Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee


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  • I am a Foundation Fellow funded by a prestigious award from Versus Arthritis in the Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester
  • My main research passion is in developing new approaches for improving the assessment, management and communication of pain for children and young people in paediatric rheumatology
  • My current project is leading on the development of an innovative intervention based upon behaviour change principles to modify healthcare professionals approaches to pain in clinics
  • I have expertise in applied health psychology, rheumatology, paediatrics, mHealth/eHealth and behavioural science, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methods in my research practices and working with children, young people, parents and healthcare professionals
  • I am also involved in undergraduate medical and psychology student teaching and supervision of research projects and I recently applied to be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I gained my First Class undergraduate degree in Psychology from Edge Hill University in 2013 followed by a Distinction in my Master’s degree in Health Psychology from The University of Central Lancashire in 2014. I then embarked on my research career in the field of applied health psychology and medicine as a PhD student in the Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences at the University of Manchester. In my PhD, I developed a new mHealth multi-dimensional monitor of pain for children and young people with JIA to remotely assess and communicate their pain at home, called My Pain Tracker. I conducted and published a systematic review on how uni-dimensional pain assessments were being used in research and I established a set of recommendations to improve current approaches. I also conducted three original scientific studies, exploring how healthcare professionals approached pain in clinics and how they interpreted pain. From a patient perspective, I explored the benefits and disadvantages to children and young people using pain assessments remotely and created a strong evidence base for implementing these tools at home for children/young people to use independently. The long-term goal of my research is to lead to better clinical communication about pain symptoms and better management of pain symptoms for patients with chronic pain in the future. 


  • 2018 - Ph.D in Medicine, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2014 - M.Sc in Health Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • 2013 - B.Sc Hons in Psychology, Edge Hill University, UK

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

Doctor of Philosophy, Medicine, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Sept 2018

Master of Science, Health Psychology, University of Central Lancashire

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Edge Hill University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2013

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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