After completing a BA in Experimental Psychology at University of Oxford, Michelle worked as an Assistant Psychologist within Guernsey’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and as a Research Assistant for two leading clinically-oriented Research Groups: the Oxford Psychological Medicine Service and the Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma.
Michelle started her D.Phil in Experimental Psychology in October 2015, which is joint funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Clarendon. The D.Phil is an innovative interdisciplinary project (combining History and Psychology) investigating Childhood Adversity and Life-time Resilience, supervised by Dr. Lucy Bowes and Dr. Siân Pooley.
Michelle’s strand of the project focuses on better understanding the meaning of historical and current childhood maltreatment, the individual long-term consequences following childhood maltreatment, and different pathways of risk and resilience across the life course. In addition to her D.Phil, Michelle continues to work part-time on a Mind funded project on building resilience in emergency service workers. These different strands of research converge in helping to better understand resilience in the face of adversity, and how this understanding can be constructively used in the clinical and policy-making world.