Study Background: I am a clinical psychologist in a regional health setting. A significant proportion of my clinical work has been with people who have chronic conditions, and very often more than one chronic condition. In my role, people are referred for psychological intervention to assist them to manage comorbid mental health conditions or to support health behaviour change. This clinical role led me to discover motivational interviewing; a patient-centred communication style with the specific purpose of supporting a person to find their own motivation for change.
Current Projects: My PhD is an investigation into the applicability of MI for people living with multimorbidity, and in particular those with mental-physical multimorbidity. To date, I have completed a systematic review, and undertaken an observational study of routine primary care consultations in Glasgow. My next study will be examining the impact of brief MI training on the practice of primary care nurses working with people living with mental-physical multimorbidity, as part of the Target-D project.
Academic Aims for the Future: My aspiration beyond the PhD program is to lead research about mental health and health behaviour change in public health, and I hope the Mental Health PhD program helps us to set up a network of researchers to continue the debate, support and learning into the future.
What you hope to contribute to the mental health graduate circle? I hope that my clinical experience in both public and independent practice can add a helpful perspective to support others in the Mental Health Graduate circle.
What you hope to learn from mental health hub members? For myself, I will value debate and discussion to challenge me to clarify my ideas, and to critically examine my findings, which is challenging given my clinical experience.