Heather Dunn

RN, BSc, MSc

School of Health and Related Research

Research Assistant

+44 114 222 9184

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Heather Dunn
School of Health and Related Research
Room 1.09b, First Floor, The Innovation Centre
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I have a BSc in Psychology (2008) and an MSc in Health Psychology (2010) from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). I previously coordinated a new-start DoH Funded Nursing Care initiative for Sheffield PCT (2002-2003) in care homes for older people on a city-wide basis. I have also worked in Sheffield as a Registered Nurse in NHS hospitals and private sector care homes (1992-2002) and as NHS Health Trainer (2010-2011) in GP practices, and in the community working in partnership with Sharrow Community Forum and ShipShape.

I am interested in research that promotes peoples’ health and wellbeing at the individual/population level and in particular that of frail older people. I have experience of conducting qualitative research in including health and safety issues for rail workers and care in nursing homes for older people. In my doctoral Health Psychology research entitled ‘Exploring meanings of care in nursing homes for older people’, I have used diverse qualitative methods to develop the findings of my previous BSc and MSc research, which was also conducted in nursing homes in England. I am currently Research Assistant in ScHARR for an EPSR funded research/industry collaboration study to develop and trial and electronic resident records system for use in care home settings.

I have experience in teaching Qualitative Research, Research Methods and Statistics and Health Psychology modules, and the supervision of undergraduate psychology students’ research projects. I also engage with roles that reflect my interest in promoting the use of innovative qualitative research methods in psychology; ethics and governance; enhancing the university student experience, and delivering research-based dignity conserving health and social care in practice.

Research interests

I have an interest in health related research, particularly the psychological health and wellbeing of older people. I have experience of research using ethnography, visual methods, photo voice, object elicitation, photo elicitation, interviews and focus groups. I also have research experience of analysing visual/audio data, and of Discourse Analysis, Narrative Analysis, Thematic Analysis and Conversation Analysis.

Research and scholarly activities

  • Research Assistant - Volker Rail OTM Health and Safety Project (2012 ): Project Leader Dr. Jim Morgan, Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University, England.

Current projects

  • EPSRC Project: Funded research/industry collaboration to develop an electronic resident records system for care homes (Research Assistant)
  • SHU bursary funded PhD in Health Psychology: Qualitative research within health and social care entitled “Exploring meaning of care in nursing care homes for older people” (PhD Research).
Teaching interests
  • Masters and undergraduate student large group facilitation: Research Methods and Statistics lab sessions
  • Small group facilitation: Qualitative Research Methods Module
  • Lecturing on the BSc Health Psychology Module
  • BSc Psychology student dissertation supervision
  • Workshop facilitation for MSc Developmental Psychology Module
Professional activities
  • Membership of professional bodies: Graduate Member of BPS, Member of Health Psychology Division of BPS, Member of ISCHP.
  • Member SHU QRISS interdisciplinary qualitative research group.
  • Member SHU Health Psychology Research Group.
  • SHU Ethics Committee - Postgraduate student representative.
  • SHU Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Forum (PECRF) - Responsible for organising activities, meetings, learning opportunities and information dissemination to other MSc/PhD students and Early Career Researchers within the Faculty of Development and Society (Co-founder and Secretary).
  • SHU National PECRF Annual Conference - Responsible for organising conference funding/fees/venue package, conference paper approval, coordinating poster sessions, and chairing of sessions (Conference Founder and Organising Committee Member).
  • Sheffield Healthwatch (formerly Sheffield LINKs) - Performing enter-and-view visits to adult health and social care service providers (Authorised Representative).

Presentations and conferences

  • 2014 - Paper presented at the Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference: Representations and Participation (30 May), Sheffield Hallam University, England.
  • 2013 - Paper presented at the Qualitative Research in Social Sciences Group: The use of visual methods in psychology research (October). Sheffield Hallam University, England.
  • 2013 - Paper presented at the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) (22-24 July), University of Bradford, England.
  • 2012 - Paper presented at the International Critical Care Conference: advancing an ethic of care in theory and practice (13-14 September), University of Brighton, England.
  • 2012 - Paper presented at the International Conference of Ageing (13-14 September), Lancaster University, England.
  • 2012 - Poster presented at the European Health Psychology Conference (22-25 August), Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 2012 - Paper presented at the Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, (30 May), University of Sheffield, England.
  • 2011 - Paper presented at the SHU Public Health Showcase Conference (June), Sheffield Hallam University, England.
  • 2010 - Paper presented at the European Health Psychology Conference (August), Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania.