Health and Wellbeing

  • Florence Neville

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing ESRC (+3)
    UWE Bristol, Health and Social Sciences

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Autism and anxiety: are key diagnostic ‘deficit criteria’ actually effective strategies for the self-management of anxiety in autistic adults?

    I aim to explore whether key autism diagnostic criteria, often seen as deficit traits or behaviours, are actually effective strategies for reducing anxiety in autistic individuals. For instance, “persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction,” “restricted, repetitive patterns” and “insistence on sameness” may be necessary strategies in reducing levels of novel or challenging stimuli to be processed and so reduce anxiety.

    This will be an exploratory sequential study within a participatory framework. The research methodology will be underpinned by the social theory of disability which considers that autistic disability results from societal barriers rather than from autistic neurology.

    Research supervisors: Dr Issy Bray (UWE Bristol), Dr Felicity Sedgewick (Bristol), Dr Jo White (UWE Bristol), Dr Stuart McClean (UWE Bristol)

    Email: Florence2.Neville@live.uwe.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FloNevilleNAT

    Website/Blog: https://autismhwb.com/


  • Gemma Brailey

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Establishing physical activity patterns that are conducive to bone health in children and adolescents

    There is a large body of evidence demonstrating that high impact, dynamic physical activity (PA) performed during childhood and adolescence induces positive adaptations in bone and leads to the attenuation of a greater peak bone density in early adulthood. This has a protective effect against fracture and osteoporosis later in life. However, the exact patterns of PA (type, frequency, intensity and duration) that bring about these optimal adaptations remain unknown and so my research aims to establish these by developing a measurement technique that allows the impact of PA on bone health to be assessed in free-living situations.

    Research supervisors: Dr Victoria Stiles (Exeter), Dr Lisa Price (Exeter)

    Email: gb422@exeter.ac.uk


  • Georgina Wort

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: Overcoming Physical Activity Inequalities in Primary School Children.

    Physical activity is important for children’s development; low physical activity can negatively impact physical and mental health. Previous research has found children are not meeting current physical activity levels with large inequalities between children, particularly between girls and boys and those from different socio-economic backgrounds. To date interventions have been unsuccessful in addressing these issues. My research aims to address this by using a mixed-method and interdisciplinary approach, before co-designing an intervention to increase primary school children’s physical activity levels.

    Research supervisors: Professor Dylan Thompson, Dr Simon Sebire, Dr Oliver Peacock, Dr Gareth Wiltshire

    Email: gw597@bath.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/george_wort


  • Joe Lillis

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences / Medical School

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Investigating the relationship between multiple environmental exposures and inequalities in common mental disorders in England.

    Two topics fascinate me: the environments we live and grow up in, and the way that health is unequally patterned in society. I intend to explore and develop new understanding of how our local environment and its many characteristics protect or harm our mental health. Working closely with Public Health England will allow me to create evidence that directly informs those with the power to utilise it. Importantly I will also geographically map the results, allowing a wider audience to visually engage with the findings.

     

    Research supervisors: Dr Ben Wheeler (University of Exeter), Professor Chris Metcalfe (University of Bristol)

    Email: jl1108@exeter.ac.uk / joelillis@gmail.com

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joejlillis


  • Joshua Culverhouse

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: Understanding the influence of patterns, types, and contexts of physical activity on health, wellbeing and quality-of-life in older-adults receiving support for independent living, and those in long-term care: a mixed methods approach

    Research supervisors: Dr. Richard Pulsford, Dr Lydia Collison, Prof Melyvn Hilsdon, Dr Cassandra Phoenix

    Email: jwc216@exeter.ac.uk


  • Kelly Spurlock ANutr

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC +3)
    UWE Bristol, Nursing and Midwifery

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: How does parental engagement with weaning advice affect wellbeing.

    Using a mixed-methods approach I plan to explore how parents access infant feeding information by bringing together the medical model of nutrition and psychosocial determinants of health.

     

    Parental feeding behaviours do not often reflect current infant feeding guidelines which can lead to reduced health outcomes.

     

    Parents, particularly mothers, can experience judgment from healthcare providers for their feeding choices which may affect how they interact with services and information seeking to avoid feelings of guilt or shame.

     

    I have a degree in Nutrition and practical experience providing weaning advice to mothers in the private and third sectors.

    Research supervisors: Dr Sally Dowling, Dr Patricia Lucas

    Email: Kelly.spurlock@uwe.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-spurlock-anutr-16b04776

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KellySpurlock23


  • Matthew Northcote

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Physical activity and the growing family: A mixed methods study of how physical activity participation changes as a result of the reconfiguration of interrelated practices after the arrival of a new baby.

    My research will provide a detailed understanding of the changes to the physical activity of household members after the arrival of a new baby. Physical activity is complex, and its analysis necessitates precise objective measurement using advanced quantitative methods. Also, insight into the contexts in which physical activity behaviours occur will be obtained using rigorous qualitative methods where practice theories will provide a novel theoretical lens. This mixed-methods approach will provide insights that are genuinely innovative and highly interdisciplinary which, through partnerships with Public Health England, Sport England, and Bristol City Council, will help inform policy and practice.

