Speed Meeting at the IoPPN

If you’re a student at the IoPPN then we’ve got a really exciting event coming up to help you network, learn more about the careers that other alumni and students of your degree have gone into and ask any questions that may be worrying you about your future. Our annual Alumni IoPPN Speedmeet 2018 will bring you together with experts in their fields for a fun and informative evening.

Our speakers come from a range of areas from lecturing to medical communications. Meet four of our panellists here:

Dr Vincent Giampietro is a Senior Lecturer in Neurosicence Education in the Deparment of Neuroimaging, Division of Neuroscience at King’s. His current research focuses on brain plasticity, in particular on the development of real-time fMRI neurofeedback as a novel Neurotherapy, and on determining how entrepreneurship can be better taught by understanding what it looks like in the brain. Dr Giampietro trained as an engineer at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), one of France’s Grandes Ecoles, majoring in Biomedical & Computer Engineering and minoring in Cognitive Science & Epistemology. He was later on awarded a PhD in Biometry by King’s College London, for which he developed software for the real-time analysis of fMRI data (the technology underpinning his neurofeedback work). In parallel to his studies and early research career, he worked for more than 10 years as a Unix/Linux System Administrator.

Dr Stephanie Forkel is an Honorary Lecturer in the Departments of Neuroimaging and Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences at King’s College London and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She completed her doctoral and postdoctoral studies at King’s College London and University College London. Currently, she is working on a Wellcome Trust-funded project studying network asymmetries and their impact on recovery after stroke and symptom severity in primary progressive aphasia. Dr Forkel joined Cortex as associate editor and is faculty for the Microneurosurgery Courses at the Universities of Istanbul and Zurich. Early in her career, she was elected amongst distinct young scientists to participate at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for Medicine or Physiology. In 2018, she joined the GSO Leadership Academy. She is passionate about science public outreach and her work has been featured on BBC Horizon, won a Wellcome Trust Image award, and participated in Rewired at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Dr Michelle Utton-Mishra is currently an Editorial Director at the medical communications company, Prime Global. Michelle has a BSc in Biochemistry and then studied for her PhD in Alzheimer’s Disease in the Department of Neuroscience at the IoP. She followed this with a post-doctoral position at Guy’s Hospital researching developmental neurobiology before returning to the IoP to take up an Alzheimer’s Society fellowship, looking into the axonal transport of tau. Michelle then moved from academia into medical communications as a medical writer. Michelle has been in the medical communications business now for fifteen years, progressing from writer to editorial team leader, and now to Editorial Director, where she heads up a team of medical writers and editors delivering many different projects in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr Joel Harvey has experience both in relation to Criminological and Forensic research, and Clinical Psychology practice in forensic settings. Joel has an MA in Psychology (University of St Andrews), an MSc in Forensic Psychology (University of Kent), a PhD in Criminology (University of Cambridge) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Manchester). He is currently a lecturer in Clinical Psychology and is programme lead for the MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychology at the IoPPN. His research interests are in the psychosocial experience of imprisonment, rural life and youth justice, and restorative justice interventions. He is a registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and has worked for over 10 years in forensic settings, with both adults and young people. As part of his Clinical Psychology training he completed a study with prison officers on perceived physical health, psychological distress and social support (Harvey 2014, The Prison Journal). He has a variety of experience in his field including his role as a research associate on a project funded by the Ministry of Justice’s Safer Custody Group (the Safer Locals Programme Evaluation).

If you’re concerned about networking, the event page on King’s CareerConnect has a variety of resources that will give you some tips and tricks to networking. These will help you feel more confident and prepared for the event, which will allow you to take more from the evening. King’s Careers also holds many Future Advantage sessions specifically focused on networking as well as other skills to help support your career development.

Make sure to register on King’s CareerConnect where you can also find more information about the event. If you’re interested in learning about more of the careers on offer after your degree at the IoPPN, we have two other events coming up this week that might also interest you:

Non-Clinical Careers after IoPPN – 30th October

Clinical Careers after IoPPN – 31st October.