Welcome to the Psychology Zone!
I went to a really small primary school in a tiny village called Sampford Peverell. It had around 100 people in. After that, I went to Uffculme School in Devon, which has around 1200 people which was a big difference! I then went to Exeter College to do my A-Levels, and then Edge Hill University to do my degree. After that I went to Bournemouth University for my Masters, and then back to Edge Hill for my PhD.
I have GCSEs in: English (Language and Literature), Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ICT, RE, German, Drama, History
Then A-Levels in: Human Biology, English Literature, Psychology and half an A-Level (an AS-Level) in German.
I also have a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Psychology.
I’ve been a waitress, a dessert chef, a teaching assistant, a mental health worker, a babysitter, a sales assistant and an editor.
I’m a cat-loving 27 year old, and live with my fiancé near London. I’m an editor by day 📝 and am either finishing my PhD 🎓 or playing video games 🎮 after work.
Hi there 🙂 I’m Jess (people only call me Jessica when I’m in trouble!), I’m 27 and I live near London with my fiancé. I wish we were also able to have a cat, but unfortunately we don’t have one yet! On the weekends I usually go for walks in the park, see my nephew, or play some kind of board/video game with my fiancé 🙂 recently we’ve been playing a lot of Tears of the Kingdom! I’ve never played a Zelda game before, and it’s so much fun! Some of my other hobbies include board games, photography, and reading. I love to listen to music; recently I’ve gotten super into K-Pop, so I’m usually listening to that. I know some people find it cringe, I think it’s great! And if we were all the same, the world would be a really boring place, so don’t be afraid to be passionate! I used to do a lot of musical theatre (acting, dancing and singing), and when I was younger I wanted to be a singer – I even auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent once! But considering you never saw me on the telly, you can guess how well that went!
One interesting fact about me is that I have a condition called Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. It basically means that all of my joints are a bit broken and are double-jointed, so I can do some really weird bendy tricks. Perhaps if a career in science doesn’t work out I could be a contortionist…?
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I work as an assistant editor for a medical journal called The Lancet. I’m also finishing my PhD in psychology.
I’m currently working as an Assistant Editor at The Lancet. It publishes a lot of scientific research from loads of different areas across medicine, including psychology and neurology. My job is to look at other scientists research and get it ready to be published for the world to read. That means making sure that their science is right (making sure that they’re talking about the right theories and that their maths adds up) but also making sure that everything is spelt right and their sentences make sense. I love being able to read all the new emerging research, and be on the frontlines of new medical and psychological discoveries!
I’m also finishing my PhD in Psychology, which basically means I’m doing research on a really specific question because people don’t know what the answer is. Once I’ve done all my research, you write it up as a ‘thesis’ to share with other scientists who are working in a similar area to you. The specific question I am looking at is, ‘what is the psychological impact of cancer in adolescents and young adult survivors’. So, in simple terms, how do teenagers and people in their early 20s deal with having cancer, and how do they manage when they are told they don’t have cancer anymore? I decided to do this because I lost 2 friends and 2 family members to cancer quite close together, and I found it really hard to deal with. And I thought ‘if I’m finding it this hard when its not even happening to me, how must people feel when they have cancer’? So I thought I’d go and find out!
My Typical Day:
I usually oversleep, then run around to make sure I leave the house on time! After I get to work, I get a cup of coffee (I cannot function without coffee!) and spend my morning sending emails and catching up on smaller tasks, like picking which research paper I’m going to edit next or proof-reading the papers which are almost ready to publish. In the afternoons, I usually focus on my bigger tasks like doing the first edit of a paper (the first read through always takes the longest). Then after work, I have dinner and either relax and play games or do some work on my PhD.
I usually get up, get myself ready, and then settle at my computer. Since Covid, my job lets you work from home most of the time. I don’t mind, because the commute into London is crazy busy! But it can get kind of lonely… I usually have a cup of coffee first thing, but by the time I start my day it’s usually time for another one ☕️
I start my morning by checking my emails, and then look at my diary to see what I need to do today. I would honestly be lost without it! It takes me a while to get going in the mornings, so I start by doing the easy things: sending emails, answering emails from authors, looking to see which papers need to be edited and which are the most urgent… Then after lunch, I do the bigger jobs because my brain is more awake. This is when I do my more in-depth editing of research papers and working with other people in my office to make the papers the absolute best that they can be.
I usually finish work at about 6pm, and make dinner straight away because I am super hungry. I enjoy cooking, but usually by the end of the day I just want to make something quick and tasty. Depending on how tired I am, I might do some work on my PhD. I’m nearly finished with it now, I have to make some corrections but then I’ll finally be a doctor! But if I’m too tired, I just watch Netflix, listen to music, read, or play video games, then head to bed.
What I'd do with the prize money:
Do a big event for cancer charities and people who have had cancer about how to make their experiences better, and go to schools to inspire girls to pursue Maths and Science.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Empathetic, nerdy, funny
What did you want to be after you left school?
A clinical psychologist, working with people with mental health problems
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes, for talking when I should be listening
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Right now, a K-Pop band called Stray Kids
What's your favourite food?
Ice cream :)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) I'd wish to go travelling around the world 2) I’d wish to get a kitten 3) Similar to 1, but I'd wish to go to Disneyland!
Tell us a joke.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down!