Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Catherine Exley

Dean of Newastle University Population Health Sciences Institute

Background

Introduction

I am a medical sociologist and experienced qualitative researcher with over 20 years’ experience of leading and collaborating on applied health research. I work nationally and internationally with collaborators from a range of different academic and clinical backgrounds. I provide a social science perspective and methodological expertise to clinical research questions, postgraduate research supervision and postgraduate and undergraduate teaching.  I am experienced in negotiating across disciplinary and organisational boundaries committed to delivering both high quality research and education.

My research is concerned with examining people's - patients and carers - experiences of, and decisions about, health and health care. My work focuses primarily on those living with long term conditions, and spans a range of clinical areas including: palliative care, transplantation, old age psychiatry, primary care and oral health care. I am a qualitative methodology co-applicant on the current and previous regional Research Design Service, and actively involved in NIHR grant and fellowship award programmes. I have a strong commitment to supporting and mentoring the careers of others.

I was awarded my Personal Chair in 2014 and have undertaken a number of leadership roles in both teaching and research. In December 2018 I took up the position of Dean of Applied Health Research in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. I was previously Associate PVC for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University. Prior to this I worked at Newcastle University for 13 years.

 


Research

Research Interests

My research is concerned with examining people's - patients and carers - experiences of, and decisions about, health and health care. My work focuses primarily on those living with long term conditions, and spans a range of clinical areas including: palliative care,  transplantation, old age psychiatry, primary care medicine and oral health care. 

Currently, I am collaborating with colleagues in the Institute of Transplantation and School of Dental Sciences on a number of research projects.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am committed to supporting postgraduate research and I supervise postgraduate research students from both social science and clinical backgrounds. I have an excellent record of success, I have supervised 14 PhDs from 2008-18 to successful completion and regularly act as an internal and external examiner.

From 2009 -2012 I was IHS Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator, and until 2013 I led the North East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre's Social Science and Health Pathway.



Teaching

I have a strong commitment to the delivery of high quality teaching and have undertaken key leadership roles in Learning and Teaching.

have designed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes throughout my academic year. Specifically, I have led qualitative methods training at Masters level and as part of CPD programmes. I have also led medical sociology teaching as part of the undergraduate medical curriculum.

Publications