Portrait of Dr Joanna Brooks Dr Joanna Brooks

J.M.Brooks@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472546



Biography

Jo is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Psychological Research (CAPR). She joined the University in May 2009, having held previous research posts at the University of Manchester in the Macmillan Research Unit (looking at employment issues and the costs of cancer for patients and their families) and in the School of Psychological Sciences (as a Research Assistant on the MRC FINE Trial exploring treatment interventions for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

Jo obtained a First Class Honours degree in Psychology in 2001 (University of Manchester), and a PhD in Psychology in 2008 (University of Manchester, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council). Jo’s PhD was a mixed method study examining illness beliefs/ representations in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) from the perspective of both patients and their close family members (their ‘significant others’). Her primary research interests focus on applied and health-related research topics, specifically around:(1) issues relating to those close to patients - family, friends, carers - in the experience and management of long term chronic illness, and (2) exploring networks of care and support in health and social care. She has a special interest and expertise in the use of qualitative research methodologies.

Research & Scholarship

University research group memberships

Jo is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.

Current research

  • Project Lead. Young people with diabetes and their peers: an exploratory study of peerattitudes, beliefs, responses and influences.Funded by Diabetes UK.
    Collaborators: Dr Fiona Campbell (Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust andClinical Lead for the NHS Diabetes Paediatric Network), Professor Nigel King (Universityof Huddersfield), Dr Warren Gillibrand (University of Huddersfield), Dr Nicky Kime (Leeds Metropolitan University, Professor Alison Wearden (University of Manchester), Liz Webster (NHS Diabetes Getting Sortedprogramme), Sandra Quarmby (Almondbury High School).
     
  • Supporting people with Active and Advanced Disease: A rapid review of the evidence.Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, led by Professor Nigel King.
     
  • Exploring the influence of significant others on work participation in patients with persisting back pain in a primary care setting. With funding from University of Huddersfield School of Human and Health Sciences Research and Innovation Fund, led by Dr Serena McCluskey.

Selected previous research experience

  • 2011 - 12: (as Project Lead). The influence of significant others on illness perceptions and work participation in patients with persisting low back pain: a pilot study (University of Huddersfield, funded by the Bupa Foundation).
     
  • 2009 – 12: Unpicking the threads: how generalist and specialist nurses work with patients, carers and each other in the community to support cancer survivors (University of Huddersfield, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support).
     
  • 2009 – 11: Evaluation of the Midhurst Palliative Care Service (Qualitative arm of study, University of Huddersfield and University of Sheffield, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support).
     
  • 2010: The influence of ‘significant others’ on back pain disability: a qualitative pilot study ofillness perceptions (Funded by BackCare and the Lancashire Condition Management Programme, NHS Blackburn with Darwen).
     
  • 2008-9: The return to work process for cancer survivors (Macmillan Research Unit, University of Manchester, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support). [Research Associate]
     
  • 2007-8: Fatigue intervention by Nurses (the FINE trial) (qualitative evaluation arm) (School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, funded by the Medical Research Council). [Research Assistant]
     
  • 2002-8: Significant others and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (PhD, funded by the ESRC, University of Manchester).

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2014) ‘The role of the family on sickness absence’. In: Health and Wellbeing at Work 2014, 4-5 March 2014, Birmingham, UK

King, N., Brooks, J., Featherstone, V. and Topping, A. (2014) Supporting people with active and advanced disease: a rapid review of the evidence Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield

Brooks, J. and King, N. (2014) ‘Doing Template Analysis: Evaluating an End of Life Care ServiceSage Research Methods Cases .

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2014) ‘Are The Treatment Expectations of ‘Significant Others’ Psychosocial Obstacles to Work Participation for Those with Persistent Low Back Pain?WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation . ISSN 1051-9815

2013

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2013) ‘The role of ‘significant others’ in vocational rehabilitation for patients with persistent back pain’. In: The British Pain Society Pain Management Programmes Special Interest Group 14th National Conference, 25-27 September, Jersey, UK

Brooks, J. and King, N. (2013) ‘Introducing the Pictor technique: A method for exploring collaborative working in health care’. In: Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference 2013, 4th - 6th September 2013, Huddersfield, UK

Brooks, J., Bravington, A., Hardy, B., Melvin, J., Wilde, D. and King, N. (2013) ‘The Pictor Technique: A method for exploring collaborative working in health care’. In: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, British Psychological Society, 11th - 13th September, 2013, Brighton

