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Dr Lucy Brookes-Howell

Dr Lucy Brookes-Howell

Senior Research Fellow - Qualitative

Overview

I am a Senior Research Fellow (Qualitative) and Head of Qualitative Research for The Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University.

I began my research career at the Centre for Language and Communication Research training in interactional sociolinguistics. My doctoral research explored diagnostic uncertainty in genetics and society. Following this I developed international networks with discourse researchers and assisted in the launch of the Annual International Conferences on Communication, Medicine & Ethics and acted as Editorial Associate for the journal Communication & Medicine.

I moved to the South East Wales Trials Unit when it was first established in 2006, now Centre for Trials Research. I initially focused on the use of qualitative methods in infections. I then began to broaden my research portfolio to include the use of qualitative methods with vulnerable population groups, and children/young people and parenting, and using qualitative methods with trials.

I am a co-applicant on studies funded by NIHR (RAPID, SenITA, BATCH), ESRC (DM IN GENETICS), HCRW Research for Patient and Public Benefit (PLACEMENT, TRIDENT), and Charity Action for Children (MIST). I supervise students at Doctoral and Masters level, and am a Fellowship Advisor.

My research interests include:

  • Health communication
  • Patient voices
  • Children, young people and parenting
  • Infections
  • Using qualitative methods with vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations
  • Qualitative methods and trials
  • Large-scale, multi-country qualitative research design

Biography

Qualifications

  • 2002 PhD Communication, Cardiff University
  • 1998 PgradDip (Distinction) Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University
  • 1996 BA(Hons) (First class) Language and Communication, Cardiff University

Academic positions

  • 2006-current Research Fellow (Qualitative), Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University
  • 2004-2006 Research Coordinator, Health Communication Research Centre, Cardiff University
  • 2000-2004 Research Associate, Health Communication Research Centre Cardiff University
  • 1998-2000 Research Assistant, Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University

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Current Grants

  • Title: Framing the trajectories of decision-making in the context of predictive and prenatal genetic and genomic tests. Funder: Economic and Social Research Council. £ 815691.74. Chief Investigator: Prof Angus Clarke. Co-applicants: Dr Lucy Brookes-Howell et al.
  • Title: TRIal designs for DElivery of Novel Therapies for Neurodegeneration (TRIDENT). Funder: Health & Care Research Wales, Research for Patient and Public Benefit Wales (RfPPB). £223,132.00. Chief Investigator: Prof Ann Rosser. Co-applicants: Dr Lucy Brookes-Howell et al.
  • Title: Biomarker-guided duration of Antibiotic Treatment in Children Hospitalised with confirmed or suspected bacterial infection (The BATCH Trial). Funder: NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme £1.4 million. Chief Investigator: Prof Enitan Carrol. Co-applicants: Dr Lucy Brookes-Howell et al.
  • Title: Perineural Local Anaesthetic Catheter aftEr Major lowEr limb amputatioN Trial (PLACEMENT). Funder: Health & Care Research Wales, Research for Patient and Public Benefit Wales (RfPPB). £210, 552. Chief Investigator: Dr Chris Twine. Co-applicants: Dr Lucy BrookesHowell et al.
  • Title: A pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial of Sensory Integration Therapy versus usual care for sensory processing difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder in children: impact on behavioural difficulties, adaptive skills and socialisation (SenITA). Funder: NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. £1,185,180. Chief Investigator: Dr Rachel McNamara. Co-applicants: Dr Lucy Brookes-Howell et al.
  • Title: Pragmatic RAndomised controlled trial of a trauma-focused guided self help Programme versus InDividual Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for post traumatic stress disorder (RAPIDTFCBT). Funder: NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. £1,135,332.88. Chief Investigator: Prof Jon Bisson. Co-applicants: Dr Lucy Brookes-Howell et al.
  • Realist evaluation of the multi-disciplinary intervention service Torfaen (MIST). Funder: Action for Children. £30,292. Chief Investigator: Sue Channon. Co-applicants: Dr Lucy Brookes-Howell et al.
  • Centre for Trials Research, 2018-2020, Health and Care Research Wales, £1,733,333.