Anna is a Research Fellow in Psychology, School of Social Sciences. Her research experience is in the fields of health psychology, positive psychology and mixed methods evaluations. Anna previously worked at Coventry University in the field of Health Psychology, researching complementary therapy and complex health interventions. In 2007, Anna completed her PhD at Coventry University, which was entitled "Positive reinterpretation in parents of children with cerebral palsy". Her research expertise includes evaluation of complex health interventions, mixed methods research, and understanding the patient experience of long-term health conditions and their treatment. Anna has conducted research in a variety of areas including social prescribing, complementary therapy, chronic back pain, resilience training for healthcare professionals, GP well-being, graded exercise therapy for CFS/ME, men’s mental health and well-being, cervical screening and experience-led commissioning. Her current research includes: understanding orthorexia nervosa, evaluating yoga on social prescription in west London, and the legacy of HIV on health and social care system.
Anna has delivered lectures and supported workshops for Undergraduate, Masters and Professional Doctorate students at the University of Westminster. Topics covered include developing and evaluating health interventions, positive psychology, qualitative research methods, mixed methods research, online surveys, experience led commissioning and real life research experiences.
Current Research Interests
- Chronic illness and disability
- Complementary Therapies
- Positive psychology
- Psychosocial interventions
- Patient experiences
- Health Prevention and Intervention
Supporting Patients with lOng-term health Conditions (SPOC)
Evaluating yoga on social prescription
Understanding and measuring orthorexia
What do GPs need to support and build their resilience?
Graded Exercise Therapy guided SElf-help Treatment (GETSET) for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: an interview study
September 2009 to present: Research Fellow, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Westminster
February 2002 to September 2009: Researcher, Faculty of Life Sciences, Coventry University