Gemma is a PhD student at the University of Worcester. She started in October 2016 after being awarded a University of Worcester studentship to study sedentary behaviour and physical activity in bipolar disorder.
Gemma came to Worcester after completing an undergraduate degree in Forensic Psychobiology and a Masters by research degree exploring heroin addiction, morality and crime: both at Abertay University, Dundee. Throughout her studies Gemma also worked as a team leader for Tayside Council on Alcohol and as a Mental Health Support Key-worker for the Scottish Association of Mental Health and was the organisation’s local representative for Making Recovery Real in Tayside. During this time, she gained experience working with service users across a wide range of mood disorders, which led to her taking up this PhD studentship opportunity.