Works as Psychology Services Team Member at First Psychology Centre, Borders.
She is passionate about promoting general health and wellbeing and has a wide range of experience in customer service roles including retail, banking and hospitality as well as an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Stirling.
As part of her undergraduate degree, Alana carried out research to explore the lived experience of having a conflict between biological sex and gender and how this impacts on the sense of self and gender identity. For her MSc in Health Psychology, Alana conducted a study looking at the attitudes and barriers towards completing colorectal cancer screening. This project was published in the BMC cancer journal.
Alana previously held a one year post as an honorary assistant psychologist, working as part of a research team in the NHS. The role involved testing an intervention in a specific patient group with the aim of increasing patient involvement in treatment decisions and facilitating shared decision making.
Alana's future goal is to undertake further studies and training to become a chartered health psychologist. She has a particular interest in chronic illness in relation to adjustment and coping.
In her spare time Alana enjoys keeping fit through gym and spinning, cooking, reading and travel.