About Me

Before joining the medical workforce, I completed my PhD in psychology at the University of Roehampton in London, where I focused on methodological issues in the qualitative method Conversation Analysis through the analysis of psychotherapy and everyday interactions. I am now a psychiatry registrar in Sydney, Australia with a strong research and teaching background in public health and health communication. I believe in engaging with multiple, overlapping subject areas and reject the idea that researchers should hyperspecialize, neglecting the many factors that go into an individual or community's experience of health or even a single condition. As a result, my work integrates many aspects of health, incorporating communication and social determinants of health as well as ethical and methodological issues. I am committed to the idea that one should use methods appropriate to the research question rather than attempt to mould research questions to preferred methods. I am thus experienced in a range of research methods, including conversation analysis, experiments, survey research, systematic reviews, grounded theory, program evaluation, and other qualitative and quantitative methods. I enjoy engaging with innovative research and bringing students into the interesting and expansive world of research.

I have a very similar clinical approach in that my top concern is doing what is best for the person in front of me, which does not always mean I get to use the most familiar or comfortable therapeutic approach for me but that which is best aligned with the person's concerns, ways of thinking, and ability to usefully engage with various approaches or ideas.