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Dr Alice Malpass

Dr Alice Malpass

Dr Alice Malpass
BA(N'cle), PhD(N'cle)

Research Fellow

Area of research

Meta-ethnography/ Cognitive Interviewing/ Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy

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Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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Summary

Alice has two methodological interests and areas of expertise: using meta-ethnography to synthesise qualitative research findings; and the use of cognitive interviewing techniques.

META-ETHNOGRAPHY: Alice has led on two NIHR funded meta-ethnographies and currently acts as an advisor on two studies wishing to use meta-ethnography as part of a wider systematic review. The ESOPS (Bristol) study is a meta-ethnography of men's support care needs after a diagnosis of prostrate cancer. The second study is based at UCL and is a meta-ethnography of the role of patients in general practice medical education. Alice is currently PI on workstream IV of an NIHR funded program grant that will use meta-ethnography for the first time to synthesise primary coded data across a set of qualitative studies.

COGNITIVE INTERVIEWING: Alice is using cognitive interviewing techniques in the NIHR funded PANDA sub-study 2 and is an advisor to the NSPCR funded DREAM study. the DREAM study is using cognitive interviewing techniques to explore how survivors of domestic violence and abuse complete the CASS scale.  Alice is PI of sub study 2 which is a longitudinal study using cognitive interviewing to look at how patients complete the PHQ-9 and BDI questionnaires, highlighting the mis-match between narratives of recovery and questionnaire responses. In particular the PANDA sub-study 2 will:

  • Explore narratives of recovery to identify meaningful symptoms and meaningful change that is missed by questionnaire responses e.g. Symptoms not listed on questionnaire/intensity versus frequency
  • Identify mis-matches between questionniare responses and narratives emerging in indepth interview and/or the card sort exercise: answer mapping and comprehension
  • Identify mis-matches between global rating responses and questionnaire responses

OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH INTERESTS

Since 2006 Alice’s 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 GP’s 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)

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.

 

 

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

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