Mr David Griksaitis
Tell us about your role as a Research Assistant at GIDS
I am based primarily in Leeds but work in collaboration with the wider clinical research team in London. I input data into SPSS and have a passion for statistical analysis of data; I’m discussing potential ideas for analysing data on voice distress using Factor Analysis. The majority of data analysis is questionnaire-based. Other tasks include preparing summaries of qualitative and quantitative data and collecting questionnaires from participants.
What is your previous experience?
After graduating with a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology from Newcastle University, I was a Learning Mentor for eighteen months and then Psychology Course Leader at SRC Bede Sixth Form for seven years. I left my teaching position to study for a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Durham University, which I completed in October of 2017, just before starting as a Research Assistant at GIDS. While studying for my Master’s Degree, I spent time in James Cook University Hospital’s Adult Neuro-rehabilitation Ward, which specialises in a range of neurological disorders, notably strokes. I have worked with and supported many autistic children and young people as a teacher, mentor and SEN play leader.
What is your favourite animal?
I am a fully-fledged cat worshipper and have two beautiful longhaired, fluffy black cats, Albert and Ada – sibling kitties! They love cuddles and Dreamies and occasionally swinging from my curtains like Tarzan.
Who are your favourite authors?
I am a passionately voracious reader and a huge fan of Stephen King, Val McDermid, Linwood Barclay, Candace Bushnell, JK Rowling, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and too many more to mention.
What is your favourite film?
Titanic: I saw it on my twelfth birthday in 1998 and it changed me forever because it lured me into the world of film as an art form, which is so amazing, and James Cameron’s attention to historical detail, set construction and visual grandeur will never be surpassed in Hollywood!
Who is your favourite singer?
Celine Dion: I am the biggest fan! I have seen her perform live in Manchester, Leeds, Paris and Las Vegas. She is a true living legend with an unmatchable voice and I am regularly singing my heart out to her songs as I drive!