Helen is a Clinical Psychologist interested in attachment theory, anxiety, psychological treatment development and public mental health. Before joining Cambridge in 2016 Helen trained in the North East working in a variety of mental health and clinical research settings, specialising in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in child and family services.
Helen’s current research is funded by the Wellcome Trust in connection with Dr Robbie Duschinsky’s New Investigator Award in the Applied Social Science Group. Specifically, Helen is concerned with current applications of attachment theory in clinical practice and resulting implications for the public understanding of attachment-related difficulties and disorders that drive policies of care around the world.
Helen’s previous research examined the central tenets of attachment theory and contribution of early experiences to trajectories of a transdiagnostic anxiety mechanism that has demonstrable therapeutic effectiveness.
Helen currently supervises undergraduate students on Part II Psychology and Behavioural Sciences module 8 – Development and Psychopathology.