I joined the MEC in 2015 and my current research is investigating the effects of pain on mathematical thinking, such as financial decision making and numerical reasoning.

I completed my BSc and MSc in psychology at the University of Kent, then spent a year as a research assistant on an ESRC-funded project investigating numerical cognition at the University of Nottingham. Following this, I completed my PhD at Loughborough University investigating the development of logical reasoning skills in mathematics students. After my PhD I spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Bath, investigating the disruptive effects of pain on attention. 

Research areas

  • The effects of pain on cognition.
  • The development of reasoning skills in mathematics students.


  • Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
  • Member of the East Midlands Mathematical Cognition Group.


  • I am the programme director for Mathematics with Mathematics Education, Mathematics with Sports Science, and Mathematics with Statistics.
  • I am on the university's Ethical Aprovals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee.
  • I am on the School of Science General Operations Health, Safety and Environment Sub-Committee.