Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Hannah Merrick

Postgraduate Research Student


ESRC NEDTC funded full time PhD student

My PhD is exploring the role of grandparents in caring for children and young people with a disability.

I am working in collaboration with the North East branch of the charity 'Contact'. 

My background is in psychology. I studied Psychology undergraduate at Sheffield University, followed by a Masters in Psychological Research. 

I have previously worked in the Institute of Health and Society for 4 years as research assistant on a longitudinal study following young people with long term complex health needs transitioning from children's healthcare services to adult healthcare services. 


My PhD research is a qualitative project looking at the role of grandparents in caring for grandchildren with a disability or special need.

I have previously worked on a number of different projects including:

1) Transition Research Programme: 3-year longitudinal study investigating young people with long term conditions experiences of transition from children's services to adult services. 

2) Quality of life for young male cancer patients and the short and long term effects of sperm banking

3) My Masters dissertation was titled: Can changing implicit idealisation of the thin-ideal with a conditioning task reduce body dissatisfaction? 

All this work is listed in the publications tab.