King, N., Bravington, A., Brooks, J., Hardy, B., Melvin, J. and Wilde, D. (2013) ‘The Pictor Technique: A Method for Exploring the Experience of Collaborative WorkingQualitative Health Research , 23 (8), pp. 1138-1152. ISSN 1049-7323

Brooks, J., King, N. and Wearden, A. (2013) ‘Couples' experiences of interacting with outside others in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a qualitative studyChronic Illness . ISSN 1742-3953

King, N., Melvin, J., Brooks, J., Wilde, D. and Bravington, A. (2013) Unpicking The Threads: How specialist and generalist nurses work with patients, carers, other professionals and each other to support cancer and long-term condition patients in the community University of Huddersfield

Brooks, J., McCluskey, S., King, N. and Burton, A. (2013) ‘Illness perceptions in the context of differing work participation outcomes: exploring the influence of significant others in persistent back painBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 14. ISSN 1471-2474

Collins, S. and Brooks, J. (2013) ‘Using the Pictor Technique in research with young people’. In: Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference 2013, 4th - 6th September 2013, Huddersfield, UK

2012

Brooks, J., Daglish, J. and Wearden, A. (2012) ‘Attributions, distress and behavioural responses in the significant others of people with Chronic Fatigue SyndromeJournal of Health Psychology , 18 (10), pp. 1288-1295. ISSN 1359-1053

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) ‘The influence of 'significant others' on persistent back pain and work participation: the role of treatment expectations’. In: Society for Back Pain Research Annual Conference, 9-11 November 2012, Isle of Man, UK

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) ‘The influence of ‘significant others’ on persistent back pain and work participation: a qualitative study of illness perceptions’. In: Work Disability Prevention International Congress, 22-25 October 2012, Groningen, The Netherlands

Brooks, J., Brooks, J. and Tremblay, P. (2012) ‘Across The Great DivideJournal of Music, Technology and Education , 5 (2), pp. 145-157. ISSN 1752-7066

Brooks, J., McCluskey, S., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) ‘Exploring potential family factors influencing work participation in persistent back pain: a pilot study of significant others' illness beliefs ’. In: Division of Health Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 5 - 7 September 2012, Liverpool

Brooks, J. and King, N. (2012) ‘Qualitative psychology in the real world: The utility of template analysis’. In: 2012 British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 18th - 20th April 2012, London, UK

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) ‘The influence of 'signficant others' on persistent back pain and work participation: a qualitative study of illness perceptions’. In: The British Pain Society Annual Conference 2012, 24-27 April 2012, Liverpool, UK

Brooks, J., McCluskey, S., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) Beliefs about illness amongst significant others and their influence on work participation outcomes for back pain patients: a pilot study Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

2011

Peters, S., Wearden, A., Morriss, R., Dowrick, C., Lovell, K., Brooks, J., Cahill, G. and Chew-Graham, C. (2011) ‘Challenges of nurse delivery of psychological interventions for long-term conditions in primary care: a qualitative exploration of the case of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalitisImplementation Science , 6 (1), p. 132. ISSN 1748-5908

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2011) ‘“He’s only young and he wants to work but no-one’ll hire him with a bad back, will they?” Findings from an exploratory study of ‘significant others’’ illness perceptions in relation to work disability due to low back pain.’. In: Society for Back Pain Research Annual Conference, 10-11 November 2011, Cambridge, UK

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2011) ‘The influence of 'significant others' on persistent back pain and work participation: a qualitative exploration of illness perceptionsBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 12, p. 236. ISSN 14712474

Brooks, J., McCluskey, S., King, N. and Burton, A. (2011) ‘"I get depressed sometimes just looking at him..he's only young and he wants to work but no-one'll hire him with a bad back, will they?": Exploring the illness perceptions of significant others in relation to persistent back pain and work participation”.’. In: The British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference,, 14-16 September 2011, Southampton, UK

Brooks, J., Wilson, K. and Amir, Z. (2011) ‘Additional financial costs borne by cancer patients: A narrative reviewEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing , 15 (4), pp. 302-310. ISSN 1462-3889

Chew-Graham, C., Brooks, J., Wearden, A., Dowrick, C. and Peters, S. (2011) ‘Factors influencing engagement of patients in a novel intervention for CFS/ME: a qualitative studyPrimary Health Care Research & Development , 12 (2), pp. 112-122. ISSN 1463-4236

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2011) The influence of 'significant others' on back pain disability and return to work: a qualitative pilot study of illness perceptions University of Huddersfield

2010

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2010) ‘The influence of 'signifcant others' on back pain disability and return-to-work: a qualitative pilot study - preliminary findings’. In: Primary Care Musculoskeletal Research Congress, 11-13 October 2010, Rotterdam

McCluskey, S., Burton, A., Brooks, J. and King, N. (2010) ‘The influence of significant others on back pain disability and return-to-work: a qualitative pilot study of illness perceptionsThe BackCare Journal , pp. 14-15.

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2010) ‘The influence of significant others on back pain disability and return-to-work: a qualitative pilot study of illness perceptions’. In: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 29-31 March 2010, Rome, Italy

2009

Brooks, J (2009) ‘Cancer survivorship and employment: epidemiologyOccupational Medicine , 59 (6), pp. 373-377. ISSN 0962-7480

2006

Brocki, J. and Wearden, A. (2006) ‘A critical evaluation of the use of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) in health psychologyPsychology and Health , 21 (1), pp. 87-108. ISSN 0887-0446

2004

Cartwright-Hatton, S., Mather, A., Illingworth, V., Brocki, J., Harrington, R. and Wells , A. (2004) ‘Development and preliminary validation of the Meta-cognitions Questionnaire—Adolescent VersionJournal of Anxiety Disorders , 18 (3), pp. 411-422. ISSN 0887-6185

Esteem

Research grants awarded

  • 2013: (Co-applicant). £25,529 from Macmillan Cancer Support for ‘Supporting people with Active and Advanced Disease: A rapid review of the evidence’.
     
  • 2012-3: (Lead applicant): £16,598 from Diabetes UK for ‘Young people with diabetes and their peers: an exploratory study of peer attitudes, beliefs, responses and influences’.
     
  • 2011: (Lead applicant): £19,461 from the Bupa Foundation, Philip Poole Wilson Seed Corn Fund for ‘The influence of ‘significant others’ on illness perceptions and work participation in patients with persisting low back pain: a pilot study’.
     
  • 2010: (Co-applicant): £18,405 from Backcare and Lancashire Condition Management Programme (NHS Blackburn with Darwen) for ‘The Influence of ‘Significant Others’ on Back Pain Disability: A Qualitative Pilot Study of Illness Perceptions’.

Other

  • Jo acts as peer reviewer for a number of academic journals and publishers including Psychology and Health; Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice; International Journal of Psychology; European Journal of Oncology Nursing; International Journal of Social Research Methodology; Macmillan Palgrave.
     
  • Jo acts as grant reviewer for a number of awarding bodies including NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Scheme; NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Competition; Catalan Health Agency, Wellcome Trust Small Arts and People Awards scheme.
     
  • Jo is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is a general member of the BPS’s Division of Health Psychology and a member of the BPS’s Qualitative Methods in Psychology group.
     
  • Jo sits on the management board for CAPR and her responsibilities include the organisation of CAPR’s research seminar series.

Research Degree Supervision

Current research students

  • Samantha Collins (University fee-waiver MRes): The peers that matter the most: A phenomenological study exploring the peer dimension from the perspective and experience of adolescents with type 1 diabetes (with Nigel King)
     
  • Ruth Elliott (Professional Doctorate): An exploration of mental health nurses understanding of the spiritual needs of service users (with John Wattis and Kathleen Chimera)
     
  • Claire Heywood (MRes): The effects of singing on psychological well-being (with Viv Burr).
     
  • Tracy Pottinger (PhD): No town should have one: Food insecurity and the rise of charitable food aid in the UK (with Graham Gibbs).
     
  • Sharon Simon (University fee-waiver MRes): Experiences of young people in secure settings of mentoring and support (with Viv Burr and Heather Dale).

Jo also acts as an internal PhD examiner and postgraduate progression monitoring referee for the university. She has undertaken marking of Masters theses, and is personal tutor to four postgraduate students in the School.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Contributions to Health Psychology (HIB1047), Psychology of Health and Wellbeing (HHB1071) and Psychological Research and Data Analysis (HIB1017).

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