who are at risk of offending as a result of their mental health and or autism and in supporting individuals to access their local community and support services by considering the required range of appropriate reasonable adjustments.
Jennifer’s MSc research explored the range of knowledge and understanding criminal justice staff have of autism spectrum disorders.
Since joining Teesside University in February 2019, Jennifer has developed and contributed to a range of pre-registration and foundation degree modules as well as developing and facilitating autism, learning disability and mental health masterclasses.
Jennifer is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Jennifer's PhD will focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder in the context of the Criminal Justice System.
Master, Teesside University
Award Date: 15 Aug 2016
Bachelor, University of Leeds
Award Date: 1 Sep 2006