Nisha Chauhan is currently an Assistant Psychologist working on the Talking with Voices trial and the gameChange VR trial in the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU). Prior to joining PRU, Nisha worked as an Assistant Psychologist in an inpatient mental health unit, where she carried out group therapy on the male and female acute wards, and as a Research Assistant in The Greater Manchester Dementia Research Unit, working on the SENSE-Cog Project looking into hearing and vision impairments in people with Dementia. She enjoyed the balance of working in-depth with individuals in a hospital setting utilising a number of psychological approaches, as well as meeting participants and their family in the community.
Nisha has also worked as a support worker in inpatient services for 3 years, mainly on a male acute ward. Whilst there, she worked as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist in a Community Mental Health Team one day a week for 1 year. Prior to this, Nisha also worked as a support worker in an Autism specialist unit and she has held numerous voluntary positions, including support work in a dual diagnosis community service with S2R and Dementia charity with Making Space. These were her first experiences of working in mental health and emphasised her interest in following a career in Psychology.
She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at The University of Huddersfield in 2014, taking a particular interest in psychological difficulties and phenomenology. This led to her completing a Masters by Research at the University of Huddersfield in 2018, titled ‘The lived experiences of services users within a mental health employment service.’
Whilst in college and completing her undergraduate degree, Nisha has held several jobs such as making sushi, decorating chocolate and in a number of retail shops.
In her spare time, Nisha enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family.