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Danielle Beaton, MSc, MA

Danielle Beaton is a doctoral researcher in the Self-regulation in Health and Well-being Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield. She has a BSc in Psychology and International Study from the University of Nottingham, a MSc in Mental Health Research from the University of Nottingham, and a MA in Social Research from the University of Sheffield. 

Danielle’s research focuses on the role of criticism and self-compassion in adults with ADHD. Specifically, her interests focus on the role self-compassion plays in the mental health and wellbeing of adults with ADHD. She is the author of a paper that reports on the initial findings of this research, showing that self-compassion is significantly lower in adults with ADHD, as a partial consequence of the increased criticism that people with ADHD perceive .

A summary of the full findings of this study are also reported in a video here.

Danielle is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Psychology. She runs tutorials on research methods for second year psychology students, and also assists in workshops and tutorials to support the learning and development of R for MSc students completing modules in Data Visualisation and Advanced Statistics. She is also commissioned by the School of Medicine as a Behavioural Scientist to mentor medical students in the development of their understanding and application of psychosocial contributions to health in their medical practice.

Danielle has also been a student forum member, and well-being champion for the White Rose Doctoral Training Program (WRDTP) for the past 3 years. In this role she attends quarterly meetings with the directors of the WRDTP to advocate for research training across the 7 universities, and supports in the design of the annual conference. She has conducted qualitative research in this role for the creation of a well-being support booklet for new PhD students.

She is also one of the founding members of the WRDTP Women in Academia Group. In this role she works closely with other female members of the WRDTP to organise events and to create a community for PGR students who identify as a woman across the 7 White Rose Universities. So far, the group successfully ran their first conference, created a WOMANifesto for future change, and created a website to encourage online discussion.