Qualitative Research Group
The Qualitative Research Group is a group of experienced qualitative researchers with expertise in a broad range of methods, working across different research groups in the Institute of Health Research. We meet regularly to discuss shared interests, contribute to the qualitative methods teaching on the MSc in Applied Health Services Research and we also run the Qualitative Research Advice Clinics.
Dr Sarah Morgan-Trimmer
Sarah Morgan-Trimmer is a Research Fellow in Process Evaluation in the Psychology Applied to Health group. She develops and advises on process evaluations for trials of complex interventions, specialising in qualitative and mixed methods to understand how interventions are implemented, how they change participants’ behaviours and health outcomes, and how interventions are affected by context. She has experience in qualitative methods, ethnography, evaluation research, research on social inequality, and conducting research with children and young people.
Dr Jo Day
Jo Day is a psychologist and a Research Fellow for the National Institute for Health Research CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC). Her work involves qualitative approaches to understanding and evaluating how to put effective health and social care into practice. Jo has methodological expertise in qualitative evaluation and research, realist methods, narrative approaches, implementation science and knowledge translation. Current work includes developing our understanding of how care home managers implement changes; and researching and evaluating the processes involved in implementing evidence-based initiatives in acute settings.
Dr Julia Frost
Julia Frost is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research. Her interests are: Qualitative research and clinical trials, synthesis of qualitative research, and self-management of long term conditions. She has undertaken research about an intervention for carers of people with heart failure, diabetes and quality of life, management methods for pregnancy loss, decision aids for operative delivery, and outcome measures for neurology. She has worked as a cardiac intensive care nurse and is Programme Lead for the MSc in Applied Health Services Research.
Professor Christabel Owens
Christabel Owens is Associate Professor of Public Mental Health and leads a programme of research into suicide and self-harm, specialising in the use of qualitative methods in order to understand these behaviours from the lay point of view. Working in partnership with charities and other external agencies, she uses this as a basis for intervention development and the framing of public health messages. She has expertise in: semi-structured and narrative-based interview methods; small group interviews; participant and non-participant observation, and in the understanding of implementation contexts and processes.