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.
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.