Vanessa is supporting the BeGood Citizen’s: EIE projects working with young people advisory groups to investigate moral attitudes to, and judgments about, a range of early intervention strategies to manage moral and behavioural development and mental health ethics. Vanessa will also be working on projects with the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre Patients Active in Research Group involving young people.
Prior to joining the Department, Vanessa worked at Oxford Brookes in the Developmental Psychology group as a Research Assistant and Test Administrator on a standardisation project for Intelligence and Development Scales (IDS-2) and projects involving assessments of handwriting and movement in children and young people. She previously spent 20 years involved in healthcare communications.
Vanessa attained an MSc in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University, with her thesis investigating the effects of cognitive loads on goal-directed memory functioning in adolescents. She also holds a BSc in Animal Biology from The University of Birmingham and MSc in Veterinary Parasitology from The University of Liverpool.
Vanessa is interested in researching the psychological and cognitive impact of early interventions on development of children and young people. She is interested in both experimental and applied aspects of psychological science and improving the mental health outlook in children and young people.