PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC 1+3)
Department of Psychology, University of Bath
Start date: September 2017
Research topic: An Investigation into the role of trauma-related memory processes and emotion regulation in the mental health of young people in care.
My PhD will focus on understanding key memory processes (over-general memory and intrusive memories) associated with poor mental health following trauma. I am also interested in the role that emotion regulation may play in this link between memory processes and trauma-related mental health problems, particularly as poor emotion regulation is a central problem for young people in foster care. As well as this, poor emotion regulation presents across a range of mental health problems associated with memory processes, including PTSD, depression, and anxiety; making it a useful focus when exploring risk factors in this more complex sample.
Research supervisors: Dr Rachel Hiller, Professor Sarah Halligan