Clinical psychology, behavioural medicine, health and well-being, behaviour change for health improvement, mental health, suicide prevention, population health, quality of life, reducing inequality, promoting independence.
Jody graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a 1st class BSc (hons) in Psychology in 2005, before taking up research roles at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and City University London. She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde in 2014; her thesis explored whether the Social Norms Approach could be applied to the reduction of suicidal and self-harming behaviours in high-risk groups. She then worked within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, before joining the Behavioural Science Centre at the University of Stirling in April 2015. She moved across to the Division of Psychology in May 2016, where she facilitates the Stirling Behavioural Medicine Research Group. Jody also holds an honorary position in the neuropsychology section of the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Glasgow.
Jody is broadly interested in clinical psychology and behavioural medicine, with a particular focus on promoting well-being, recovery, and independence, and improving health and social outcomes. She is especially interested in improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and in addition to her research experience, she has worked in a supportive capacity with young offenders, and young people and adults experiencing mental ill-health, learning/developmental disabilities, and homelessness.