Bethany Chapman (2018 Cohort)

Bethany Chapman

About me: I completed my MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology at Birkbeck College in 2017. During which time I worked with breast cancer survivors from the Building Resilience in Breast Cancer Centre (BRiC) to show a directional relationship between perceived cognitive function and the level of perceived emotional vulnerability endured. My +3 PhD project will continue to extend on this area of research.

My research: In my research, I will be conducting a longitudinal study to examine the effects of cognitive control training (i.e. dual N-back training) on improving processing efficiency and cognitive control amongst breast cancer survivors returning to work following the completion of anti-cancer treatment(s). In order to examine this, I aim to firstly identify the neurocognitive makers of cognitive dysfunction. I will then target these markers using cognitive control training to improve neurocognitive function and assess the beneficial transfer effects of this training on women’s emotion regulatory strategies and work-related performance.

By identifying the beneficial transfer effects of cognitive control training, I hope to positively aid the development of more comprehensive post-treatment support that could be offered by health care services and employers to empower resilience and sustain processing efficiency at work.

Supervisors: Professor Nazanin Derakhshan and Professor Beth Grunfeld

Pathway: Psychology

Location: Affective and Cognitive Laboratory, Birkbeck College, University of London

Room: MERLiN suite

Email: bchapm02@mail.bbk.ac.uk

Twitter: @Beth_Chapman84