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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 and Health Research (CAPHR). 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 [CFS/ME]).

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 methods study examining illness beliefs/ representations in 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. She is particularly interested in (1) issues relating to those close to patients - family, friends, carers - in the experience and management of long term illness conditions, and (2) exploring networks of care and support in health and social care. She has particular 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 and Health Research.

Current research

  • Project Lead. Qualitative Public Health Research project in Hull using an Assets Approach. Funded by Hull City Council. Research team: Dr Jo Brooks, Alison Bravington, Professor Nigel King, Professor Barry Percy-Smith, Dr Alison Rodriguez
     
  • Exploring the role of significant others in relation to self-management of chronic back pain. 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

  • 2013-14: (as Project Lead). Young people with diabetes and their peers: an exploratory study of peer attitudes, beliefs, responses and influences. (University of Huddersfield, funded by Diabetes UK). External collaborators: Dr Nicky Kime and Liz Webster (Leeds Beckett University); Dr Fiona Campbell (Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust); Professor Alison Wearden (University of Manchester); Sandra Quarmby (Almondbury High School).
     
  • 2013: Supporting people with Active and Advanced Disease: A rapid review of the evidence. (University of Huddersfield, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support).
     
  • 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 of illness 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

Brooks, J., Kime, N., King, N., Wearden, A., Gillibrand, W., Webster, L. and Campbell, F. (2014) ‘Young people with diabetes and their peers’. In: Division of Health Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 10-12 September 2014, York, UK

Leeming, D., Brooks, J., Burr, V. and Lucock, M. (2014) ‘Therapists' perspectives on using case formulation’. In: 5th Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference, 2-4th September 2014, Chania, Greece

Brooks, J., Kime, N., King, N., Weardon, A., Gillibrand, W., Webster, L. and Campbell, F. (2014) ‘Young people with diabetes and their peers’. In: Division of Health Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 10-12 September 2014, York, UK

King, N., Brooks, J. and Bravington, A. (2014) ‘The Pictor Technique: Exploring Collaborative Working in Nursing Sage 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 , 48 (3), pp. 391-398. ISSN 1051-9815

Brooks, J (2014) Young people with diabetes and their peers - an exploratory study of peer attitudes, beliefs, responses and influences Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Brooks, J., King, N. and Wearden, A. (2014) ‘Couples' experiences of interacting with outside others in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a qualitative studyChronic Illness , 10 (1), pp. 5-17. ISSN 1742-3953

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 .

Noble, B., King, N., Woolmore, A., Hughes, P., Winslow, M., Melvin, J., Brooks, J., Bravington, A., Ingleton, C. and Bath, P. (2014) ‘Can comprehensive specialised end-of-life care be provided at home? Lessons from a study of an innovative consultant-led community service in the UKEuropean Journal of Cancer Care . ISSN 0961-5423

2013

Brooks, J., Daglish, J. and Wearden, A. (2013) ‘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

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

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

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

  • 2014: (Lead applicant): £28, 700 from Hull City Council for Public Health Qualitative Research Project.
     
  • 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 is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
     
  • Jo is a Committee member and Honorary Treasurer of QMiP, the BPS’s Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, and a general member of the BPS’s Division of Health Psychology.
     
  • Jo is a member of the BPS’s Professional Practice Board End of Life Care Working Group.
     
  • 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; Future Medicine; Scandinavian Journal of Public Health; Chronic Illness; Sage Open Medicine; BMC Family Practice.
     
  • Jo has acted 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.
     
  • Invited talks and workshops given by Jo include qualitative methods training courses for both internal (university staff) and external audiences (Calderdale and Kirklees NHS Trust; Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry; Henley Business School; University of Manchester).

Research Degree Supervision

Current research students

  • Ruth Brown (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).
  • Jan Abernathy (PhD): Exploring the lived experience of caring (with Nigel King).
  • Sarah Chipperfield (PhD): An exploration of the influence of social ballroom dancing on health and well-being in older adults (with Marilynne Kirshbaum and John Stephenson).
  • Amrit Bhatti (PhD): Children's experiences of Chemotherapy induced Alopecia (With Alison Rodriguez).

Jo also acts as an internal PhD examiner and postgraduate progression monitoring referee for the University.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Teaching contributions to: Health Psychology (HIB1047); Psychology of Health and Wellbeing (HHB1071); Psychological Research and Data Analysis (HIB1017); Final Year Psychology Research Project (HHB1020).

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