Michelle is a Postdoctoral Research Officer in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI). She is currently working on a projected funded by the Joyce Foundation called “Evaluating the impact of U.S. Stand Your Ground self-defence laws”. The project is headed by Dr David Humphreys (DSPI, University of Oxford) and Prof Douglas Wiebe (UPenn, Pennsylvania, US), in collaboration with researchers (Dr Antonio Gasparrini) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Michelle’s research interests include interpersonal violence and public health. Her research methods include using advanced statistical methods and big data to better provide translatable, national-level evidence for policy and practice.
Before joining DSPI, Michelle completed her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Her PhD research combined quantitative methods from epidemiology and developmental psychopathology with historical perspectives in order to examine how the risks associated with child maltreatment have changed over time.
Michelle had prior research and clinical experience working in the Department of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology (University of Oxford), as part of the Psychological Medicine Team (Prof Michael Sharpe and Dr Jane Walker) and OxCADAT (Prof David Clarke and Dr Jennifer Wild), respectively. During this time, Michelle gained experience in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as well as managing randomised controlled trials. She continues to maintain her research links with both departments. Currently, she is collaborating with Prof Willem Kuyken and Dr Tamsin Ford in an epidemiological analysis of data from the MYRIAD Project.