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- Research Associate
- Epidemiology & Public Health
- Institute of Epidemiology & Health
- Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
My first degree was in Natural Sciences at Cambridge where I specialised in Experimental Psychology. I worked as a psychology research assistant on an Arts in Hospitals project before doing an MSc in Forensic Psychology at the University of Surrey. During my MSc I became particularly interested in people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system, and their experiences.
My PhD explored the personality disorder diagnosis from a service user perspective. I used a number of new and more established qualitative methods to compare experiences of people in forensic and community treatment settings with this complex diagnosis. Theoretical models of stigma were used as a framework to put the social exclusion of people with a diagnosis of personality disorder in context.
I have worked with the Centre for Mental Health and with prison healthcare practitioners to investigate issues around mental health policy in the prison context. I have co-written a report with the Centre for Mental Health about the needs of women in prison with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis (see publications).
I am currently conducting research into patient experiences of healthcare using qualitative methods, focussing on cancer. I am working with Prof Rosalind Raine, Prof Naomi Fulop, and UCLPartners on a number of related projects, including on emergency pathways to diagnosis of cancer. I also work with the Health Behaviour Research Group (Prof Jane Wardle) on bowel cancer screening and cancer fear. I aim to use innovative and tailored qualitative methods to capture patient experience in a way that is meaningful to applied research and clinical groups. I am also very interested in making qualitative methods more accessible to researchers and introducing new methods into applied health research. I run the Qualitative Methods Discussion group in the Department of Applied Health.
I am the co-ordinator for the Introduction to Qualitative Methods module as part of the MSc in Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL, including development of course content, managing the other lecturers, delivering one of the lectures and responding to student feedback. I also lecture on the qualitative module of the MSc in Health Psychology. Outside UCL, I lecture on qualitative research methods to MSc students at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.
In May 2012 I set up a Qualitative Methods Discussion Group in the Department of Applied Health Research as a forum for informal discussion and support with qualitative work. To date we have had 15 one-hour meetings, each presented by a different member of the department. The groups are well attended, including a number of colleagues from outside UCL. In December 2013, I organised a collaborative one day research meeting between the DAHR qualitative discussion group and those in the Health Behaviour Research Centre and the Mental Health Sciences Unit. It featured presentations from all three groups and a keynote address from Professor Carla Willig from City University. This was open to all UCL researchers and jointly funded between the two relevant faculties. We had 70 attendees on the day and there was a 97% positive feedback rate.
I have supervised one MSc student to completion here at UCL (Kelsey Jones, distinction). I am currently the third PhD supervisor for Caoimhe Nic a' Bháird, who is a part time student funded by an NIHR grant entitled "Improving the Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Team Meetings for Patients with Chronic Diseases". Her project will look at Mental Health teams in particular. My role is to supervise the qualitative methodological aspects of her PhD.
|2011||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy – Health Services Research||Institute of Psychiatry|
|2008||MSc||Master of Science – Psychology and Criminology||University of Surrey|
|2005||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Natural Sciences Tripos Part II: Experimental Psychology||University of Cambridge|