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I am a Health Psychologist and Senior Researcher funded by the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) on Healthcare Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance. I am an expert member of the Government's Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI) which provides practical and scientific advice to the government on minimising the risk of healthcare associated infections.
I work on projects aimed at reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescribing in primary care. This is important because antibiotics are a scarce resource and evidence indicates that they are often prescribed unnecessarily for uncomplicated acute infections. I am interested in changing the behaviour of patients, so that they consume fewer antibiotics, and the behaviour of clinicians, so that fewer antibiotics are prescribed.
I have a particular interest in qualitative methods and undertaking exploratory research with populations to find out why people behave in a certain way. My previous research has involved both primary and secondary analysis of qualitative data and triangulation of mixed methods data.
Previously I completed a BSc in Psychology (Cardiff University), a Masters in Health Psychology (University of Bath) and a PhD in Health Psychology and Professional Practice (University of Southampton). I am currently registered as Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Before my current post I worked as a research fellow in the Academic Unit of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton. This involved working on an international trial of a web-based intervention to reduce antibiotic prescribing by GPs and working on two national studies investigating treatment options for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease.
I am interested in supervising undergraduate or masters level students and in co-supervising DPhil students on projects relating to patient or clinician behaviour, particularly in relation to decision-making.
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