Gemma is a full-time PhD student in the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester. Her main research interests surround sedentary behaviour and physical activity in bipolar disorder.
Gemma’s PhD research concerns exploring the interrelationships of sedentary behaviour and physical activity with the fluctuating mood states of people with bipolar disorder. She is conducting a mixed methods study to try to identify these relationships and ultimately aims to determine whether mood predicts a change in sedentary behaviour and/or physical activity, or if a change in either sedentary behaviour or physical activity can predict a change in mood.
Gemma is very grateful to The Bipolar Disorder Research Network for funding the research equipment required to measure sedentary behaviour as part of her PhD.
Gemma’s supervisors are: Professor Derek Peters, Professor Lisa Jones and Professor Eleanor Bradley.
Gemma is a member of Worcester’s Research Students Society and the 2017 Postgraduate Conference Committee (https://twitter.com/uw_rss); she is also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and is completing her PhD research as a member of the Bipolar Disorder Research Network.
Prior to commencing her PhD, Gemma worked as a Mental Health Support Key-Worker for the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) and was the organisation’s local representative for Making Recovery Real in Tayside. Throughout her previous studies, Gemma also worked as a team leader on the SafeZone support service for Tayside Council on Alcohol and as a harm reduction worker for the addiction support service CAIR Scotland.
BSc. (Hons) Forensic Psychobiology, 2014, University of Abertay
MSc. Masters by Research, 2016, University of Abertay