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Overview

  • I am a final-year PhD student funded by the Pain Relief Foundation in the Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester.
  • The RIPPLE project (RheumatIc Pain: Children's and Young Peoples' Lived Experiences) aims to explore and characterise lived pain experiences in children and young people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, particularly the similarities and differences between those with a perceived inflammatory pathology and those with a perceived non-inflammatory condition.

Biography

I successfully obtained my First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Liverpool in 2019 and in 2020 I was awarded a Distinction for my MSc degree in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Manchester. I began my PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Manchester in October 2020.

My PhD project (RIPPLE) aims to explore and characterise chronic musculoskeletal pain in children and young people, particularly the similarities and differences between those with inflammatory pathologies and those with non-inflammatory pathologies. Multiple areas of pain experiences will be examined using a mixed-methods approach, including:

  • examining how pain beliefs have been explored in this population using a scoping review method, including what beliefs have been examined and what outcomes these are associated with, if any;
  • paediatric and adolescent rheumatology healthcare professionals' beliefs about pain associated with chronic musculoskeletal conditions;
  • cross-sectional (mixed-methods) and longitudinal (12 weeks; quantitative) assessments of children's and young peoples' pain experiences, including pain characterstics, pain beliefs, pain behaviours, and pain emotion.

This work will provide a deeper understanding of the beliefs associated with pain in these diagnoses compared to how pain and broader associated pain factors are actually experienced by children and young people. This will allow for pain profiles and patterns to be determined dependent on specific pain features associated with these two groups.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Psychological Society: Graduate Member (MBPsS)

Trainee Member of the Canadian Pain in Child Health (PICH) Consortium

Member of Emeunet

Member of Barbara Ansell Network (BANNAR)

European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Scientist Network

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Neuroimaging for Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience, The University of Manchester

Sept 2019Sept 2020

Award Date: 26 Nov 2020

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Liverpool

Sept 2016Aug 2019

Award Date: 1 Aug 2019

External positions

Pain in Child Health Trainee Representative

Sept 2022 → …

Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) North West of England Branch Representative, The British Psychological Society (BPS)

Aug 2022 → …

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry

Keywords

  • Paediatric pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Pain

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