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Overview

I joined the University of Manchester Manchester Centre for Health Psychology as a chartered psychologist and post-doctoral researcher in 2013.  I am currently working for the NIHR North West as a research design advisor as well as working on my own research.

I take a pragmatic approach to resaerch; often adopting a mixed-methods approach. As a result, I am skilled at using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

In addition to research, I have taught both qualitative and quantitative methods, statitics and occasional subject-specific sessions at postgraduate level. 

Biography

Before returning to academia I worked in commercial research specialising in not-for-profit and UK education sectors.  Within this role I managed various qualitative and quantitative projects which included the following methodologies: paper/postal, telephone and online surveys, focus groups and semi-structured and unstructed interviews.

In 2008 I joined the University of Sheffield and completed an MSc in psychological research methods followed by a PhD investigating smoking and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in advanced lung cancer patients. 

After my PhD I took a position with the University of Manchester. Initially I worked with Professor Suzanne Skevington across a range of quallity of life related projects. This work included establishing the International Hub for Quality of Life Research and developing further the suite of UK World Health Organisation Quality of Life measures.

In 2015 I began working with Professor Gunn Grande at the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work on a project funded by Dimbleby Cancer Care which explored the contributions and costs of informal caregiving at end of life for patients with cancer http://clahrc-gm.nihr.ac.uk/our-work/community-services/dimbleby-project/  

Still working with Prof Grande, I joined the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Greater Manchester (CLAHRC-GM) as a research fellow and worked across a range of CLAHRC projects centred around end-of-life family caregiving.  This particularly included projects adapting and implementing the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT - csnat.org), as well as more general research looking at end of life/ palliative care service provision.

Research interests

Research interests include:

  • Quality of life (theory, measuring and psychometric development)
  • End of life caregiving
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Illness perceptions
  • Health inequalities and quality of life
  • Health-related stigmatisation

Teaching

  • 2015/16 - PSYC69852 Illness and Healthcare Unit ('Caregiving and patient choices at end of life')
  • 2015/16 - PSYC698002 Research Methods: Questionnaire design, and Advanced questionnaire design
  • 2016/17, 2017/18 - NURS60018 Research Design
  • 2016/17, 2017/18 - NURS60019 Statistics
  • 2017/18, 2018/19 - PSYC69831 Health and Society ('Standards of Living and Qualtiy of Life)

My collaborations

Professor Suzanne Skevington

Professor Gunn Grande

Professor Barbara Hanratty (Newcastle University)

Dr Gail Ewing (University of Cambridge)

Dr Bernard van den Berg (University of Groningen, NL)

Dr Chris Gibbons

Dr Janet Diffin

Dr Yiu-Shing Lau

Dr Sarah Croke

Dr Sarah Cotterill

Dr Alex Hall

Dr James Higgerson

 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Psychological Society

Methodological knowledge

  • Systematic review
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Questionnaire design
  • Survey methodology
  • Mixed methods

Qualifications

PhD - 2013 - Smoking and health-related quality of life in advanced lung cancer patients. University of Sheffield

MSc - 2009 - Psychological Research Methods.  University of Sheffield

BSc - 2002 - Psychology.  Coventry University

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • Quality of life
  • End of life
  • Survey Design

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

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