Health and Wellbeing

  • Caitlin Lloyd

    Health and Wellbeing

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

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Does anxiety exert a causal influence on risk for anorexia nervosa?

    My research interests surround the aetiology of psychiatric disorders, and in particular anorexia nervosa. I also have an interest in the use of methodologies that promote the validity of inferences from research findings. My PhD research seeks to address whether anxiety phenotypes have a causal influence on anorexia nervosa. I am using a range of epidemiological approaches to test my hypotheses, with the aim of triangulating findings across different studies to promote the robustness of conclusions. In addition to my PhD research, I am involved with projects that probe biological and psychological mediators of eating behaviour and disordered eating.

    Research supervisors: Dr Anne Haase (Bristol), Dr Bas Verplanken (Bath)

    Email: el15519@my.bristol.ac.uk


  • 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


  • Georgia Smith

    Health and Wellbeing

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

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: The invisible epidemic: An exploration into the experiences, perceptions and understandings of Benzodiazepine and other medication use amongst older age groups

    Research supervisors: Dr Liz Lloyd (Bristol)

    Email: gs14219@bristol.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


  • 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


  • 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 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/


  • 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


  • Suzanne Van Even

    Health and Wellbeing

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

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: Psychological Impact, and Support Preferences of Black Men with Rheumatic Diseases

    Using a mixed methods approach, my research explores experiences of men from diverse black ethnic backgrounds, to try and begin to understand their coping strategies for rheumatic diseases.

    Research suggests that rheumatic diseases impact men in specific ways with respect to their feeling(s) of masculinity. Moreover, studies have shown that culture and ethnicity interplay with masculinity in important ways in other chronic conditions. However, little is known about the experience of rheumatic diseases among black men.

    Research supervisors: Professor Fiona Cramp, Dr Caroline Flurey, Dr John Pauling, Professor Paul Galdas, Professor Karen Rodham, Dr Mwidmi Ndosi

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Graduate member of the British Psychological Society SWDTP Student Representative

    Email: Suzanne.Vaneven@uwe.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-van-even-1363297

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SvanEven77


  • 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: Understanding the value of creative experiences for recovery from trauma in the context of socioeconomic inequality.

    Through innovative arts-based research methods the project seeks develop a rich and deep understanding of how individuals experience recovery from trauma through creative methods in the context of socioeconomic inequality. Furthermore investigating how stigmas within mental health and trauma effect the recovery process. The project aims to address preventative and supportive services which move beyond mind-body dualism while addressing the public pedagogy of surrounding these issues through an immersive public exhibition.

    Research supervisors: Professor Simone Fullagar, Professor Sarah Halligan

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Present Health Doctoral Student Representative and Department Peer Mentor Committee Member for Bath Science in Policy Chair for Bristol Action Medical for Research

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

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

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/VChrist0