Hi! I'm Tom, a Trainee Clinical Psychologist from the North of England. I also founded PsyTweeps! My long-standing interest in psychology and the behaviour of others spurred me to take it at A-Level, and the rest is history. I went on to study a BSc in Psychology in Lancaster, and specialised in psychopharmacology and neurobiology during my third year. My third year thesis project, "Electrophysiological correlates of the auditory enhancement effect at the level of the Auditory Cortex" really cemented my interest in neuropsychology and neurobiology.
I hit somewhat of a wall during my BSc - I guess I found the curriculum both too broad in scope and too restrictive regarding options, and blamed it on the subject rather than the degree scheme. I became disillusioned with the subject as a whole and chose to respecialise in neurobiology, going on to study for an MSc in Molecular Neuroscience at Bristol. Though I hadn't studied biology since GCSE, and had a steep learning curve, I really loved the subject. In particular, I enjoyed the opportunity to develop my knowledge in the biology of sleep and circadian rhythms - a subject I'd really enjoyed studying from a psychological perspective at undergrad. I chose to study circadian rhythms for my MSc thesis too - with my research project "Dysregulation in the circadian transcriptome of the Hippocampus and Perirhinal Cortex of rats during chronic Methyl-Prednisolone treatment" studying how rhythmic cellular activity in two brain areas became flattened during steroid treatment.
As much as I enjoyed my MSc, I quickly realised that I really missed the psychological, human element. I knew that I wanted to go into further study, so I applied for PhDs which encompassed both biology and psychology - and also applied for the DClinPsy (the UK's clinical psychology training programme). I didn't expect to get a place as the courses are really competitive. However, I was lucky enough to get an offer! I accepted immediately. Looking forward, I'd like to specialise in behavioural sleep medicine and clinical neuropsychology. I'm excited to curate!