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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


Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research

Institute of Inflammation & Repair




My expertise is in qualitative methods with a particular interest in how people cope with conditions that affect appearance, supporting young people with skin conditions to self-manage and service user involvement in research. I joined the Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research in 2010 to lead on the qualitative aspects of the NIHR IMPACT Programme of research in psoriasis. This work has helped to establish qualitative research as a major strand in dermatology through national and international conference contributions across a range of disciplines and publications in high impact international journals. I am currently developing research with young people living with dermatological conditions and serve as Section Editor (Qualitative Research) at the BJD.

My PhD study was supported by the Medical Research Council and investigated the experiences of parents during their child's long-term treatment for cleft lip and/or palate. Other post-doctoral research focused on patients' experiences of living with long-term conditions (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). In addition, have several years experience of managing international research programmes in the field of craniofacial anomalies.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Section Editor British Journal of Dermatology (Qualitative Research)

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 in health services research applied to dermatology. I use a range of qualitative methods to investigate illness beliefs, coping, risk communication and behaviour change with patients with skin conditions and their health care professionals. I am Co-Investigator and Lead Researcher on an RfPB project to support young people with acne, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis to self-manage more effectively. In 2015 I took on a senior external role as Section Editor at BJD (Qualitative Research) to lead the journal's strategy for expanding the range and scope of qualitative research in dermatology.


Tutor for Personal Excellence Pathway, 1st Year undergraduate medical students.