Multisensory Memory and Perceptual Acuity in Aging
In 2015 Emily worked in association with a research team at the University of Westminster, London, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the overall guidance of the internationally renowned Neuropsychologist Professor Micah Murray. She was responsible for recruiting participants, conducting a battery of neuropsychological assessments and experimental paradigms, data extraction and analysis (e-prime software and d-prime analysis), and formulating and reporting the findings. Emily supported the team to prepare three of these related quantitative research studies for publication. This included investigating the effects of aging and mild cognitive impairment on both multisensory memory and perceptual acuity, as well as autobiographical multisensory memory and its relationship to music across the lifespan. The first part of this research entitled 'Sensory Dominance and Multisensory Integration as Screening Tools in Aging' can be viewed at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-27288-2. The second part is in preparation for submission.
In August 2017 Emily completed a further research study which she conducted independently over 5 years. She sought to phenomenologically explore the experiences of therapists working with suicidal clients. Within this she examined the ways in which this work influences and potentially impacts upon the therapist, and how and what we can learn from the identified themes. She utilised a qualitative research approach (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis) which required conducting multiple professional interviews, and an in-depth and rigorous analysis of the data collected.
Validation of the ICF Core Set for Schizophrenia
Emily's passion for research also extended to her professional participation in a research study being conducted by the University of Barcelona and the ICF Research Branch. This research endeavoured to identify indicators of functioning as represented by ICF categories that could enable a better and more comprehensive understanding of schizophrenia. The ultimate objective of this research was to develop an evidence-based questionnaire to assess functioning in individuals with schizophrenia, that could be more commonly and routinely utilised by professionals.