Last week I posted the first of my two review posts for the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting. Today I am rounding up (and reminiscing) on the last two days and teasing out the main themes I noticed and my main take home points. Whilst there are some upcoming posts based on some of the amazing insights I had whilst at the conference, this is the last of my conference/APS specific posts for now. I will resume normal functioning soon – but I was just too excited about this conference to not share! 🙂

I’ll be honest – this post is going to be a little niche, and it might not be up your street – which is totally fine. But in this post I’ll be sharing my experience of some recent training that I attended at the University of California Irvine. It might be useful for you if you’re considering some Salivary Bioscience training of your own or if you just want to know a bit more about what that even is! I was fortunate enough, thanks to an Overseas Institutional Visit grant awarded by the ESRC, to attend two days of Salivary… View Post

Ask any PhD student who requires participants for their research and no doubt one of their main challenges will be recruitment. Over the years I’ve had a number of experiences with recruitment and I have faced multiple issues, particularly when recruiting from a population such as young carers. This post won’t go into all the difficulties and considerations that need to be made when recruiting, I have another post coming up about approaches and questions to ask yourself when you start looking for people to take part in your research. Instead this post is going to provide 13 ways that… View Post

I know I’m not the only one that struggles with anxiety, in life in general and when it comes to doing a PhD. Though not many of us share the realities of going about daily life feeling worried, concerned or like our hearts might jump out of our chest. Sometimes knowing exactly why, other times not having a clue, just knowing there is this sense of impending doom that you just can’t quite put your finger on. First of all, the anxiety I am personally talking about here is that feeling of worry, bordering on panic, feeling sped up and… View Post

A couple of weeks ago I attended an event at The Royal Institution in London called ‘The Science of Stress’. I probably wouldn’t have ventured to London mid-week if it hadn’t been for the fact that my supervisor Professor Julie Turner-Cobb was amongst the three experts presenting and then providing a question and answer panel session. It was great to support her and to see other individuals in the field present their work, and I was really glad that I went. As someone who quite likes a bit of event management and organising an event, I was thinking on the… View Post