A warm welcome to David Smailes who joins us as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychology.
David has recently completed his doctoral thesis, which examined the roles social adversity (e.g. bullying) and cognitive biases play in the development of psychotic-like experiences. During the second half of his PhD, he became involved in the Hearing the Voice project, and has mostly been interested in how interdisciplinary approaches to phenomenology can help us better understand the experience of hearing voices.
“For me, Hearing the Voice is an exciting project because, through its focus on interdisciplinary research, it asks a new set of questions about voice-hearing, as well as trying to answer existing questions in new ways. In my role with HtV, I hope to be involved in clinical research that investigates novel interventions for people who are distressed by hearing voices, and to re-examine the ways in which cognitive psychology investigates voice-hearing and related experiences.”
We warmly welcome David to the HtV team and look forward to working with him over the next two years.