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Research interests

My research interests focus on the study of paediatric chronic pain and its impact on young people and families.  I am a core member of the Bath Centre for Pain Research and head up the Pain in Children research theme.



I continue to work to explore the experience and impact of parenting a child or young person with chronic pain on parents.  Work includes adopting a more systemic focus to examine the wider familial impact of paediatric chronic pain, including fathers and siblings in addition to parental chronic pain.  See here for a recent qualitative synthesis that addresses parental relationships.


Pain narratives

Current work takes a narrative approach to studying how young people and their families understand and make sense of their pain.  I am working to examine how narratives are co-constructed within the family unit and how narratives develop across childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.


Social development

Taking a developmental angle I examine the socio-developmental challenges (e.g. development of autonomy, peer relationships) in paediatric chronic pain and how these challenges are managed by young people and families.  I am in particularly interested in studying identity in this context.  


Diagnostic uncertainty

Finally, I am working collaboratively to explore how young people, parents and clinicians make sense of idiopathic paediatric chronic pain when there is perceived uncertainty concerning its cause and/or prognosis.  See here for our recent review.


PhD supervision

I am keen to discuss potential PhD applications in any of my areas of research detailed above or related areas.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Practitioner Psychologist - Health Psychology CPsychol, Practitioner Psychologist - Health Psychology

Award Date: 20 Jul 2018

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society AFBPsS, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

External positions

External Examiner , University of Stirling


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