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Public outreach and media work

I have an active role in translating the basic science behind anxiety and depression in educational and clinical settings. A significant and exciting breakthrough has been the implementation of my new neurocognitive interventions in educational settings that have protected against anxiety and depression effects on academic performance in at risk adolescents for psychopathology. Working memory capacity can now be used as a risk marker for emotional vulnerability and resilience. I am academic consultant for the City of London School; and various science based companies promoting cognitive health.

I have applied my work to breast cancer survivorship. I founded the educational Research Centre for Building Psychological Resilience in Breast Cancer on October 2nd, 2015. It is early days, but our private group, which is also a support group, has over 350 members in less than five months. As a main aim of this group we engage in learning and discussing latest relevant research, guided by myself and our ambassadors. Our Centre's blog: Panning for Gold, showcases the many fruitful ways our amazing members discuss their growth from the trauma they endure, through works of art, writing, and science. I am a Moving Forward Educational Officer for the largest UK charity: Breast Cancer Care where I guide the Moving Forward courses designed for survivors, post active treatment.

The impact and efficacy of my neuro-cognitive interventions have been highlighted in a number of social media channels: The British Psychological Society attracting over 500 shares; My BBC R4 programme on How to have a better brain; My research blogs on Birkbeck social media; My invited speeches in popular public engagement events at The Wellcome Trust; The British Academy; St Johnís college Oxford. Finally, I am a blogger for the Huffington Post with my blogs attracting hundreds of ‘likes’ attracting world-wide interest. See: What a Cognitive Psychologist learned and Running Against Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Highlights from media and public outreach activities

  • 2016: Article, 'How to friend your fears', in Top Sante magazine, February issue
  • 2015: Featured on BBC R4 programme 'How to have a better brain'
  • 2012: Co-Editor: Special Issue: Information Processing, Affect and Psychopathology; Journal of Cognitive Psychology
  • 2011 - 2013: Editor-in-Chief: Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International Journal
  • 2010: Co-Editor: Special Issue: Emotional States, Attention and Working Memory; Cognition and Emotion
  • 2005 - 2013: Associate Editor: Cognition and Emotion
  • 2010: Guest Editor: Emotion
  • 2009 - 2013: Review Editor: Frontiers in Psychopathology
  • 2003 - 2010: Consulting Editor: Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal
  • 2001: Young Scientist and Early Career Award: International Society for Research on Stress and Anxiety
  • 2000 - 2004: Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, The Royal Society
  • 2008: Conference Organiser: 29th International Conference of the Society for Research on Stress and Anxiety (STAR)

Invited presentations (2012-current)

  • Emotional vulnerability and the road to resilience. Distinguished Spielberger Address. International Society for Stress and Anxiety Research Conference. Croatia. 2016
  • From Fear to Resilience. The Wellcome Trust public engagement event. ‘The Age of Anxiety’. 2016
  • Fear reactions in the court room. ‘Brain Systems and Legal Systems: Setting translational agendas for Law and Neuroscience’. The British Academy. 2016
  • How can adaptive cognitive training improve mental well-being? Science public engagement lecture. Birkbeck Univ. of London. April 2016. [video: 70 mins] [blog]
  • Pathways to Resilience: Attentional control in anxiety and depression. Plenary Talk. Developing Psychological Strength in Psychopathology. Invited workshop. Sixth International Cognitive Sciences Conference. 2015.
  • Building blocks of psychological strength in breast cancer. Univ. of Ghent Special Meeting. 2015.
  • Training the brain: How can cognitive neuroscience improve Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? Public Outreach One Day Workshop. St John’s College Research Centre, Oxford. Jan 2013
  • Cognitive Capacity Limits in Anxiety and Depression: Can they be increased? Whitehead Lecture. Goldsmiths College University of London. 2012.
  • Processing efficiency in anxiety and depression. Kings College London. Institute of Psychiatry 2012.