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Research Interests

Health and illness experience: familial experience of living with long-term health conditions, navigating the healthcare services, developing relationships with healthcare professionals, shared decision-making

Well-being in professional practice: maintaining well-being among healthcare professionals, theoretically informed methods for preparing healthcare professionals for working in high pressure environments, the meanings of care and delivering lifeworld-led care

Knowledge in evidence-based healthcare: synthesis of diverse evidence, use of different ways of knowing in healthcare practice

Membership of Professional Bodies

Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Health Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council


Programme Director MSc Health Psychology (campus)


Consultation on research projects requiring Health Psychology and research methods expertise - invitations welcome.

Able to offer workshops for PhD students, researchers, healthcare professionals on the following:

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Meta-synthesis of Qualitative Evidence

Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Mixed Methods in Health Psychology and Applied Health Research

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4050 
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4090

Education/Academic qualification


  • BF Psychology

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Research Output 2003 2019

A qualitative study examining everyday frailty management strategies adopted by Polish stakeholders

Bujnowska-Fedak, M. M., Gwyther, H., Szwamel, K., D'Avanzo, B., Holland, C., Shaw, R. L. & Kurpas, D., 7 Oct 2019, 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Delivery of Health Care
Frail Elderly
Foster Home Care

Becoming a professional: A longitudinal qualitative study of the graduate transition in BSc Psychology

Reddy, P. A. & Shaw, R. L., 28 Feb 2019, In : Education and Training. 61, 2, p. 272 - 288

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
psychology student
discourse analysis

Lifeworld interpretation of tinnitus

Pryce, H. & Shaw, R. L., 24 Jun 2019

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Life World
Qualitative Study

Opportunities, challenges and learnings from qualitative research with stakeholders in frailty in three European countries

Gwyther, H., D’avanzo, B., Holland, C., Kurpas, D., Bujnowska-fedak, M. M. & Shaw, R. L., 17 May 2019, In : Qualitative Research in Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Qualitative Research
Research Personnel
Cultural Diversity


Chronic illness in non-heterosexual contexts: towards a critical LGBTQ health psychology

Author: Jowett, A., May 2011

Supervisor: Shaw, R. L. (Supervisor) & Peel, E. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Exploring the experiences of nurses who care for children who have Acute Life Threatening Events (ALTE) in hospital

Author: Hudson, A., 17 Mar 2014

Supervisor: Shaw, R. L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Patients’ and physicians’ experiences of atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation therapy: a qualitative journey

Author: Borg Xuereb, C., 4 Feb 2014

Supervisor: Shaw, R. L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Psychology graduates in the transition to employment: negotiating employability, identity and the meaning of higher education

Author: Reddy, P., 1 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Shaw, R. L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The experience of living with age related macular degeneration : A longitudinal study into the impact of age related macular degeneration on quality of life

Author: Burton, A., 8 Jan 2013

Supervisor: Gibson, J. M. (Supervisor), Shaw, R. L. (Supervisor) & Peel, E. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Invited talk

Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference

Rachel Shaw (Chair)
18 Apr 201220 Apr 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

"You can't prevent anything anyway": a meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence on cardiovascular disease prevention programmes

Rachel Shaw (Speaker)
27 Apr 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk