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Doctoral Research Supervisors

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NameResearch Interests/GroupsMethodological Expertise
Gary Adams

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic pathology
  • Insulin resistance
  • Tight glycaemic control
  • Insulin manipulation
  • Physico-chemical characterisation of insulin
  • Biochemical and Biophysical characterisation of polysaccharide-protein complexes
  • Alternative therapies in Diabetes
  • Quantitative
  • Laboratory-based
  • Systematic reviews
  • Clinical reviews/audits
Aimee Aubeeluck

  • Health Psychology
  • Dementia
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Quality of life
  • Family caregiving 
  • Movement abnormalities
  • Cognitive deterioration
  • Affective disturbances
  • Mixed methodology
  • Questionnaire design
  • Psychological therapies and interventions
Holly Blake

  • Health Psychology
  • Exercise and Health
  • Physical Activity and Rehabilitation
  • Workplace Wellness/health of NHS staff
  • NHS staff and nurses as role models
  • Stress and wellbeing
  • Health Promotion
  • Technologies for health promotion (e.g. email/text messaging for health promotion)
  • Quantitative methods
  • RCTs
  • Questionnaire surveys
  • Systematic reviews
  • Evaluation
Dianne Bowskill
  • All aspects of Non medical prescribing, education and practice
  • Medicines management
  • Sociology of the professions
  • Qualitative
  • Case Studies
Glenys Caswell

  • Social management of dying and death
  • End of life care
  • Decision making at the end of life
  • Good death
  • Social science
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Sensitive research
Derek Chambers
  • Health promotion including lay epidemiology and concepts of risk 
  • Cultural health beliefs and their implications for health promotion
  • Theories of teaching and learning 
  • Qualitative research
  • Evaluation 
Philip Clissett

  • The care of older people and carers
  • Care of people with dementia in acute settings
  • Qualitative Methods
Paul Crawford

  • Health communication
  • Health language
  • Discourse in health care
  • Applications of arts and humanities in health care
  • Mental health
  • Community mental health
  • Mental health communication
  • Mental health language
  • Literature and mental health
  • Qualitative methods, in particular multimodal discourse analysis
  • Quantitative/mixed methods incorporating computational analysis of language (Corpus Linguistics)
Claire Diver

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine/ Physiotherapy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Illness experience, beliefs and perceptions: patients and carers perspectives
  • Advanced practice in physiotherapy
  • Corticosteroid injections in management of musculoskeletal disorders 
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Systematic Reviews
Avril Drummond

Avril Drummond
  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy interventions
  • Stroke and long term neurological conditions
  • Falls
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Service delivery
  • Long term follow up
  • Quantitative methods
  • RCTs
  • Cluster and multi centre RCTS
  • Mixed methods
Alison Edgley

  • Motherhood and wellbeing
  • Parenting and care
  • Caring and gender
  • Health Care Organisation
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative
  • Theory
  • Narratives and Critical Realism
Catrin Evans

  • Sexual, reproductive and maternal health
  • New technologies for health promotion
  • Internationalisation in healthcare higher education
  • Qualitative Methods
Carol Hall
  • Child Health
  • Nursing education/supporting learning for medicine administration practice
  • Nursing/Nursing Education policy for practice (particularly in the EU)
  • Mixed but prefer qualitative
Russell Harrison-Paul

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Layperson experiences of resuscitation
  • Use of automatic external defibrillators
  • Historical aspects of resuscitation practice
  • Qualitative methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Semi-structured interview
Pippa Hemingway
  • Children and Young People's Emergency care
  • Childhood acute illness
  • Parental perspectives
  • Parental decision-making and attendance factors
  • Interface between emergency, urgent care and primary care


Quantitative methods

  • Questionnaire surveys
  • Case-control studies 
  • Multiple logistic regression analysis
  • Systematic review

Qualitative methods

  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Inter-rater reliability
Paul Hendrick

  • Evaluating the Delivery and Management of Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Patient's and health practitioner's perceptions and beliefs of pain in chronic musculoskeletal conditions 
  • Musculoskeletal diagnosis, pain evaluation and classification in spinal pain
  • Measurement of physical activity and movement in chronic musculoskeletal conditions and occupational health
  • Evaluating potential predictors and non-responders in chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions
  • Clinical trials
  • Cohort study designs
  • Surveys
  • Mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) and systematic reviews
Victoria Hood

  • Movement analysis
  • Biomechanics
  • Older adults
  • Rehabilitation
  • Quantitative
  • Laboratory based
Jo Lymn

  • Prescribing
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Pre-term birth
  • Education
  • Cardiovascular biology


  • Laboratory-based techniques
  • Questionnaires
  • Quantitative (basic)
  • Mixed methods
Julie McGarry

  • Gender based violence
  • Elder abuse and domestic abuse in later life
  • Educational innovations
  • Dignity in care encounters
  • Domestic abuse (health contexts)
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Education innovations and the use of arts in health
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative methods
Christine Moffatt

Christine Moffatt
  • Wound Healing
  • Leg Ulceration
  • Lymphoedema
  • Compression therapy
  • Impact of chronic illness
  • Psychosocial aspects of living with chronic disease
  • Quality of Life assessment
  • New Treatment/technologies for wound healing
  • Health Service Evaluation
  • Epidemiology leg ulceration/chronic oedema
  • Mixed methods
  • Epidemiology
  • Service Evaluation
  • Qualitative Methods
Stuart Nairn
  • Critical care, in particular emergency care
  • Social theory
  • Sociology
  • Narratives
  • Critical realism
  • Resuscitation
  • Health care policy
  • Nursing Philosophy
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Qualitative methods all types
  • Discourse analysis
Kristian Pollock

  • Patient and family experience and understanding of illness and treatment
  • Communication in medical consultations
  • Advance Care Planning
  • End of life care
  • Dementia
  • Public attitudes to death and dying
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social science
  • Research ethics
Helen Spiby

  • Content of care and service provision during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum
  • Models and content of early labour service provision
  • Midwifery role and practice
  • Knowledge transfer and evidence based practice and policy in maternity
  • Development, integration and evaluation of new roles in maternity settings
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Mixed methods research
  • Systematic reviews
Theo Stickley

  • Mental Health
  • Arts and Health


  • Qualitative
  • Narrative inquiry
Denis Walsh

  • All areas of normal birth
  • Models of midwifery-led care, both structure and content
  • Normal childbirth and evidence-based midwifery practice
  • Place and mode of birth, and associated interprofessional issues
  • Childbirth embodiment
  • Epistemological and ontological positions, in particular critical realism
  • Qualitative methods: ethnography, phenomenology, action research, case study method, grounded theory, meta-synthesis, appraisal of qualitative research
  • Mixed methods
Michael Watson

  • Injury prevention
  • Health Promotion
  • Public health and Primary care
  • Settings for Health Promotion
  • Multi-agency strategies


  • Surveys (questionnaire and interview)
  • Draw and write technique
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Cochrane Systematic Reviews
  • Evaluation
Heather Wharrad
  • Elearning
  • Online multimedia patient education
  • Development of practice skills e-packages in healthcare and their evaluation (NB no programming expertise needed)
  • Use of information technology in health
  • Quantitative methods
  • Evaluation of elearning and online interventions
  • Participatory design/research
Richard Windle

  • Stress in health and disease
  • Endocrinology
  • Critical care physiology
  • Biological basis of mental health
  • Elearning
  • E-moderating
  • Web based learning
Nicola Wright
  • Mental health
  • Service organisation and delivery
  • Community mental healthcare
  • Care transitions - particularly hospital to community
  • Qualitative methods
  • Service evaluation


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