    Research supervisors: Dr Charlie Foster (Bristol), Dr Fiona Spotswood (Bristol), Dr Richard Pulsford (Exeter), Professor David Evans (Bristol

    Email: av20205@bristol.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-northcote-142465131/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NorthcoteMatt


  • Nasrul Ismail

    Health and Wellbeing, Student Rep

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC +3 )
    UWE Bristol, Health and Social Sciences

    Start date: October 2017

    Research topic: Understanding the impact of macroeconomic austerity on prisoner health and wellbeing in England

    Using qualitative methods, my research will investigate the variegated, deepening impact of austerity on prisoner health and wellbeing.

    To date, no qualitative studies have focused on understanding the effects of austerity on prisoner health and wellbeing. The evidence is dominated by quantitative studies that make associations between fiscal consolidation and prison instability.

    Responding to this omission, my research will deliver four interdisciplinary work programmes, covering international, national, regional, and individual domains that will collectively explore the current disconnect between policy and practice.

    This research project is supported by 11 key organisations involved with prison health in England.

    Research supervisors: Dr Nick de Viggiani, Professor Christina Pantazis

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Member of Early Career Academics Network, Howard League for Penal Reform Associate Member of the Local Authorities Research Intelligence Association (LARIA) Member of the Market Research Society (MRS) SWDTP Student Representative

    Email: Nasrul.Ismail@uwe.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nasrulismail

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/nasrulismail27

    Website/Blog: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nasrul_Ismail


  • Rebecca Reece

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3
    UWE Bristol, Department of Health and Social Sciences

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Comparing methods of exposure to urban environments and their effect on enhancing mental wellbeing.

    The aims of my PhD research are to identify optimal urban environments which could confer similar benefits in immersive virtual reality (IVR) to real life; to explore the potential to use such technology and stimuli for the benefit of elderly populations with limited mobility, and; to pilot the effectiveness of a virtual reality intervention for this population. This will be an interdisciplinary project, involving Public Health and Applied Psychology, and will use a mixed-methods approach.

    I am undertaking my MRes at the University of Bath and then studying my PhD at UWE Bristol.

    Research supervisors: Dr Chris Alford (UWE Bristol) , Dr Issy Bray (UWE Bristol), Dr Lewis Elliott (Exeter)

    Email: rr688@bath.ac.uk / rebecca2.reece@live.uwe.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-reece-a8b658153/


  • Rebecca Reed

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: Investigating the potential of selected teachers to become key leaders in long-term, school based, mental health interventions

    Research supervisors: Dr Emma Rich, Dr Anne Haase, Prof Simon Fullager

    Email: rr453@bath.ac.uk


  • Robert Mann

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Children’s Health & Exercise Research Centre, Sport & Health Sciences

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Training Practices, Health Problems and Athletic Identity in Adolescent Distance Runners.

    This PhD research aims to improve our understanding regarding the typical training practices (i.e. what type of training is being completed?), health problems (i.e. which injuries and illnesses occur most frequently and what are the associated risk factors?) and athletic identity (i.e. how do health problems influence an individual’s athletic identity?) of adolescent distance runners. An interdisciplinary research design will be used, in order to generate an integrated understanding of these themes. This research will form a distinct contribution to the existing literature by improving our knowledge of how to manage the training practices and health problems of adolescent distance runners, with applicability to coaches, practitioners, athletes and academics.

    Research supervisors: Dr Alan Barker (Bath), Professor Craig Williams (Exeter) , Dr Bryan Clift

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Member.
    • Organising Committee Member SWDTC Student Conference 2016.
    • Student Staff Liaison Committee Subject Chair: Sport and Health Sciences, 2015/16.

    Email: rm537@exeter.ac.uk


  • Ruben Mcneil-Walsh

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    UWE Bristol, Health and Social Sciences

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: Exploring coping strategies demonstrated by young men in response to rheumatoid arthritis and pain; do they develop the skills for disease self-management while managing the challenges of multiple-transitions?

    Research supervisors: Dr Caroline Flurey, Prof Chris Ecclestone, Dr Joanna Robson

    Email: ruben.walsh@uwe.ac.uk


  • Russell Peek

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: Thriving under pressure: How occupational stress affects the performance, progression, mental health, and well-being of doctors in training.

    As a medical educator, I’m interested in the effect of occupational stress on doctors in training.  My PhD research programme aims to understand variability in response to stress from a psychophysiological perspective, and how such variability influences the performance, progression, mental health, and well-being of medical learners.  Developments from this research offer the potential to identify trainees who would benefit from targeted early support, and develop evidence based interventions to allow doctors to thrive under pressure. This helps safeguard the productivity and wellbeing of the future healthcare workforce and, ultimately, improve patient safety.

