I recently completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh. I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). My PhD research focused on concussion in motor sport, and I developed and tested the first concussion education programme for this sport. I have a background in neuro- and developmental psychology, and an interest in education, health promotion, entrepreneurship and public speaking.
Jan 2015 - Aug 2015
- Department of Clinical Neuropsychology
- Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
- Assistant Psychologist
- I delivered a relaxation programme for patients undergoing rehabilitation for various neurological disorders. I also developed a specially designed group programme for cognitive stimulation in stroke patients.
Research Items (10)
- Aug 2018
Objective: To assess concussion experiences, knowledge, and attitudes of motorsport medical personnel and drivers and to determine priority areas regarding concussion within the sport. Design: Sequential mixed-method design. Part 1: stakeholder interviews; part 2: cross-sectional online survey. Setting: United Kingdom. Participants: Part 1: key motorsport stakeholders (N = 8); part 2: motorsport medical personnel and drivers (N = 209) representing amateur and/or professional 4-wheeled motorsport. Main outcome measures: Concussion experience, knowledge, attitudes, and perceived priority areas. Results: Thirty-one percent of surveyed drivers (age = 37.91 ± 13.49 years: 89% male) reported suffering from concussion in motorsport. Eighty-seven percent of surveyed medical personnel (age = 48.60 ± 10.68 years: 74% male) reported experience with concussed drivers, and 34% reported feeling pressured to clear a driver with concussion. Gaps in knowledge and misperceptions about concussion were reported in both groups, and disparity between concussion attitudes emerged between drivers and medical personnel. Application of assessment and management procedures varied between medical personnel and there was evidence motorsport policy and concussion guidelines may not be directly followed. According to both medical personnel (77%) and drivers (85%), "education and training" is the top priority area for the sport. Conclusions: There is clear evidence of concussions in motorsport, but accurate knowledge about this injury is missing. Concussion education and training for all drivers and medical personnel is required. Additional investigations into concussion attitudes are advised to complement and advance simple educational initiatives. Further investigation is also required to determine how to best support motorsport medical personnel, and general practitioners, who hold significant responsibility in guiding drivers from diagnosis to return to racing, and to support the effective implementation of policy.
Background: Concussions can negatively impact an athlete’s performance and well-being for a significant period of time. British medical professionals recently called for a fundamental cultural change in the attitudes and perceptions around concussion. Currently, concussion education faces multiple challenges, and confusion persists amongst various sporting populations. Determining how to effectively improve concussion knowledge and attitudes is of utmost importance. In order to support concussed athletes it is important that psychologists are knowledgeable about concussion, whether it is to help identify unreported cases or advise throughout recovery. Using the latest evidence and guidelines, this workshop aims to increase concussion knowledge and awareness and to discuss the psychologist’s role in managing concussion and injury. Using methodology drawn from empirically-based education, participants will experience what type of concussion information and education athletes are exposed to, simultaneously increasing their knowledge and understanding on the topic as well as the overall state of concussion in sport. Key points: Interactive activities and discussion will be used to enhance participants’ knowledge of: concussion diagnosis (e.g., signs/symptoms), assessment and management (e.g., return to play/learn protocols); psychological challenges that can develop after concussions and the role of psychology in supporting athletes. Conclusions: Long-term effects from current concussion education programmes developed using theories such as Theory of Planned Behaviour are limited. To increase both knowledge and attitudes towards concussion, individual difference variables should be considered in developing such programmes. Furthermore, there is value in involving sport and exercise psychologists in this process and enhancing their own knowledge about concussion. Speakers: Stephanie Adams & Hugh Richards.
A talk about the current state of concussion knowledge, attitudes and perceptions around concussion in motorsport. "Excellent data, on an interesting topic" - Talk attendee from the Clinical Neurosciences Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. "[Stephanie] highlights the importance of [concussion] education and training" - Talk attendee from the Clinical Neurosciences Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.
- Sep 2017
- Mar 2017
- Nov 2015
Avoidance in adults is related to many negative aspects of caregiving and parenting. This was examined in a simulated parenting experience of 145 students who raised a virtual child from birth to age 19 using the website MyVirtualChild©. Avoidance and anxiety within adult relationships were assessed using the Experiences in Close Relationships–Relationship Structures questionnaire before and after this experience, and caregiver attitudes of positive feelings, perceptions of the child’s security, and willingness to serve as an attachment figure were assessed after the experience. As predicted, avoidance and anxiety were negatively related to caregiver attitudes, with avoidance accounting for these relations. These results support the negative impact of avoidance on caregiver attitudes, even when the child is raised in Cyberspace.
Awards & Achievements (4)
Award · Jan 2018
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
Grant · Nov 2016
Knowledge Exchange & Impact Grant
Scholarship · Oct 2015
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship - University of Edinburgh
Scholarship · Oct 2015
Principal's Career Development Scholarship - University of Edinburgh