Morven Brown
Research Assistant

  • Email: morven.brown@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1344
  • Address: Institute of Health & Society
    Level 4
    Sir James Spence Institute
    Royal Victoria Infirmary
    Queen Victoria Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 4LP
    UK

Main Research Interests

  • Psycho-oncology
  • Survivorship issues in cancer (particularly in childhood, adolescent & young adult patients)
  • Perceptions and experiences of health, illness and treatment
  • The identification of psychological & behavioural factors which contribute to physical illness
  • Qualitative methods 

 

Qualifications

2008 MSc Health Psychology (Distinction) 

2005 BSc (Hons) Psychology (First class)

2000 M.A. Applied Social Sciences (management, economics, history, economic & social history) 

I am currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (part-time), whilst working full-time as a Research Assistant at Newcastle. This qualification requires that I fulfil the competencies of:

  • Research (thesis & systematic review)
  • Generic Professional
  • Behaviour Change Interventions
  • Teaching & Training
  • Consultancy

I am ultimately working towards a Chartered Psychologist status and eligiblity to register as a Health Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

 

Memberships

British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology 

Pan-European Network for Care of Survivors after Childhood and Adolescent Cancer (PanCare) 

British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG - Associate member)

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM)










I have experience of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. 


Current Research

Facilitators and barriers to self-management in childhood and adolescent cancer survivors: a qualitative study

This study aims to explore self-management in survivors to gain an understanding of their experiences, views and attitudes towards self-management of health.


Developing a questionnaire to help explain psychological and social outcomes in young adult survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer

This study is investigating the long-term psychosocial impact of surviving cancer as a child or adolescent.


PanCareSurFup (PanCare Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Survivor Care and Follow-Up Studies)

This is a large European collaborative programme funded by the EU which is developing guidelines for the clinical practice and organization of long-term follow-up care for survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer. I am a member of working groups developing guidelines for transition, models of care and psychosocial health. I am also co-leader for the group developing health promotion guidelines.

PanCare Website


I have been invited to review manuscripts for Journal of Cancer Survivorship; Supportive Care in Cancer; European Journal of Cancer Care; and Hypertension in Pregnancy.


Past projects

Quality of life, socio-economic status, relationships and risk perceptions in survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer (2011-2013).

Women's perceptions of future risk following pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia (2011-2012).

Cardiovascular disease risk in women with pre-eclampsia: systematic review and meta-analysis (2010-2012). 

European Bone Tumour Outcome Study: Overview of health-related quality of life in 700 European bone tumour survivors (2009-2010).

 

Research Grants

Newcastle Healthcare Charity (Co-applicant): "Quality of life, socio-economic status, relationships and risk perceptions in survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer: a pilot study"  (2011); £38,434

Children with Cancer (Co-applicant): "Psychosocial health outcomes after childhood cancer - pathways from initial survival to long-term survivorship" (2013); £43,523

Newcastle Healthcare Charity (Co-applicant): "Facilitators and barriers to self-management in childhood and adolescent cancer survivors: a qualitative study" (2016); £42,570

 

Oral Presentations

International:

Developing and piloting questionnaires to facilitate holistic psychosocial assessment of childhood cancer survivors attending long-term follow-up at the 15th PanCare meeting, Dublin (2015)

Update in the guidelines work in PanCareSurFup (Invited Speaker) at the European Symposium on Late Complications after Childhood Cancer, Edinburgh (2014)

Long-term psychosocial outcomes after childhood cancer at the 12th PanCare meeting, Amsterdam (2013)

Survey of Guidelines for Long-Term Follow-Up of Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer in Europe at the 11th PanCare meeting, Genoa (2013)

 

National:

The long-term psychosocial impact of cancer - the views of young adult survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society conference, Leeds (2015)

European Bone Tumour Outcome Study (EBTOS): Overview of health related quality of life (QOL) in study cohort at the British Sarcoma Group conference, Gateshead (2011)

 

Poster Presentations

Developing and piloting a questionnaire to investigate important psychosocial outcomes in survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society conference, Leeds (2015)

The long-term psychosocial impact of cancer - the views of young adult survivors of childhood cancer at the European Symposium on Late Complications after Childhood Cancer, Edinburgh (2014)

Psychosocial functioning of childhood cancer survivors attending a long-term follow-up clinic at the European Symposium on Late Complications after Childhood Cancer, Edinburgh (2014)

The long-term psychosocial impact of cancer - the views of young adult survivors of childhood cancer at the Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, York (2014)

Survey of Guidelines for Long-term follow-up of survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer in Europe at the 13th International Conference on Long-Term Complications of Treatment of Childhood  and Adolescent Cancer, Memphis (2013)

Development of a clinical tool to assess psychosocial functioning of childhood cancer survivors at long-term follow-up at the NHS Therapies conference, Newcastle (2013)

European Bone Tumour Outcome Study (EBTOS): overview of health related quality of life (QOL) in study cohort at the IEA World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh (2011)


Supervision

Cancer MRes

  • Co-supervise MRes dissertations of intercalating MBBS students.

Undergraduate Teaching

'Medicine in the Community' course for Stage 1 and 2 MBBS students (2011-2013).

  • Assisted in updating the social science seminars for the MiC programme.
  • Tutor for social science seminars.
  • Marking essays.