I am a Professor of Psychology and Health with particular expertise in ageing, sexual and reproductive health, well-being, and gender.

My work addresses inequalities in healthcare and wider society, and tackles negative social stereotypes and harmful discrimination that individuals can face. It is firmly embedded within a human rights framework.

As well as conducting research, I write about and create educational resources that promote understanding of ageing sexuality for professionals and the public, and which ultimately support mental well-being and human relationships. Check the ‘more’ menu tab to view my publications, blogs, and media stories.

A hugely important part of my work are the collaborative projects with partners within and outside of universities (e.g. NHS doctors and nurses, service providers, policy makers, artists, community groups). We have worked together to co-develop innovative resources that support healthy ageing and build inclusive societies.

I work at the University of Sheffield in the Division of Nursing & Midwifery (Health Sciences School) where I am Director of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Prior to that I was departmental lead for postgraduate research students, and departmental lead for the research ethics and governance.

External to the University, my other current roles include being part of the Task & Finish Group which designs the Menopause Care suite of educational materials (Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health), and the Executive Committee which oversees sexual health across Sheffield (Sheffield Sexual Health Network). I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My PhD and BSc (Hons) are in Psychology (Sheffield Hallam University); my doctoral research was one of the first studies to explore women’s lived-experiences of dance drug culture in the 1990s. The findings provided a counter-narrative to the negative gender stereotypes of women drug users that prevailed at the time. I am from a working class background and the first member of my family to go to University.

This website includes blogs and other information from my programme of work. Take a look around (use the menu above or tag cloud below), and feel free to connect through LinkedIn, Twitter, or through this website.

She Inspires Girl Up Award (winner 2022) celebrates an exceptional woman who has been kind and supported other women to achieve their goals

National Sexual Health Awards (finalist in the micro influencer category 2021) recognises excellence in sex-positive education and information

British Psychological Society Public Engagement Award (winner 2021) recognises and rewards members who undertake excellent communication of psychology with the public

Supervisionary Award (four consecutive years), University of Sheffield, recognises good all round supervision that has made a big difference to doctoral students

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