    Research supervisors: Dr Rachel Arnold, Professor Mark Wilson, Dr Samuel Vine, Dr Lee Moore, Professor Andy Smith, Professor Peter Turnbull

    Email: rjp74@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/russell-peek-19674b18/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/russell_peek


  • Samantha Eden

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC +3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: An interdisciplinary investigation of the exercise-nutrition- affect relationship

    Research supervisors: Dr Javier Gonzalez, Dr Kim Wright

    Email: s.l.eden@bath.ac.uk


  • Sarah Blake

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: The impact of Electronic Patient Health Records on patients with potential vulnerabilities and complex needs and their relationship with their healthcare providers.

    Our healthcare systems are currently going through vast changes. Possibly some of the most significant transformations since Enlightenment. The medical establishment, the technology industry and patients are integrating in a manner which has not been witnessed before. The technological changes in patient online access to Electronic Patient Health Records (EPHRs) is potentially more convenient for patients, empowers and enables them to take better control of their health and health behaviour, helps them to navigate a complex system, and may make services more efficient and cost effective. But there is also the possibility for unintended harm, particularly related to privacy and confidentiality, and patients with complex needs or potential vulnerabilities could potentially experience significant impacts to their healthcare and relationship with their providers.

    Research supervisors: Dr Emma Williamson, Dr Andy Gibson, Dr Jeremy Horwood

    Email: sarahblake200@hotmail.com

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sarah-blake-26426082

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahblake200

    Website/Blog: https://sarahblake.co.uk/


  • Sian Duncan

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing ESRC (1+3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: The Psychological Response to and Engagement with Climate Change.

    I will be studying the role of “negative” emotions and experiences, such as grief, fear, uncertainty, guilt and blame, as well as “positive” aspects, such as mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, hope and gratitude, and how these experiences relate to peoples’ ability to cope with the climate situation and future predictions. The role of emotions and practices in positive climate action will also be explored.

    Research supervisors: Dr Elizabeth Marks (Bath), Professor Paul Chadwick (Bath), Dr Catherine Butler (Exeter)

    Email: smd71@bath.ac.uk


  • Stacey Windeatt

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2011

    Research topic: Social influence and action observation: The role of the actor in promoting recovery

    Research supervisors: Dr Mark Tarrant (Exeter), Dr Joanne Smith (Exeter), Dr Afroditi Stathi (Bath)

    Email: slmw202@exeter.ac.uk


  • Tess Legg

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Corporate influence on health science

    Health policies with potential for a profound effect on health status (such as reducing tobacco/alcohol use, and unhealthy diets) are frequently not being implemented. A major barrier to progress is the influence of corporations who prioritise profit over public health, and whose interests would be threatened by implementation of such policies.

    Through my research I will create a typology of corporate influence on health science and policy. I will explore the ways in which policy makers evaluate evidence. I will investigate policy infrastructure and draw conclusions about how the use of science in public discourse and policymaking can be improved.

    Research supervisors: Professor Anna Gilmore (Bath), Professor Stephan Lewandowsky (Bristol)

    Email: tl706@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/tess-legg-1902b040

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tess_legg


  • Tom Arthur

    Health and Wellbeing

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: Exploring the Visuomotor Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Recent research argues that deficits in motor functioning are a key feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with renowned clumsiness and impaired motor co-ordination emerging as typical traits. My research will bring together elements from developmental psychology, neuroscience and sports science to better understand the functional deficits shown by ASD populations. Specifically, in collaboration with the Centre of Applied Autism Research in Bath, we aim to increase our understanding of how and why these motor difficulties emerge, before developing a novel intervention that can combat such deficits and enhance motor learning.

    Research supervisors: Dr Samuel Vine, Dr Gavin Buckingham, Professor Mark Brosnan

    Email: tga202@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TomGArthur


  • Victoria Christodoulides

    Health and Wellbeing, Student Rep

    PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC +3)
    University of Bath, Department for Health

    Start date: October 2018

    Research topic: A critical and creative exploration of childhood trauma recovery. Knowing-doing trauma-informed public pedagogy.

    Victoria Christodoulides is an SWDTP scholarship PhD student within the Health Department at the University of Bath. Victoria’s project focuses on co-exploring how childhood trauma recovery literacies impact understanding and practising of recovery beyond the biomedical. Using co-constructive Participatory Action arts based approaches, Victoria looks to explore how informal public pedagogical spaces can support this extension. Victoria is utilising an interdisciplinary perspective incorporating sociology, policy and the arts with expertise from Universities at Bath and UWE. Working collaboratively with external organisations the project will develop an engaging experience through an exhibition examining these questions within public space. Victoria engages with post-qualitative inquiry and feminist new materialist thought to support the re-imagination of how recovery literacies are conceptualised and utilised, with particular attention to affective pedagogies.

     

    Research supervisors: Professor Emma Rich, Dr Alinka Gearon, Professor Leslie Bunt

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Present Health Doctoral Student Representative Social Research Association

    Email: V.A.Christodoulides@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-christodoulides-98885552/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/VChrist0