What inspired you to get involved in MS research?
In becoming a psychologist, my utmost inspiration has been those patients with MS. These individuals have provided me with insight into MS as a whole-body disease, with wide-reaching biopsychosocial effects. I have always been empathetically drawn to the complexities of psychological and medical comorbidity – particularly in the form of mood disorders and chronic inflammatory diseases. I am deeply interested in individuals’ stories – their experiences of disease, the process of meaning-making, and the cognitive and behavioural mechanisms which affect posttraumatic growth. Assisting others in understanding MS, and their MS, inspires me as developing scientist-practitioner and prompts clinical questions for research – e.g., “how, or through which mechanisms does an individual develop mood disturbances or sexual dysfunction?” and ultimately, “how can we improve functioning?”. Clinical research allows me to explore these questions, whilst applying findings to help individuals living with MS.