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Rachael Pattinson

Research student, HCARE, School of Healthcare Sciences

I am a PhD student in health psychology. I research and apply psychological principles to understand and effectively manage long-term inflammatory conditions, predominantly psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. My particular areas of interest are quality-of-life, behaviour change and patient self-management. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing. For my PhD, I am researching the impact that having a dermatological condition can have on patients’ lives and developing a patient-reported outcome measure to quantitatively capture that impact. My PhD forms part of the Global Research on the Impact of Dermatological Diseases (GRIDD) project (see Research). I am excited to be the first researcher to be awarded PhD funding by the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organisations.

After my PhD, I would like to continue my research in this area and to undertake the BPS Health Psychology Professional Doctorate in order to practise as a Chartered Health Psychologist.

Education and qualifications

2015: MSc Health Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

2013: Bsc (Hons) Applied Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

Honours and awards

2019: First reserve, Cumberland Lodge Life beyond the PhD award

Professional memberships

BPS Division of Health Psychology

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

Research interests

PhD

My PhD (supervised by Prof Chris Bundy and Dr Nick Courtier) involves the development of a patient-reported outcome measure to quantitatively measure the impact of living with a dermatological condition.

My PhD forms part of the Global Research on the Impact of Dermatological Diseases (GRIDD) project which is the first global research project on disease burden in multiple skin conditions and the first completely patient-initiated and –drive research project in dermatology. The GRIDD project aims to measure global disease burden across a wide spectrum of dermatological diseases by developing and using a new innovative measurement instrument. This instrument will be derived through a novel methodology called Global Research of Impact on Patients (GRIP), where the questions themselves have been derived from and co-designed directly with patients living with dermatological diseases. The data will be used to provide previously unavailable key data for the global dermatology community to use to advocate to policy- and decision-makers to encourage improved care paradigms for those living with skin conditions.

The GRIDD project is funded by the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organisations (IADPO) and is a collaboration between researchers at Cardiff and Hamburg Universities and staff and patient organisation members of IADPO.

I am responsible for disseminating this research and regularly attend prestigious international conferences.

Other research projects

Since graduating I have held Research Assistant or Research Associate posts on the following research projects:

  • Beliefs and distress in patients with facial palsies (University of Manchester and Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Psychological distress and coping following eye removal surgery (University of Manchester and Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Psychological stress and skin ageing (University of Manchester)
  • Psoriasis and binge-eating (University of Manchester)

Thesis

New Measure Development For Impact Of Living With An Inflammatory Skin Condition

My PhD involves the development of a patient-reported outcome measure to quantitatively measure the impact of living with a dermatological condition.


My PhD forms part of the Global Research on the Impact of Dermatological Diseases (GRIDD) project which is the first global research project on disease burden in multiple skin conditions and the first completely patient-initiated and –drive research project in dermatology. The GRIDD project aims to measure global disease burden across a wide spectrum of dermatological diseases by developing and using a new innovative measurement instrument. This instrument will be derived through a novel methodology called Global Research of Impact on Patients (GRIP), where the questions themselves have been derived from and co-designed directly with patients living with dermatological diseases. The data will be used to provide previously unavailable key data for the global dermatology community to use to advocate to policy- and decision-makers to encourage improved care paradigms for those living with skin conditions.

Funding source

International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations