Rachel is a PhD student (Clinical Medicine Research) supervised by Dr Martina Di Simplicio within the Mood Instability Research Group. Her research investigates self-harm in young people, with a particular focus on understanding the neuropsychological processes that motivate and maintain the behaviour. The overall aim of her research is to translate this knowledge into more targeted interventions for self-harm. See IMAGINE Project: Investigating Motivational Abnormalities Guiding self-harm in young people.
Rachel completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London, alongside working as a support worker within CAMHS (Inpatient Eating Disorders), and then for a Tuberculosis Service improving access for underserved communities. Following this she completed her MPhil in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge where she worked on developing new pharmacological treatments for cocaine addiction.