Translational substance use disorder research, lived experiences, identity theories, co-existing mental health problems and neuroscience of substance use disorders
PhD Title: Targeting Opioid Related Deaths: Prevalence, Perspectives and the Potential Role of Oxytocin
Currently seeking more peer review positions in addition to the below;
As a psychosocial practitioner for substance use disorders I believe in meeting the person where they are and helping them achieve whatever goals they set themselves. I am not the fun police! I am direct and solution focused with both a lived experience and academic understanding of substance use disorders. My role is to ensure informed choice and to holistically help the person overcome any personal or socioeconomic obstacles which may have contributed to problematic substance use.
As an academic my interests lay in the interactions between environment and neuroscience aka nurture and nature in relation to substance use disorders. I believe that science should be contextualised within real world application as far as possible and that treatment of substance use disorders requires the underlying science to embrace design limitations if utility is to be translated successfully for patient benefit.
As a person I am an avid traveller to off the beaten track destinations. Although having been headbutted (from behind, in the wild) by a giraffe in Zambia, charged at by a gorilla in Uganda and evacuated from a burning boat in the Amazon it's fair to say mother nature may not feel the same way about me as I do about her. I'm also an Everton fan which has prepared me perfectly for the false dawn cycle of academic manuscript submission (Yay, success!) and revision (Doh!) and though I am far from a natural athlete I have completed the London Marathon twice for charity (2018, 2019).