We collaborate from time to time with other researchers to build this important body of work on the psychological issues that are crucial to decisions made about people seeking justice and protection
Hannah graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Sheffield and, in 2010, a Clinical Psychology Doctorate from UCL. Her previous experience of working for the National Asylum Support Service guided her clinical interest to refugee and asylum-seeker mental health. Her doctoral research - currently under review pending publication - investigated how decision makers distinguish signs that people are lying from signs that they have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Read about her study on credibility assessment, lying and PTSD here.
Belinda studied Social and Political Sciences in Cambridge University and completed her Clinical Psychology Doctorate in University College London. Her thesis investigated autobiographical memory specificity in asylum seekers and refugees with PTSD and depression. She is now working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) conducting applied research within a PTSD treatment trial. Read about her study on Overgeneral Memory here.
Becky qualified as a clinical psychologist from University College London in September 2013. Her doctoral thesis investigates the consistency and organisation of memory in women who have been raped or sexually assaulted. She is seeking funding to continue researching the consistency of memory after sexual assault, focusing on better understanding why memory changes and what impact this has on how credible survivors appear to decision makers.
Laura graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Australian National University. She is currently working as a clinical lecturer at the University of East Anglia. Her research interests include examining cultural differences in the memories and appraisals of trauma and the implications of these differences on posttraumatic adjustment. Clinically, she has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Read our review of memory here.
Lucy graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Social Anthropology. She later completed a Conversion Diploma in Psychology and graduated from UCL with a Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2009. She has conducted research into how legally trained professionals make decisions about when to refer asylum seekers for psychiatric reports as part of their asylum claim, which she is preparing for publication. She currently works for Camden and Islington Foundation Trust as a Clinical Psychologist. Read about her study of immigration lawyers' decisions about medico-legal reports here.
Diana currently works as a clinical psychologist in the NHS. Her doctoral thesis investigated the factors that prevent refugees and asylum seekers from disclosing personal information during Home Office interviews. The main findings of this study have been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Further results are published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.