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Dr Alice Malpass

Meta-ethnography/ Cognitive Interviewing/ Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy

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


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.


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.



Research keywords

  • primary care mental health

Diseases related to this field of research

  • Depression Mental Health COPD Asthma

Processes and functions relevant to this work

  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy