Miss Rachael Thorneloe PhD


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I am a Research Associate in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, investigating medication adherence in psoriasis- the iMAP research study (NIHR CRN: 13337). iMAP is a national multisite study involving the collection of longitudinal biomedical and psychological patient data on over 400 individuals from 35 dermatology centres. It is linked with the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics Register (BADBIR) and part of the MRC funded Psoriasis Stratification to Optimise Relevant Therapy (PSORT) research consortium. The aim of this work is to identify new psychophysiological and behavioural factors associated with poor treatment response, in addition to answering key questions about medication adherence, clinical implementation and management. 


I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield and my MSc in Health Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. I was awarded funding from the Psoriasis Association of Great Britain and Ireland and the Medical Research Council to complete my PhD at the University of Manchester, which investigated medication adherence in psoriasis. My supervisors were Dr Lis Cordingley and Professors Christopher Griffiths and Darren Ashcroft.


PhD, 2014 University of Manchester, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences: 'Investigating Medication Adherence in Psoriasis: Exploring the role of illness perceptions, medication beliefs, and emotional distress'

MSc Health Psychology. Sheffield Hallam University. Distinction.

BSc (Hons) Psychology. University of Sheffield. First class honours. 


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

The British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology

Manchester Centre for Health Psychology


  • Health Psychology, Behavioural medicine, Medication adherence

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