I joined the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection in 2017, on secondment from the Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland (where I still work part-time).
I'm currently working on Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland. This is a longitudinal study which investigates permanence, progress and outcomes for children in Scotland who have become looked after and accommodated away from their birth parents by the age of five. It is a collaboration between University of Stirling and University of York, led by Dr Helen Whincup.
I've previously worked on a range of studies involving children, families and professionals, including research on international adoption from orphanage care, reading programmes for children in foster care, the use of video clips in profiling children for family finding, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people and the 2011 riots in England.
I have a PhD in mental health from City, University of London. My thesis focused on adopted women's perceptions of how being internationally adopted in early childhood has affected their subsequent lives, using data from the British Chinese Adoption Study. I also have an MSc in Social Policy from LSE.
My research interests include adoption, fostering and migration, and in particular understanding the long-term impact of childhood experiences. I've worked primarily on mixed methods studies, using a range of methodological approaches.
Having worked in the voluntary sector for 15 years, I view research dissemination and knowledge exchange as an on-going process. I'm interested in the writing process and learning from non-academic writing (such as narrative non-fiction) to ensure that research reaches, and can be used by, a wide range of audiences.