Hannah Belcher

Hi, my name is Hannah and I am the PsyPAG rep for the East of England branch. I graduated from the University of York with a BSc (hons) in Psychology in 2011, and I am now in the 4th year of my PhD at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). I am currently researching the often missed and late diagnosis of females with Autism Spectrum Conditions, as well as the mental health implications of this and the use of social mimicking as a coping strategy. I am also an Associate Lecturer at ARU and the Open University, teaching on research methods and mental health modules.

I am particularly interested in improving inclusivity and the mental health and wellbeing of students whilst at university, at my current university I run a Disabled Students’ Society and have also set up Art Therapy Groups on two of our core campuses.

As the representative of psychology postgraduates in the East of England, I want to help bring students in the area together to limit the impact of isolation and stress experienced by many on postgraduate courses. I also want to help get students more involved in the branch and work collaboratively to offer more postgraduate opportunities. Please get in touch if you have any ideas or anything you would like my help in representing within the East of England branch.