Portrait of Dr Serena McCluskey Dr Serena McCluskey

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Biography

Dr Serena McCluskey is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research and joined the University in 2009. Previous posts include a Research Psychologist at Hope Hospital, Salford, a Research Fellow in Public Health at the University of Salford, and prior to coming to Huddersfield, a Research Fellow in Psychosocial Oncology at the University of Leeds. She has several years experience researching the psychosocial influences on health and illness, and her primary interests are focused around work, health and wellbeing.

Serena has undertaken related research commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. She is currently developing research which focuses on the influence of the family on sickness absence and work disability, and the role of the line manager in addressing work-relevant health problems.

Research & Scholarship

University research group memberships

Dr Serena McCluskey is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Centre for Health and Social Care Research and an associate member of the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.

Funding

  • 2013 - ‘Quantifying the effectiveness of telephone-based assessments in identifying return-to-work interventions for people with common health conditions’ The Department for Work and Pensions. (24k).
  • 2013 - ‘Breast cancer patients’ experiences of Reiki’. The University of Huddersfield School of Human and Health Sciences Research and Innovation Fund. (£3k).
  • 2013 - ‘The influence of ‘significant others’ on recovery and work participation in patients presenting with acute low back pain: a qualitative exploratory study in primary care’. The University of Huddersfield School of Human and Health Sciences Research and Innovation Fund. (£3k).
  • 2011 – BUPA Foundation 'The influence of significant others on persistent back pain and work participation’.
  • 2010 – BackCare and NHS Blackburn with Darwen ‘The influence of significant others on back pain disability and return to work’
  • (2006-2007) - NICE, ‘Intervention guidance on workplace health promotion with reference to physical activity and what works in motivating and changing employee’s health behaviour’.
  • (2006-2007) – Greater Manchester PCT, ‘Setting standards for preventative services to improve child health in Greater Manchester’.
  • (2004-2005) - Department of Health, ‘Inequalities in a population screening program for the prevention of cardiovascular disease’ (Principal Investigator).
  • (2003-2004) – Department for Work and Pensions, ‘Concepts of rehabilitation for the management of common health problems’'.
  • (1999-2003) – Health and Safety Executive, ‘Psychosocial obstacles to recovery from musculoskeletal disorders in industry’.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

McCluskey, S (2014) ‘Telephonic support to facilitate return-to-work: what works, how and when?’. In: Vocational Rehabilitation Association Annual Conference, 15 May 2014, London, UK

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

Ross, D., McCluskey, S., Fletcher-Cook, P. and Stephenson, J. (2014) ‘The reliability of the Leeds Movement Performance Index (LMPI): a new tool for neurological physiotherapyPhysiotherapy Theory and Practice . ISSN 0959-3985

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

Burton, A., Kendall, N., McCluskey, S. and Dibben, P. (2013) Telephonic support to facilitate return to work: what works, how, and when? (Research report No 853) London: Department for Work and Pensions

McCluskey, S (2013) ‘Do we need to talk to 'significant others'? Annals of Family Medicine , 11 (6). ISSN 1544-1709,

Ross, D., McCluskey, S. and Fletcher-Cook, P. (2013) ‘The Leeds Movement Performance Index (LMPI): an exploration of the clinical validity of an original tool for specialist neurological physiotherapy’. In: Physiotherapy UK 2013, 11-12 October 2013, Birmingham, UK

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

McCluskey, S (2013) ‘Workplace intervention can impact health and wellbeingEmployee Benefits Magazine . ISSN 1366-8722

Greenhalgh, J., Abhyankar, P., McCluskey, S., Takeuchi, E. and Velikova, G. (2013) ‘How do doctors refer to patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) in oncology consultations?Quality of Life Research , 22 (5), pp. 939-950. ISSN 0962-9343

McCluskey, S. and Ross, D. (2013) ‘The ‘cognitive apprenticeship’ model and postgraduate research supervision: mind the gap’. In: HEA Social Sciences Conference: Teaching research methods, 23-24 May 2013, Liverpool, UK

Reneman, M., Burton, A., McCluskey, S. and Brouwer, S. (2013) ‘Work participation and chronic musculoskeletal pain’. In: 4th UK-Dutch Rehabilitation Meeting, 18th - 19th April 2013, Harrogate, UK

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

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

Shaw, W., Main, C. and McCluskey, S. (2012) ‘The organisational and family context for musculoskeletal disability: can communication be improved to address individual-level differences in the social and workplace environment?’. In: Work Disability Prevention International Congress, 22-25 October 2012, Groningen, The Netherlands

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

Bareham, A., Topping, A., McCluskey, S., Stephenson, J. and Butcher, P. (2012) ‘Healthy Foundations life-stage segmentation model toolkit: an effective tool for public health interventions?’. In: Festival of Public Health UK, 2 July 2012, Manchester, UK

Bareham, A., McCluskey, S., Stephenson, J. and Topping, A. (2012) Healthy Halifax Lifestyle Survey Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield

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

Bareham, A., Topping, A., McCluskey, S., Stephenson, J. and Butcher, P. (2012) ‘Segmentation in communities with the greatest health inequalities: so what for public health interventions?’. In: Royal College of Nursing Annual International Research Conference, 27th - 28th April 2012, London, 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

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

McCluskey, S., Topping, A., Swift, H. and Stephenson, J. (2011) ‘My neighbours all look out for me as I try to do. Important ‘community assets' for health: findings from the Healthy Halifax Lifestyle Survey”.’. In: Assets for Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse International Conference 2011, 26th-27th September 2011, London, UK

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

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

McCluskey, S. and Topping, A. (2011) ‘Increasing response rates to lifestyle surveys: a pragmatic evidence reviewPerspectives in Public Health , 131 (2), pp. 89-93. ISSN 1757-9139

