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Dr Alice Malpass

Dr Alice Malpass

Dr Alice Malpass
B.A.(N'cle), Ph.D.(N'cle)

Senior Research Fellow

Area of research

Meta-ethnography/ Cognitive Interviewing/ Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy

Office 1.03b
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7280

Summary

BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

With a background in anthropology, since 2009 Alice has explored the links between respiratory illness and mental health, most recently (2015-2020) as a co-applicant of the inter-disciplinary Life of Breath project www.lifeofbreath.org. She is a member of  the Expert Faculty of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG). Alongside this Alice has continued collaborating on research into other chronic conditions prevalent in primary care, mainly mental health, diabetes and eczema as well as the primary care response to domestic violence and abuse (DVA), most recently, an adapted trauma informed MBCT intervention for survivors of DVA (BRC funded CoMFORT study-ongoing)

RESEARCH MANAGEMENT AND INCOME

She has been PI, Qualitative Lead or Co-applicant on 15 research grants worth £45 million (including three public engagement grants) since 2008.

METHODOLOGICAL EXPERTISE

Alice has two methodological interests and areas of expertise: Qualitative Evidenece Synthesis (QES) using meta-ethnography to synthesise qualitative research findings; and the use of cognitive interviewing techniques to critique quantitative assumptions of measurement. Currently Alice is framing her work in terms of sensorial anthropology, exploring the process by which lived sensations become measurable symptoms.

IMPACT AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Alice has collaborated with arts health practitioner Elspeth Penny (2BUProductions) in a series of public engagement workshops, using therapeutic creative writing with those experiencing breathlessness. This has culminated in qualitative data being incorporated into pieces of choral composition by Toby Young, 'Under The Surface' and an art installation by Louise Jenkins called 'Suspended Breath'.

MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY (MBCT)

Alice is a qualified MBCT teacher, having trained at the Centre for Mindfulness research and Practice in the psychology department at Bangor University (2009-2013). Since 2011 Alice has taught the 8 week course in mindfulness based cognitive therapy to university staff and undergraduate medical students-the latter are referred from student health services, the counselling service or the student advisory service.

Alice contributes to the field of mental health and wellbeing within the University. She is regularly approached to run workshops in mindfulness based approaches, both locally (inside the department and wider University) as well as at other institutions (e.g. Severn Deanery/ Bristol CCG). Alice's expertise in academic applications of mindfulness is also sought from other institutions (e.g. Exeter, Oxford, Southampton) for PhD supervision and as external examiner. 

TEACHING

Alice is co-Director with Christie Cabral on a 3 day course in QES: using Meta-ethnography. She has writen course materials and given lectures for other PHS short courses in the past, including qualitative approaches to critical appraisal. She has run tutorials for MB21, such as Behavioural Social Science, designed and delivered Student Selected modules, including setting and marking assignments. She has supervised medical students, clinicians and researchers, including MSc and PhD students. She has coordinated co-teachers to deliver lif elong learning courses and overseen the administration of these courses. Markers of her expertise in teaching are being awarded a University Teaching Award in 2015 and being invited to be PhD/MSc supervisor at other institutions on account of her subject expertise in MBCT and mindfulness based approaches: e.g. Universities of Exeter, Bangor, Bath

 

Biography

 

Alice Malpass, PhD, is an NIHR Research Fellow who has worked as a Research Associate at the University of Bristol since 2003 and in the School of Social and Community-Based Medicine, University of Bristol since 2006. Alice joined the Academic Unit of Primary Health Care in 2006 as a research associate and progressed to the grade of Research Fellow in 2011.

Alice has a background in social anthropology and social policy. Her doctoral work was a social anthropological study based upon 18 months ethnographic fieldwork in Karnataka, South India (2000-2002), where she explored changing perceptions of health and the self in relation to bio-genetic agricultural transformations in rural South India.  

Teaching

Teaching

  • Director of one day short course in meta-ethnography (forthcoming-2014/2015)
  • Director of one day short course on the use of cognitive interviewing in sensitive health services research (forthcoming 2014/2015)
  • 8 week taught SSC  to second year medical students: 'Mindfulness and its Clinical Applications'
  • Seminar slot for Whole Person Care module: 'Mindfulness and its clinical applications'
  • Seminar slot on SSCM short course: 'Critical appraisal within meta-ethnography'
  • Tutor on Short course in qualitative methods: 'Qualitative interviewing'
  •  Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for medical students who are experiencing stress and mild-moderate anxiety or low mood.
  • Mindfulness courses for staff: taster sessions and full 8 week course
  • Masterclass in Mindfulness for senior faculty staff across Severn Deanery

Keywords

  • primary care mental health

Skills

  • Depression Mental Health COPD Asthma

Processes and functions

  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy

Methodologies

  • Qualitative research methods Meta-ethnography Cognitive Interviewing

Expertise

I have two methodological interests and areas of expertise: using meta-ethnography to synthesise qualitative research findings; and the use of cognitive interviewing techniques. Since 2006 my research has focused upon mental health, in particular the use of Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy as an intervention for respiratory patients with anxiety and/or depression; the decision making relationship between patients and GPs in a new episode of depression; the use of a psychological intervention for women referred by their GP to a domestic violence advocate agency. MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY (MBCT) I am a qualified MBCT teacher, having trained at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in the psychology department at Bangor University (2009-2013). Since 2011 I have taught the 8 week course in mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to university staff and undergraduate medical students - the latter are referred from student health services, the counselling service or the student advisory service.

  • meta-ethnography
  • cognitive interviewing
  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy
  • mental health research
  • medical education
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    Bristol Medical School (PHS)

    Centres, collaborations and units

    Recent publications

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