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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Practitioner Psychologist - Health Psychology CPsychol

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society AFBPsS

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

External positions

External Examiner , University of Stirling

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 2000 2019

  • 42 Article
  • 2 Poster
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Conference contribution

Diagnostic uncertainty in youth with chronic pain and their parents

Neville, A., Jordan, A., Beveridge, J., Pincus, T. & Noel, M., 14 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Pain.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Socialization of Pain Memories: A Comparative Analysis of Parent-Child Reminiscing about Past Events Involving Pain versus Sadness

Pavlova, M., Graham, S., Jordan, A., Chorney, J., Vinall, J., Rasic, N., Brookes, J., Hoy, M., Yunker, W. & Noel, M., 28 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A Developmental Arrest? Interruption and Identity in Adolescent Chronic Pain

Jordan, A., Noel, M., Caes, L., Gauntlett-Gilbert, J. & Connell, H., 15 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Pain Reports.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Adolescent Development
Acute Pain
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Complementary Therapies
Open Access
Multiple Birth Offspring
Multiple Pregnancy