Morven Brown
Research Assistant

  • Email: morven.brown@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1351
  • 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

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

 

Qualifications

Trainee Health Psychologist (2010 - present date)

MSc Health Psychology (2008) 

BSc (Hons) Psychology (2005)

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

 

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) 

I have experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

Current Research

Developing a questionnaire to help explain psychological and social outcomes in young adult survivors of childhood (2013-2014) 

I am the lead researcher for this study which is investigating the long-term psychosocial impact of surviving cancer as a child or adolescent. It is based on previous work which included a review of the literature as well as talking to survivors and health professionals. The aim is to investigate important psychosocial outcomes in childhood cancer survivors in order to be able to better understand the factors which may influence these outcomes.

PanCareSurFup (PanCare Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Survivor Care and Follow-Up Studies) (2012-2015)

I am an R.A for this large European collaborative programme funded by the EU which will develop guidelines for the clinical practice and organization of long-term follow-up (LTFU), transition of care to age-appropriate LTFU in survivors of or approaching adult age, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle in long-term survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer.

PanCare Website


Past Research

Quality of life, socio-economic status, relationships and risk perceptions in survivors of childhood 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 suvivors (2009-2010).

 

Research Grants

Newcastle Healthcare Charities (Co-applicant): "Quality of life, socio-economic status, relationships and risk perceptions in survivors of childhood or young adult cancer: a pilot study" (2011).

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

 

Oral Presentations

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)

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

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)

 

Undergraduate Teaching

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

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