I am a clinical academic in forensic psychiatry. My main research interest is the neuroscience of antisocial personality and psychopathy. As a clinician, I work as a consultant forensic psychiatrist in Nottinghamshire NHS Trust prison mental health service.
I completed my medical training and core psychiatric training at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), before moving to London in 2011. There, I completed my higher training in forensic psychiatry as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. I then obtained a Wellcome Clinical Research Training Fellowship to complete a PhD in the neurochemistry of antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy, using pharmacoimaging (oxytocin and fMRI) and MRS. I have also completed clinical research projects in forensic psychiatry, including the first research on GPS electronic monitoring in forensic services and clinical issues in female forensic services. I am a Cochrane Reviewer and I am on the editorial board of CNS Spectrums.
I have a postgraduate diploma in medical education (NUIG) and have taught and supervised undergraduate and MSc students and published an examination textbook in psychiatry for medical students. I am interested in the role of the arts in psychiatry and wrote the Minds in Music blog on music and mental health for the Royal College of Psychiatrists website between 2013 and 2018.
Research areas for supervision:
Neurobiology of antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy
Clinical research in forensic settings, including prisons
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses