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Michelle Pyer

Michelle is a Senior Researcher in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. She has completed over thirty projects since her appointment in 2009, spanning topics such as teenage pregnancy, binge drinking, health checks and falls in older people. Michelle is currently working on the third of suite of projects focussing on the early detection of cancer (Lung, Breast and Gynaecological cancers). Michelle’s particular research interests are in care and caring, health services research and research with those deemed ‘vulnerable’. She is currently co-editing a book for Routledge on young people and spaces/ practices of care. Michelle’s PhD considered the impact of particular spaces on the leisure and wellbeing of teenage wheelchair users. Previous roles have focussed on service user participation (Hertfordshire County Council) and the needs of families with a disabled child (Scope). Michelle is an expert in research ethics and was a member of a Midlands NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC). She sits on both the University and School RECs and as part of her work for the Institute regularly provides support and guidance to researchers applying for ethical review. Michelle leads modules on the Doctorate in Professional Practice for Health and Social Care, and the Masters in Clinical Research. She supervises to doctoral level.