Professor of Human Communication and Interaction
I am an Excellence 100 Professor of Human Communication and Interaction, and I hold a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowship.
I lead a team of four post-doctorates (all women) and a specialist nurse. Two of the postdocs work part-time whilst also home-schooling their young families. We work and communicate flexibly, and expect the unexpected given our parenting roles! We all work on video and audio-based research and training on the dilemmas and practices involved in sensitive and effective healthcare communication – mostly in palliative and end of life care settings.
I also work part-time as I was widowed about 18 months ago and am single parenting my two teenagers. Outside of work I enjoy Derbyshire and Lake District walking, contemporary art galleries and cooking. Given my personal and professional expertise, I have supported several friends and relatives as they or their loved ones move towards the end of life. I have developed a good deal of knowledge of what to do, say and advise which can be very fulfilling.