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Gillian Docherty

PhD Student


Career Background:

My background, until recently, was as an educational psychologist both in an educational psychology team and in a social work setting. I also worked in an NHS setting as part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Team which was a multi-disciplinary medical team responsible for the diagnosis of ASD in children from 3 to 18 years of age.

Prior to working as an educational psychologist, I trained as a teacher and spent some time teaching in an alternative residential provision for children and young people with behavioural and emotional difficulties. Latterly, my particular interests were in: creativity and play, early trauma and trauma informed practice, autism spectrum disorders, therapeutic approaches (such as solution oriented and cognitive behaviour therapy) and pedagogy.

I also have a background in dance and have been an adult recreational ballet dancer for some time.

PhD Research:

My PhD research is investigating how participating in adult recreational ballet classes impacts on wellbeing and whether this is affected by any other factors in this dance environment.


My research is supervised by:

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Alex Rawlinson
Psychology Laboratory Technician
Alison Hounsome
Programme Administrator
Benjamin Sharpe
Dr Benjamin T. Sharpe
Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Programme Coordinator for the BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology, and Academic Board Member

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