I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield in 2009. I first came to study at the University of Leeds in 2011, where I completed a Masters in Gender Studies. Following this I entered the world of paid employment, working in a number of Leeds city high schools. In 2016 I decided it was time to return to my studies, and was able to secure ESRC 1 + 3 funding at the University of Leeds.
I have taught on the level 3 module the Sociology of Consumerism.
My research interest lies in the diagnosis and management of childhood behavioural difficulties, with specific focus on the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Influenced by the work of Michael Foucault, my research project is located within a body of literature which has described ADHD as the product of educational and social discursive practice, concerned with the policing of normality, but aims to make an original contribution by suggesting a need to pay attention to the raced and racializing dynamics in the patterns of diagnosis in the UK. I suggest a need to interrogate the operation of race in the medicalization of ADHD, paying particular attention to the intersection of gender and class, but arguing that raced language of danger, poverty, criminality are impacted on and by the biopolitics of behaviour management.
- BSc Psychology (first class)
- MA Gender Studies (Distinction)
- MA Social Research (Distinction)