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Dr Megan Watkins

Dr Megan Watkins

watkinm3@lsbu.ac.uk

Institute of Health and Social Care

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I began my role as the first Public Health Research Fellow for PHIRST South Bank funded by the National Institute for Health Research in 2021 and I am the Nominated Research Staff Member on the LSBU Academic Board.

I am a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and hold a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Liverpool. I am interested in evaluating interventions to improve health and have contributed to evidence-based recommendations in community, high secure and intensive care settings.

I draw on real-world applications when providing methodological guidance for staff and students.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of my projects, I have established connections with Principal Investigators and Researchers across five LSBU Research Centres and Patient and Public Engagement Panels. I work in partnership with local authorities and have current external collaborations with colleagues at the University of Liverpool and King’s College London.

I have worked within Psychological Sciences, Public Health, Health Services Research and the Arts, setting up studies across various NHS sites. I have developed expertise in project coordination, study design, securing regulatory and ethical approvals, data management, risk assessment, managing project costs, reports against objectives and co-production. I have led on projects employing innovative and diverse methodologies including sentiment, discourse and framework analyses and am practised in conducting surveys, interviews, focus groups and administering psychometric and clinical outcome tools.

I am committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in my work, keen to support rigorous research and safeguard academic standards. I coach research interns hosted by LSBU, deliver sessions for the doctoral support programme and the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust Internship cohort. I am also a mentor for staff supervising postgraduate systematic review students. I undertook a Teaching for Researchers Course whilst at the University of Liverpool, obtaining distinctions for both ‘Supporting Student Learning’ and ‘Assessing Student Learning’.

I have presented my work at Research Showcases, NHS Academic Meetings and Public Lectures. I have delivered sessions on discourse analysis at Liverpool John Moores University as part of the Social Psychology Module, King’s College London for the Approaches to Cross-Disciplinary Qualitative Health Research Short Course (2021) and LSBU for professional doctorate students.

My current evaluations investigate healthy weight strategies, Coronavirus community support, a behaviour change unit and an exercise referral programme. I contribute to evaluation dissemination and impact plans and deliver insights about service users, the public and practitioners. For more information about PHIRST South Bank, please do visit the NIHR PHIRST website.

PhD Clinical Psychology

University of Liverpool

2015
2020
First Class Psychology BSc (Hons)

University of Liverpool

2012
2015
Chartered Psychologist - British Psychological Society
2021
Fellow - Royal Society for Public Health
2021

Beyond the sentence: Shared reading within a high secure hospital
Watkins, M., Naylor, K. and Corcoran, R. Beyond the sentence: Shared reading within a high secure hospital. Front. Psychol. Sec. Psychology for Clinical Settings. 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1015498

Back to live: Returning to in-person engagement with arts and culture in the Liverpool City Region
Anisimovich, A., Chapple, M., Worsley, J., Watkins, M., Billington, J. and Balabanova, E. (2022). Back to live: Returning to in-person engagement with arts and culture in the Liverpool City Region. Frontiers in Psychology Sec. Health Psychology. 13 (1011766). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1011766

Supporting researchers conducting qualitative research into sensitive, challenging, and difficult topics: Experiences and practical applications.
Silverio, S.A., Sheen, K.S., Bramante, A., Knighting, K., Koops, T.U., Montgomery, E., November, L., Soulsby, L.K., Stevenson, J.H., Watkins, M., Easter, A. and Sandall, J. (2022). Supporting researchers conducting qualitative research into sensitive, challenging, and difficult topics: Experiences and practical applications. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 21, pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069221124739

Regional innovation in arts provision spawned by COVID-19: ‘It became a lifeline for a lot of people who are stuck at home’
Worsley, J.D., Billington, J., Balabanova, E. and Watkins, M. (2022). Regional innovation in arts provision spawned by COVID-19: ‘It became a lifeline for a lot of people who are stuck at home’. Frontiers in Public Health, section Public Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.753973

Strategies to enhance recruitment and consent to intensive care studies: a qualitative study with researchers and patient–public involvement contributors
Paddock, K., Woolfall, K., Frith, L., Watkins, M., Gamble, C., Welters, I. and Young, B. (2020). Strategies to enhance recruitment and consent to intensive care studies: a qualitative study with researchers and patient–public involvement contributors. BMJ Open. 11: e048193 (9). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048193

Quantitative Methods
Billington, J., Corcoran, R., Watkins, M., Steenberg, M., Christiansen, C., Ladegaard, N. and Kuiken, D. (2019). Quantitative Methods. in: Billington, J. (ed.) Reading and Mental Health Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. pp. 265-292

Shame and the psychosis continuum: A systematic review of the literature
Carden, L.J., Saini, P., Seddon, C., Watkins, M. and Taylor, P.J. (2020). Shame and the psychosis continuum: A systematic review of the literature. Psychology & Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice. 93 (1), pp. 160-186. https://doi.org/10.1111/papt.12204

A systematic review of evidence on the impacts of joint decision-making on community wellbeing
Pennington, A., Watkins, M., Bagnall, A., South, J. and Corcoran, R. (2018). A systematic review of evidence on the impacts of joint decision-making on community wellbeing. London What Works Centre for Wellbeing.