I currently have the position of Research Associate with the Centre for Health Economics.
I am also Honorary Research Associate with the PSSRU after having worked with the Unit on the adult mental health BoC (balance of care) project until March 2015.
Debbie has been a health services researcher since 1993, working at Newcastle University, the University of Liverpool and, most recently, the PSSRU at the University of Manchester. She is experienced in a range of health services research areas and methodologies including qualitative and quantitative methods, survey and questionnaire design, RCTs, data management and analysis, and literature reviews. She has a particular interest in health-related quality of life and the development and testing of outcome measures. Other areas of interest and research are varied and have included working on the longitudinal MRC CFAS (Cognitive Function and Ageing Study), the psychological well-being of informal caregivers, cross-cultural differences in and psychosocial aspects of living with epilepsy, the development of condition-specific quality of life (QOL) measures for stroke and primary biliary cirrhosis, and clinical and QOL outcomes in children with strabismus (squint).
Between 2004 and 2010 Debbie was involved in a 26-centre observational follow-up study of the management of intermittent exotropia in children and its associated clinical and QOL outcomes (the IOXT study).
Between 2010 and 2013 she was co-investigator on a pilot RCT of surgery versus active monitoring in childhood squint (the SamExo trial).
In July 2014 she joined the PSSRU at the University of Manchester to work on the Adult Mental Health BoC (balance of care) project.
From April 2015 she obtained Honorary Research Associate status with the PSSRU, and she began a new post with the Centre for Health Economics on 1 May 2015.
PhD (Health Services Research); 'Development and Validation of the Newcastle Stroke-specific Quality of Life measure (NEWSQOL)' University of Liverpool 2001
BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Policy, 1st Class, University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1993