Primary research theme: Dental Public Health and Health Services
Karen is a lecturer in dental public health and research officer in health economics at the University of Leeds. She gained her BSc (Hons) and MSc in Psychology and Psychological Research Methods from Lancaster University in 2006 and MSc (Teesside University) and PhD (University of Leeds, School of Medicine) in Health Psychology in 2013. She is Lecturer in Dental Public Health and has a joint position with the Academic Unit of Health Economics within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds.
She joined the University of Leeds as a Research Officer in 2008 in Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine whereby she undertook her PhD part-time alongside this role of a multi-centre study of the processes of care undertaken in Rheumatology clinics throughout the UK. Upon successful completion of this project she joined the team in the Academic Unit of Health Economics working on systematic reviews including cost-effectiveness.
She has been an invited speaker and Chair at the following national and international conferences and educational events:
- Facilitating adherence to treatment in rheumatology. Invited Chair at British Health Professional in Rheumatology conference 2013
- Patient initiated exchange: a random occurrence? Invited speaker and workshop facilitator Yorkshire Rheumatology Multidisciplinary Group study day 2011
- Understanding the patient perspective. Invited Chair at British Health Professionals in Rheumatology conference 2011
- Mind the gaps: making way for patients’ concerns. Abstract accepted as an oral presentation at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, 2011
- Do nurse specialists do it differently? Comparison of a CNS and Consultant led consultation. Invited speaker at European Rheumatology Nurses Meeting, 2010 (Rome)
She will lead qualitative research elements within WP2 together with Julia Csikar.