Alyson completed an MA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2005, followed by a stint working in mental health services as a support worker. Prior to joining the Spectrum Centre team, Alyson completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Dr Warren Mansell and Prof Tony Morrison. This research was linked to an integrative cognitive model of bipolar disorder (Mansell et al, 2007), and investigated how the way in which individuals appraise and respond to changes to internal states in an extreme, personalised manner contributes to the development of mood swings and bipolar disorder.
Alyson is a Frontline Adviser in quantitative methods for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service - North West (RDS-NW). The RDS-NW offers free advice to health and social care researchers who are wishing to apply for competitive peer-reviewed funding streams. At the Spectrum Centre, we have particular expertise in mental health research. We can offer advice to individuals developing a grant proposal on topics including research design, identifying funding sources, public and patient involvement, and writing the proposal. For more information, see the main NIHR website.