I am an interdisciplinary researcher within HCI and the cognitive sciences, iterating and trialling prototypes in immersive interactive VR technology in healthcare since 2017. I have a background in journalism and the Third Sector where the latter involved designing and delivering projects to assist the homeless through to becoming Founder and CEO of a registered charity: Eye Of The Fly (2001-13). This involved the transformation of a 10,000 square feet derelict factory into an arts-education facility; recruiting to provide employment to a broad-database of dedicated North East-based creative facilitators, with a mission to provide young people facing critical barriers to learning and living a platform for personal empowerment. I have also worked in the design studio of Elbilia 76, living in Montreal, Canada. I am interested in the use of space, how people navigate and interact within it and how it can be adapted with a social purpose in a real-world context. My doctoral research is multi-disciplinary, funded by one of the UK’s leading VR tech-companies: Immersive Interactive, in co-partnership with Alliance Psychological Services. The work builds on enactivist theory which regards perception as a motivated activity where people make sense of reality by engaging with it. The approach is exploring the role and efficacy of human-centred emerging technologies through immersive interactive virtual environments (IIVEs) in the context of mental healthcare interventions, specific to trauma
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The Network (Design for Mental Health – July 2020 edition) Magazine article featuring details of the recent study – https://www.dimhn.org/the-network/
Enactive Approaches to Designing and Understanding Immersive Interactive Virtual Environments in Mental Healthcare – published via Proceedings of the British Computer Society (BCS) HCI, Keele University, UK
The Suicide Fight by The Hermit. 2017.- ISBN: 978-0-9957149-6-0.