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Elizabeth Kirkham

Post Doctoral Research Associate

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Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Durham University
Bachelor of Science, Durham University
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Sheffield
The Effects of Early Life Stress on Affective Processing: Behavioural and Neural Correlates

Biography

Elizabeth Kirkham is a psychology researcher with expertise in mental health, affective and cognitive neuroscience, and science communication.

She originally studied for a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Durham University. During this time she also worked as a research assistant in Criminology, and it was this experience that led her to seek out a career in research. 

She later studied for a PhD at the University of Sheffield. During this time she won an award for science writing (PubMED and The British Library's Access to Understanding 2014), and subsequently worked as a freelancer writer for eLife alongside her PhD study. Elizabeth's PhD research was focused on early life stress and its impact on how the (human) brain processes emotional information. She investigated this topic using electroencephalography (EEG) and psychological questionnaires. 

Current Research Interests

Elizabeth's current work is focused on participatory research and public engagement for the CoMorMent Horizon 2020 project. This collaborative EU project is led by the University of Oslo and focuses on the relationship between mental health and cardiovascular health, and how this relationship may be influenced by genetic and environmental factors. 

She is also interested in extending her previous research on the effects of early life stress on the mental health and the adult brain. 

Research activities & awards

  1. Visit from the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. Midlothian science Festival 2019: Big Data Detectives

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  3. Visit from the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

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