I started studying a Bachelor of Arts following secondary school, and I didn’t really have any idea of what I would pursue as a career. I took a variety of subjects that included English literature, government, human movement studies, and psychology, and I absolutely loved psychology. It drew my interest from the first lecture. I continued to take all of the psychology courses that were available to me in my B.A. degree, and then completed my Honours year. My interest hasn’t waned.
Many different things … a curiosity to find answers, an understanding of clinical issues, good listening skills, being thorough, having effective organisational and time management skills, working effectively and collaboratively with others, being open to new ideas and new ways of considering information.
I am looking at developing a better understanding of childhood OCD, in particular, understanding the family factors that are associated with improved treatment outcome; dissemination of effective treatments; making treatments more accessible; better understanding the phenomenology of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in adolescents, and developing effective treatment for adolescents with BDD; therapygenetics.
I am competing in my first triathlon this year, which I am really looking forward to, and I’m especially looking forward to a few glasses of champagne when it’s finished.