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Dr Nina Jacob

Research Associate - Qualitative

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I am a qualitative researcher at Cardiff University's Centre for Trials Research.  My background is in medical sociology and I have a longstanding interest in the health and wellbeing of children and young people and the role that parents and families play in their lives.

I have experience in deploying a wide range of qualitative methods and using sociological theories in advancing the science of improvement in health and social care.


Education and qualifications

PhD Social Science (Category 1), Cardiff University 2005 – 2008

MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, 2004 – 2005

BSc Sociology (2:1), Cardiff University, 2000 – 2003

Professional memberships

The British Sociological Association (BSA)

Academic positions

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, DECIPHer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (2012- 2015)

Research Assistant (ESRC post-doctoral training fellowship in qualitative health research), DECIPHer, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol (2009 -2012)

Speaking engagements

Jacob. N (2016) Using qualitative methods to drive the PUMA (Paediatric early warning system - Utilisation and Mortality Avoidance) study, South West Qualitative Research Symposium, University of Bath, 23 March

Jacob, N. K. 2015. Realising the potential of social media for self-harm research. Presented at: 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 16-20 June 2015.

Jacob, N. (2014) Social media and self-harm: new technologies, new behaviours, DECIPHer Annual Symposium (26 November, Welsh Millennium Centre)

Jacob, N. (2011) Alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and young people: a qualitative exploration of young people’s perceptions of substance use (30 June – 1 July, UKCRC Centres of Excellence Summer School, Queen’s University Belfast)

Jacob, N. (2011) Understanding Suicide: conversations with the bereaved.  Bristol Suicide and self-harm research group (24 September, School of Social and Community Medicine, Bristol University)

Jacob, N. (2011) A qualitative exploration into young people’s perceptions of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis.  South West Public Health Conference (January, Weston Super Mare)

Jacob, N. (2009) The geneticization of suicide: families’ management of guilt and responsibility. BSA Annual conference (16 – 18 April, Cardiff City Hall)

Jacob, N. (2008) The meaning of suicide. BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference (4-6 September, University of Sussex)













My research interests include;

* The health and wellbeing of children and young people

* Self-harm and suicidal behaviours

* The role of the family in the health of children

* Qualitative methodological innovation

I am currently working on an ethnographic study exploring the use of professional judgement in nurse staffing decisions, which is funded by the RCN Foundation

Research funding

‘Self-harm and Suicide in Children and Young People Research Collaboration’, GW4 (£56,720.94), 2016 (Co-investigator)

ESRC Impact Acceleration Fund, ESRC (£3k), 2015, (Principle investigator)

‘Self-harm and suicide in children and young people research collaboration’ for GW4 (£4k), 2014 (Co-investigator)

Cardiff incoming visiting award, for Cardiff University (£5k), 2014 (Principle investigator)

‘Understanding the role of social media in the aftermath of youth suicides’ for Department of Health (£188,147) 2013 (Co-investigator)

‘The efficacy of the virtual support world for young people who self-harm and its use in ‘real’ world care: views of young self-harmers’ Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for NISCHR (£160,185), 2012-2015 (Principle investigator)

‘Understanding suicide: conversations with the bereaved’ PhD for ESRC (£50k), 2004-2008 (Principle investigator)