Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I graduated from Keele University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1997. I then worked within the NHS and private sector specialising in the area of musculoskeletal outpatients. During this time I developed a special interest in chronic pain management that led me to undertake a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the University of East Anglia from 2002-3.
In 2004 I joined the University of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit as a Clinical Research Fellow investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural (CB) group approach to chronic low back pain (Back Skills Training Trial; BeST). My PhD, conducted at the University of Warwick, investigated the competence of physiotherapists to deliver CB approaches and was awarded in 2014.
I have been working within the RRIO team since July 2014 as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in CBT. I am primarily interested in using the CBT model to improve patient care through up skilling health professionals and also using CBT to enable patient self-management. I am a co-applicant on the BOOST Trial and will be primarily involved in intervention development and delivery.
Outside of the RRIO group I deliver CBT training for health professionals and retain practice links through continued work as a CBT therapist and as a physiotherapist.
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Implementation of the Back Skills Training Programme
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