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at a glance

Research Experience


2016 - Present


By far the most stigmatised chronic muskuloskeletal pain condition, fibromyalgia, remains unexplained and misunderstood. My research aims to bring attention to how mental health shapes the pain of fibromyalgia sufferers. No, not because it's "all in your head" but because in the absence of successful treatment, adjuvant pain management is needed.

2016 - Present


Studying the relationship between anxiety and pain perception, both through an experimental human model of anxiety, as well as through observations of sustained anxiety evoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2014 - Present


Trained in multimodal neuroimaging and neurostimualtion methods, including EEG, f/MRI, tACS/tDCS, and rTMS. 

Have confirmed the existence of my brain.

Professional experience

Professional skillset at a glance

Establishment of a new laboratory

(from safety assessments and ethics to equipment purchase, pilot testing and staff training.

Complex analysis (mixed-effects modelling, Bayesian inference)

Experiment design (MATLAB)

Programming (R, MATLAB)

Dissemination of findings (written & oral presentations)

Mixed research methods 

(experiments, qualitative research, Delphi surveys)

Public engagement  (patient support groups, university outreach)


2021 - Present

Project Coordinator, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

Research Fellow, EPIC, University of Plymouth, UK


2019 - 2020

2014 - 2015

Kirralise Hansford, Lab RED Research Assistant

Imogen Payne, Lab RED Research Assistant

Joshua Ainslie, Placement Student

2015 - 2016

Thomas Burgess, Final Year Project

Abby Clarkson, Final Year Project




English (proficient)

Russian (native)

German (intermediate)

Bulgarian (native)


2016- 2021

Ph.D. in Mental Health & Chronic Pain

Defended in March 2021! 🎉 I studied how experimental anxiety and anxiety, evoked by the COVID-19 pandemic, modulate pain perception of patients with fibromyalgia. 

2016 - 2017

PGCert in Academic Practice

Master's level British teaching qualification at higher education. Completed with Distinction, part-time alongside of Ph.D. Awarded title Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

2012 - 2016

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Completed with First Class. Second year in Western University, Canada with focus on neuropsychology modules. Third year on professional placement in the University of Plymouth. Dissertation awarded the prize for best final year project in neuropsychology.

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