I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany in October 2011, and my Masters in Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews in September 2013. My studies got me interested in the links between psychological and physical well-being, and in the potential of internet-based self-help interventions for improving health.
My Masters dissertation on sexual health behaviour in adolescents involved using structural equation modeling to establish a multivariate model of self-esteem, social support and condom use, in collaboration with the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children study conducted by the World Health Organization. My undergraduate dissertation focused on the evaluation of an internet-based intervention for children and adolescents with recurrent headache. This got me intrigued by the potential of the internet to provide easily accessible, low-threshold self-help interventions and information to improve health-related behaviour.
Currently, I am working on an interdisciplinary PhD project based at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work as well as at the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. I am interested in finding out how people with lung cancer use the internet prior to diagnosis to get informed about their symptoms, and whether this influences their decision to present to health services.