Greenhalgh, J., Abhyankar, P., McCluskey, S., Takeuchi, E. and Velikova, G. (2011) ‘How do doctors integrate HRQoL data into oncology consultations? ’. In: International Society for Quality of Life Research 18th Annual Conference, October 26-29 2011, Denver, Colorado

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

McCluskey, S., Williams, J., Nyawata, I. and Topping, A. (2009) A Sexual Health Training Needs Analysis in Kirklees: a mixed-methods design Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Submitted)

McCluskey, S. and Topping, A. (2009) Increasing response rates to lifestyle surveys: a review of methodology and 'good practice'. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Morrell, J., McCluskey, S., Lui, S. and Topping, A. (2009) Effectiveness of interventions to improve the uptake of immunisation in primary care, with specific focus on Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield . ISBN 978-1-86218-077-2

McCluskey, S., Abhyankar, P., Greenhalgh, J., Velikova, G., Takeuchi, E. and Campbell, L. (2009) ‘Talking about quality of life – the development of a communication training programme for oncologists’. In: The British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 1-3 April 2009, Brighton, UK

2008

McCluskey, S., Greenhalgh, J., Abhyankar, P., Takeuchi, E., Campbell, L. and Velikova, G. (2008) ‘Talking about quality of life - the development of a communication training programme for oncologists’. In: British Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference, 4-5 December 2008, Leeds, UK

Greenhalgh, J., Abhyankar, P., McCluskey, S., Takeuchi, E. and Velikova, G. (2008) ‘How do doctors and patients talk about QoL data in consultations?’. In: 15th Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, October 22-25 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay

McCluskey, S., Abhyankar, P., Greenhalgh, J., Takeuchi, E. and Velikova, G. (2008) ‘Doctor-patient communication and quality of life – the development of a training program for oncologists’. In: National Cancer Research Institute Conference, Sunday 5 October-Wednesday 8 October 2008, Birmingham, UK

McCluskey, S (2008) ‘Doctor-patient communication and quality of life - development of a training programme for oncologists’. In: 2nd COMPASS Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), June 17th 2008, Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK

Dugdill, L., Brettle, A., Hulme, C., McCluskey, S. and Long, A. (2008) ‘Workplace physical activity interventions: a systematic review. International Journal of Workplace Health Management , 1 (1), pp. 20-40. ISSN 17538351

2007

McCluskey, S., Baker, D., Perry, D., Lewis, P. and Middleton, E. (2007) ‘Reductions in cardiovascular risk in association with population screening: a 10-year longitudinal studyJournal of Public Health , 29 (4), p. 379. ISSN 17413842

Baker, D. and McCluskey, S. (2007) Setting standards for preventative services to reduce child health inequalities in Greater Manchester Salford, UK: University of Salford

Dugdill, L., Brettle, A., Hulme, C., McCluskey, S. and Long, A. (2007) A review of effectiveness of workplace health promotion interventions on physical activity and what works in motivating and changing employees health behaviour London, UK: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

2006

McCluskey, S., Baker, D., Percy, D. and Lewis, P. (2006) ‘Social distribution of coronary heart disease: A 10-year longitudinal study in the United Kingdom ’. In: American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, November 4-8 2006, Boston, USA

McCluskey, S (2006) ‘The social patterning of coronary heart disease - implications for risk assessment’. In: The UK Society for Social Medicine 50th Annual Scientific Meeting, 13th - 15th September 2006, Leeds, UK

McCluskey, S., Burton, A. and Main, C. (2006) ‘The implementation of occupational health guidelines principles for reducing sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disordersOccupational Medicine , 56 (4), pp. 237-242. ISSN 09627480

Esteem

  • 2005 – Doctoral research Highly Commended in the BUPA Foundation Annual Health at Work Awards
  • 2006-2007 – Department of Health Research Training Fellowship – Public Health Initiative
  • 2010 - Invited member of the MRC-funded Work, Health and Wellbeing Network convened at Keele University
  • 2011 – Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • 2012 – Co-host of Topical Seminar Programme at the Work Disability Prevention International Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2012 - Invited member of the Work, Age and Retirement Research Network (WARRN) convened at the Business School, University of Huddersfield
  • 2012 - Elected onto the Executive Committee of the Society for Back Pain Research
  • 2013 - Invited presentation to the Annual Meeting of the Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group, British Pain Society, Jersey, UK
  • 2013 - Abstract Reviewer for the British Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Manchester, UK
  • 2013 – Co-host of a mini-symposium at the 4th UK-Dutch Rehabilitation Meeting, Harrogate, UK
  • 2013 - Obtained Chartered Psychologist status
  • Invited presentation to Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference 2014, Birmingham, UK

Regular peer-reviewer for several journals (largely the European Journal of Pain, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and BMC Medical Research Methodology) and academic publishers.

Research Degree Supervision

Currently Director of Studies for 2 PhD students, a co-supervisor for 2 PhD student. Dissertation supervisor for several MA and MSc students.

Research supervision interests include psychosocial influences on health and wellbeing, work and health, quantitative research design, healthcare intervention and public health issues.

Enterprise Activities

2000-2003 – Doctoral work included a collaboration between Universities of Huddersfield & Manchester, the Health and Safety Executive and GlaxoSmithKline in order to design and evaluate the effectiveness of a psychosocial intervention for occupational health nurses,

Administrative Responsibilities

Serena organises the Centre for Health and Social Care Research's research seminar series with internal, local, national and international speakers, and has played a key role in helping to orchestrate the School's Public Lecture Series. She also regularly chairs the Centre’s informal research coffee mornings, and has been a member of the School’s Research Ethics Panel. She is currently a research member of the School Board, and represents the School in the University's Managing Research Data Group.

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