Dr Rebecca Dimond
Rebecca joined the CUREMeDE team in January 2013 to work on the iDoc project with Alison Bullock and Mark Stacey. Rebecca is a medical sociologist and her work at CUREMeDE involves exploring the intersection of information technology, patient care and professional socialisation. Her work builds on her previous research and studies exploring social aspects of medicine. Her PhD, completed in 2010, was a multi-sited ethnography on the social construction of a rare genetic disorder, 22q11 deletion syndrome (drawing on observation of clinical consultations and conferences, and interviews with families and health professionals). She has previously worked on several research projects at Cesagen (the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics), exploring the implications of genetic disease for patients, families and professionals. The first focused on communication strategies of patients and carriers of haemophilia, and the second focused on the patient experience of mitochondrial disease in the context of emerging reproductive technologies. Rebecca gained an MSc in Social Science Research Methods whilst studying for her PhD and has a BSc and MA with the Open University.