Summary: Jane Blackwell is a Postgraduate Research Student investigating cognitive function and psychological well-being in children aged 8-16 years old with narcolepsy in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Jane is a Postgraduate Research Student supervised by Dr Hannah Nash, Dr Anna Weighall and Dr Amanda Waterman. Currently, Jane is running the research programme she has designed alongside her supervisors called The Paediatric Narcolepsy Project. This longitudinal case-control study aims to investigate cognitive function and psychosocial well-being in paediatric narcolepsy.
Jane gained her first-class honours degree in Psychology at The University of Sheffield in 2013. Throughout her degree, she gained experience in a variety of psychology lead services, working with a wide range of clinical populations, namely; Traumatic Brain Injury, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Personality Disorder, Dementia, Depression and Anxiety. Jane also gained commercial experience by completing work experience at Cambridge Cognition Ltd., an applied psychology company which provides computerised cognitive tests (CANTAB) for use in diagnosing and monitoring conditions that affect mental health.
Jane gained her Master of Science Degree in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice at The University of York in 2014 (Passed with Distinction), before beginning her doctorate in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology at The University of Leeds in October 2014.
Jane was awarded a University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Scholarship to fund her doctoral research over three years (2014-2017). In addition, Jane has been successful in several applications for funding to support her research costs and has received awards from Child Brain Research, Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder, Ireland, Narcolepsy UK, the Max Hamilton fund at The University of Leeds, The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) and The British Psychological Society. She is affiliated with the Language and Memory Lab (LaM Lab) within the School of Psychology and also with the SleepResearch@Leeds group. Jane is a member of the British Sleep Society and the European Sleep Research Society.
Jane is particularly interested in the effects of disturbed sleep on daytime functioning, social relationships and psychological well-being. Ultimately, Jane is interested in the development and application of interventions to improve quality of life for sufferers of narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.
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