Meet

Phoebe Morris

I am post-graduate researcher, working towards an interdisciplinary PhD in the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Exercise Science and the Centre for Brain Sciences at the University of Essex. I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2019 with a first class Masters in Neuroscience. During this time, I gained a passion for studying neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health.

I was a member of the cheerleading team, dance society and an ambassador for the University. Additionally, as part of my MSc I lived in Vancouver (Canada), for ten months working at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, in the department of Psychiatry. This leads me to my primary area of research - how sport and dance can be used to enhance communication in children with autism, a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder in the UK. I hope that my research will have a positive impact on children and the wider autistic community, enhancing quality of life and minimising occurrences of poor mental, all through the positive and effective use of sport and dance.

Outside of research, I love travelling, spending time outdoors and immersing myself in new cultures – even if it is only for a weekend break! Whilst in Vancouver I used the opportunity to go on road trips, camping trips and surfing trips around the West Coast and would love to tick off some more destinations across the world! My other enjoyment stems from my love of dance – a trained ballerina, but also enjoying tap, modern and contemporary; watching or participating, I hope to share my enthusiasm with others and encourage anyone to have a go and feel the joy of movement!