I am a Clinical Masters Student, with clinical interests in child and adolescent anxiety disorders as well as autism spectrum disorders.
I am also interested in involuntary thoughts and how what we know about them can be applied to clinical disorders, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). My honours thesis research in 2017 investigated involuntary thoughts in the form of involuntary music replaying in your mind (earworms). We played participants positive and negatively valenced music and assessed the characteristics and frequency of subsequent earworms.
Currently I am examining how PTSD symptoms affect university students’ ability to achieve academically. I am also looking at whether this impairment can be accurately gauged using self report measures, as is normally reported in the literature, and to what extent these measures relate to more objective measures of impairment/performance (e.g., GPA).