Suzanne Van Even

Health and Wellbeing Alumni

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

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