An update on our PhD students

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We’re delighted to be able to give some more detail about the work of some of our PhD students.

Amy Mathieson‘s PhD is concerned with supporting family carers in providing home-based palliative care. She will be implementing an educational resource for carers looking after a family member towards the end-of-life. Prior to starting her PhD, Amy worked at the University of Manchester as a Research Assistant, with CLAHRC GM and the NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Amy’s supervisors are Professor Gunn Grande and Professor Karen Luker.

Isabel Adeyemi’s PhD is part of our patient-centred care theme and is titled “can self-determination based interventions promote physical activity amongst people with physical mental multimorbidity”? Isabel is using a mixed-methods research design to develop an intervention to increase physical activity in sedentary adults with multimorbidity. Self-management behaviours, such as physical activity, are influenced by physical, social, psychological, and economic factors. In her PhD, Isabel is focussing more on isolating modifiable factors that have a psychological component and are implicated in motivation to engage in physical activity. Isabel’s supervisors are Dr Peter Coventry, Dr Sarah Knowles, and Professor Chris Armitage.

Jacqueline Lavallee has a health psychology background and is part of our wound care programme within the community services theme. Her PhD looks at “preventing pressure ulcers in the community” and her supervisors are Professor Dame Nicky Cullum and Dr Jo Dumville.

Dr Jennifer Voorhees is a GP from the United States who has previous experience researching access to primary care within a community. Jennifer moved to the UK in the summer of 2014 to join our primary care theme and will be based at The University of Manchester’s Centre for Primary Care. Her PhD is titled “understanding and improving access to primary care in Greater Manchester through community-based participatory research” and will be supervised by Dr Kath Checkland, Dr Simon Bailey and Prof Heather Waterman.

Nia Coupe has previous experience of working with CLAHRC GM on the COINCIDE trial, as well as various other research trials within The University of Manchester. Nia has joined our patient-centred care theme with her PhD “the implementation of a pledge scheme to promote behaviour change in people who are overweight or obese: feasibility and acceptability of implementation in primary care and community settings”, which will be supervised by Dr Sarah Peters and Dr Sarah Cotterill.