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Academic Biography

I came to the North East in 2002 from my homeland Denmark (via Belgium, where I lived for a while) to study Psychology. I graduated from the University of Durham with a BSc (Hons.) and worked as an Assistant Psychologist in research and later several years in brain injury rehabilitation. It was the latter work, which spurred my interest in psychosocial adjustment to chronic conditions.

In 2010 I graduated from Teesside University's Doctorate in Counselling Psychology Programme. My Advanced Independent Work was a Grounded Theory study into adjustment to living with Type 2 diabetes and I proposed a process model of adjustment to chronic conditions. After my Viva I attended the Division of Counselling Psychologists Annual Conference in Glasgow, where I won an award for best research poster.

Shortly before graduating from the Doctorate I started working as a Specialist Psychologist in Pain Management at University Hospital of North Durham (County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust). Apart from the core clinical work within a multidisciplinary team I was involved in the development of an innovative, experiential group intervention for people living with chronic pain. It was intended as a behavioural pain management programme for people, who for various reasons might find it difficult to benefit from a standard educational programme.

For a period I was also R&D / Clinical Governance lead and supervised colleagues doing service evaluations and audits.

In my current role as Senior Lecturer on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology I am module leader of Concepts in Counselling Psychology (1st years) and Professional Roles and Relationships (3rd years). I supervise Doctoral research on both the Counselling Psychology course and on the Professional Doctorate in Psychology (a top-up Doctorate course for professional Psychologists).

Organisationally, I am Chair of the Counselling Psychology Forum North East (CoPFNE), a regional group of the Division of Counselling Psychology.

I am British Psychological Society (BPS) representative on the NHS England Specialised Pain Clinical Reference Group, a national level expert advisory group.

Summary of Research Interests

I have always been interested in the links between physiological and psychological function, including psychoneuroimmunology.

As mentioned above, my main area of research is into psychosocial adjustment to living with chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes and chronic pain) and I have a particular interest in the role of attachment and stress in this context.

Current research includes analysis of qualitative data from a previous study, using framework analysis. The aim is to map the data onto the Integrative Model of Adjustment to Chronic Conditions (IMACC) - please see my publications.

I am associate member of FUSE The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

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