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)

Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (www.hcpc-uk.co.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/)

Ambassador for Youth Cancer Europe (http://www.youthcancereurope.org/)








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 research projects

  • Contributing to the development of a lifestyle intervention for a large EU project which is looking at how to best deliver survivorship care for childhood and adolescent cancer survivors in Europe. Funded by Horizon 2020. PanCareFollowUp

  • Using qualitative and co-design methods to inform the development of an evidence-based intervention for the promotion of physical activity in childhood and adolescent cancer survivors. Funded by CCLG.

  • Investigating the facilitators and barriers to self-management in childhood and adolescent cancer survivors to gain a greater understanding of their views and experiences of looking after their health. Funded by Newcastle Healthcare Charity.

  • Conducting a feasibility study in partnership with 5 other universities in England to examine the use of public bus stops for educating people about physical activity and cancer prevention, and promoting physical activity at bus stops through the use of innovative and interactive product design. Funded by CRUK.

  • Involved in a large European collaborative programme (PanCareSurFup) to develop guidelines for the clinical practice and organisation of long-term follow-up care for survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer. Member of working groups for transition, models of care, psychosocial health and co-leader of health promotion guidelines. Funded by FP7.

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
  • North East Children’s Cancer Research Fund (co-applicant): "Epidemiological and Health Services Research in Childhood Cancer and Leukaemia" (2017); £406,817
  • 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
  • Co-supervise Psychology MSc dissertations


Publications