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    PhD Keele University, 2016: Methodological challenges in treatment mediation analysis: Examples from studies targeting psychological factors in patients with musculoskeletal pain

    MSc Health Psychology, Aston University, 2007

    BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Wolverhampton, 2006

    Research Interests

    My PhD investigated design and analysis issues when conducting mediation analysis, which is a statistical technique that can help us understand whether psychological interventions work in the ways we think they do. My thesis specifically included examples of musculoskeletal pain populations. Before coming to Aston I worked as a Research Associate at Keele University on a number of projects within primary care settings, focusing on patients with musculoskeletal pain. I have also worked on a number of projects investigating symptoms and signs of cancer.

    I also have an interest in the analysis of longitudinal data, particularly where this relates to physical health symptoms.

    Teaching Activity

    I teach Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistics on the MSc Health Psychology programme, both on campus and online (PYM702 and PYM732)

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    British Psychological Society: Division of Health Psychology

    PhD Supervision

    I would be happy to speak to any potential PhD students who have an interest in behaviour change, long-term conditions, and quantitative methodology (specifically mediation analysis and/or longitudinal analysis)

    Contact Details

    Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4565


    Room: SW410G

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    Research Output 2010 2019

    An overview of systematic reviews found suboptimal reporting and methodological limitations of mediation studies investigating causal mechanisms

    Cashin, A. G., Lee, H., Lamb, S. E., Hopewell, S., Mansell, G., Williams, C. M., Kamper, S. J., Henschke, N. & Mcauley, J. H., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 111, p. 60-68.e1

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Delivery of Health Care

    Mechanisms for reducing low back pain: a mediation analysis of a multifaceted intervention in workers in elderly care

    Stevens, M. L., Boyle, E., Hartvigsen, J., Mansell, G., Søgaard, K., Jørgensen, M. B., Holtermann, A. & Rasmussen, C. D. N., 3 Jan 2019, In : International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 92, 1, p. 49-58 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Low Back Pain
    Physical Exertion
    Self-Help Devices
    Human Engineering

    Reasons why osteoarthritis predicts mortality: Path analysis within a Cox proportional hazards model

    Wilkie, R., Parmar, S. S., Blagojevic-Bucknall, M., Smith, D., Thomas, M. J., Seale, B. J., Mansell, G. & Peat, G., 1 Nov 2019, In : RMD Open. 5, 2, e001048.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Proportional Hazards Models
    Premature Mortality

    Clinical course and prognostic factors across different musculoskeletal pain sites: A secondary analysis of individual patient data from randomised clinical trials

    Green, D. J., Lewis, M., Mansell, G., Artus, M., Dziedzic, K. S., Hay, E. M., Foster, N. E. & Van Der Windt, D. A., 11 Jun 2018, In : European Journal of Pain. 22, 6, p. 1057-1070

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Musculoskeletal Pain
    Randomized Controlled Trials
    Knee Osteoarthritis

    Testing a model of consultation-based reassurance and back pain outcomes with psychological risk as a moderator: A prospective cohort study.

    Holt, N., Mansell, G., Hill, J. & Pincus, T., 1 Apr 2018, In : Clinical Journal of Pain. 34, 4, p. 339-348

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Back Pain
    Cohort Studies
    Referral and Consultation
    Prospective Studies