About HealthPsychTam

Hello! And welcome to HealthPsychTam, my little corner of the web.

I’ve been contemplating and planning this blog for quite a while. I enjoy writing, about pretty much anything, but when it comes to HealthPsychTam I’ve always had the same excuse, there just isn’t enough time. But I know it’s important to make time for the things we enjoy, so this little blog is born!

One thing I have realised throughout the last few years of academia, is that I love to write, however it is incredibly easy to get caught up in and focus purely on what I should be writing. A paper, a report, an assignment, a thesis chapter, a plan of action… the list goes on. And whilst I do enjoy these things (I wouldn’t be doing a PhD otherwise let’s be honest), there is always an element of pressure with things we should be doing. When life is busy and the pressure is on, it’s so easy to lose sight of the things I want to be doing, the things I want to be writing.

So here, I hope to write about things I enjoy, things I love, things that inspire me, and it would be wonderful if these were things you enjoy, love or find inspiration in too.

I hope to have fun writing about subjects that interest me, within Health Psychology and beyond, perhaps dispel some myths (…no, I cannot read your mind) and maybe help others in their personal quest to conquer academia (because that’s totally doable, right?). It will also be great for me to have a place to track my progress and share any exciting news (or inevitable stresses) that come alongside my PhD. Welcome aboard!

More about Me

I moved to Bath from Cornwall in 2009 for my Undergraduate degree and haven’t looked back since. I’m currently living in a rural village just outside the city and began my PhD in October 2015 at the University of Bath. I completed my Undergraduate degree (Psychology with placement) and my Masters (MSc Health Psychology) here too. It’s safe to say that this city is a special place for me, the only thing missing is the coast!

My research focuses on stress, resilience and coping in children and is specifically exploring young carers. Additional academic interests of mine include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, earthquake survivors, trauma, patient adherence and the benefits of exercise.

When I’m not studying there’s a fair chance you’ll find me exploring outdoors, snuggling up and reading a good book, winding down with some yoga, catching up with friends over some great food or enjoying some holistic therapies. I love wild swimming, horse riding, cooking, exploring and self development. A trip to Indonesia in August 2015 reawakened my desire to travel and see the world!

I look forward to writing more soon 🙂

*Please note all views expressed on this blog are my own, and are not in anyway representative of or associated with my place of study, the University of Bath.

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