Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Morven Brown

Research Associate

Background

I am a researcher and a Chartered Health Psychologist with a particular interest in improving the health of  survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer.

Qualifications

2017 Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (Stage 2 training)

2008 MSc Health Psychology (Stage 1 training - Distinction) 

2005 BSc (Hons) Psychology (First class)

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


Memberships

Chartered member of the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology (www.bps.org.uk)

Member of the Pan-European Network for Care of Survivors after Childhood and Adolescent Cancer (PanCare: http://www.pancare.eu/en/)

Associate member of the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG: http://www.cclg.org.uk/)

Member of Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC: http://www.tyac.org.uk)

Member of the Newcastle Health Psychology Group (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/healthpsychology/)










Research

Main research interests

  • Psycho-oncology
  • Perceptions and experiences of health, illness and treatment
  • Health behaviours and health behaviour change in cancer survivors
  • The identification of psychological and behavioural factors which contribute to physical illness
  • Qualitative methods

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


Current projects

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

Since 2012, I have been involved in this large European collaborative programme funded by the EU which is developing guidelines for the clinical practice and organisation of long-term follow-up care for survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer. I am a member of several working groups developing guidelines for transition, models of care and psychosocial health. I am also co-leader for the group developing health promotion guidelines.

Facilitators and barriers to self-management in childhood and adolescent cancer survivors

This project involves interviewing survivors to gain a greater understanding of their views of self-management, the different strategies they use and the difficulties they encounter in looking after their health.


Past projects

Psychosocial health outcomes after childhood cancer (2014-2016).

Quality of life, socio-economic status, relationships and risk perceptions in survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer (2012-2013).

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).

 

Successful research grants

Cancer Research UK Cancer Prevention Innovation Grant (co-applicant): "The Waiting Games" (2017); £20,000

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

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


Oral presentations

International:

Social outcomes in young adult survivors of childhood cancer at the 19th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Berlin (2017)

Lifestyle behaviours in young adult survivors of childhood cancer at the 19th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Berlin (2017)

Exploring psychological, social and behavioural outcomes in young adult survivors of cancer at the 19th PanCare meeting, Lund (2017)

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 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)


Teaching

Seminars

  • Tutor for the Medicine in the Community modules for Stage 1 and Stage 2 MBBS students (2011-2013)

Supervision

  • Co-supervise Cancer MRes dissertations of intercalating MBBS students.
  • Co-supervise Epidemiology MRes dissertations


Publications