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Dr Pauline Nelson (PhD) - personal details

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Dr Pauline Nelson

Role: Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 6069


The Dermatology Research Centre

School of Medicine

Institute of Inflammation & Repair




I have a particular interest in qualitative methods, how people cope with conditions that affect appearance and service user involvement in research. I joined the Health Sciences research group at the University of Manchester in 2010 to work on qualitative aspects of the NIHR IMPACT Programme of research in psoriasis. Previously I spent several years managing international research programmes in craniofacial anomalies and supported by the Medical Research Council, I completed a PhD investigating the experiences of parents during their child's long-term treatment for cleft lip and/or palate. My post-doctoral research has focused on patients' experiences of living with long-term conditions (psoriasis, angina, COPD and diabetes) and as well as on the organisation and delivery of health services (early detection of cancer, patients' use of electronic health information, primary care services for people with learning disability, maternity service organisation, and smoking cessation).

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Member UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

Affiliate Member International Society for Behavioural Medicine


PhD, 2010 University of Manchester, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences: 'Parents' Experiences of Children's Long-Term Treatment for Cleft Lip and/or Palate' (A qualitative study using Grounded Theory)

Diploma in Careers Guidance, 1988 Manchester Polytechnic

B. A. (Hons), 1987 University of Manchester, French Studies, Class 2:i


I am a Research Fellow on the IMPACT Programme of research into psoriasis funded by NIHR. I am looking qualitatively at illness beliefs, coping, risk communication and behaviour change with patients and health care professionals using semi-structured interviews, Conversation Analysis and Framework Analysis.