Dr Christine RowlandPhD, MSc, BSc

Research Fellow

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Overview

In 2013 I joined the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology as a post-doctoral research associate working 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/  

I am curently a NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Greater Manchester (CLAHRC-GM) funded research follow and work across a range of CLAHRC projects centred around end-of-life family caregiving.  This particularly includes 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.

Biography

After finishing my undergraduate degree 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.  I now work at the University of Manchester and have held post-doctoral positions with Professor Suzanne Skevington and most recently with Professor Gunn Grande. 

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. I have worked as a consultant on survey methodology for the Open University (3rd Year Module Investigating Psychology - independent project for Undergraduates).

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

 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Psychological Society

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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