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PhD Student

BSc, BPsych (Hons)

Bec is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Amy Finlay-Jones in the Early Neurodevelopment and Mental Health team, Professor Peter McEvoy and Dr Vincent Mancini at Curtin University and Dr Pandora Patterson and Dr Fiona McDonald at Canteen Australia. The focus of her PhD project is on understanding the role of friends in supporting young people with cancer. The aim is to give friends the resources and skills to be able to effectively support their friend through the challenges young people with cancer face.

Her research interests are centred around the mental health of young people with chronic health conditions. She is particularly focused on promoting wellbeing, from a strengths-based approach, and minimising distress in young people with cancer. Bec is passionate about consumer engagement, with a goal to have end-users involved at every stage of the research.

Bec completed her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours in 2020 and holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Human Resource Management), both from Curtin university. She is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy.