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I graduated with my undergraduate psychology degree from Lancaster University in 2005. After a year working as a behaviour support worker, I completed a MSc in Qualitative Psychology and Health and a PhD in psychology, both at the University of Leeds. In between these studies, I also worked as a Research Assistant on a major multi-centre clinical trial of speech and language therapy – the ACT NoW project.
My PhD research concerned the self-management of type 2 diabetes. The challenges my participants experienced in adopting healthy behaviours into their lives led me to question the dominant psychological theories of behaviour change – which I viewed as overly rationalistic and simplistic – and to offer a more nuanced, social, and multi-layered theory of health behaviour. This research has been published in leading psychology and health care journals including Health Psychology, Qualitative Health Research, and Psychology & Health.
After completing my PhD, I took up two very different research positions, both at the University of Sheffield. First, I worked producing evidence reviews on health care interventions and drug treatments. Our main client for these reviews was the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and our reviews informed decisions on whether to commission particular treatments at the NHS level. After two years doing this type of work, however, I knew my passion was in getting out from behind my desk and finding out about people’s experiences of health and illness. I took up a position on an international research project exploring technology use and self-management among people with mild cognitive impairment – defined as an “intermediate state” between normal aging and dementia. Outcomes of this research are currently in the pipeline – so watch this space.
I took up my post as Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield in April 2016. Having worked in such diverse research settings, I bring a unique profile of research skills and expertise to the department. I am currently developing new research collaborations at Huddersfield and am looking forward to working with the many excellent colleagues we have at our institution.
My research interests include:
I have conducted peer reviews of research grants for the following organisations:
Gomersall, T., Smith, S., Blewett, C. and Astell, A. (2017) ‘It's definitely not Alzheimer's: Perceived benefits and drawbacks of a mild cognitive impairment diagnosis’ British Journal of Health Psychology , 22 (4), pp. 786-804. ISSN 1359-107X
Gomersall, T., Nyg�rd, L., Mihailidis, A., Sixsmith, A., Hwang, A., Hedman, A. and Astell, A. (2017) ‘Network-based approaches for evaluating ambient assisted living (AAL) technologies’ Evaluation , 23 (2), pp. 192-208. ISSN 1356-3890
Lindqvist, E., Persson Vasiliou, A., Gomersall, T., Astelle, A., Mihailidis, A., Sixsmith, A. and Nygard, L. (2016) ‘Activities people with cognitive deficits want to continue mastering - A scoping study’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy , 79 (7), pp. 399-408. ISSN 0308-0226
Gomersall, T., Harnan, S., Essat, M., Tappenden, P., Wong, R., Lawson, R., Pavord, I. and Everard, M. (2016) ‘A systematic review of fractional exhaled nitric oxide in the routine management of childhood asthma’ Pediatric Pulmonology , 51 (3), pp. 316-328. ISSN 8755-6863
Gomersall, T., Astell, A., Nyg�rd, L., Sixsmith, A., Mihailidis, A. and Hwang, A. (2015) ‘Living With Ambiguity: A Metasynthesis of Qualitative Research on Mild Cognitive Impairment’ The Gerontologist , 55 (5), pp. 892-912. ISSN 0016-9013
Harnan, S., Tappenden, P., Essat, M., Gomersall, T., Minton, J., Wong, R., Pavord, I., Everard, M. and Lawson, R. (2015) ‘Measurement of exhaled nitric oxide concentration in asthma: a systematic review and economic evaluation of NIOX MINO, NIOX VERO and NObreath’ Health Technology Assessment , 19 (82), pp. 1-330. ISSN 1366-5278
Gomersall, T. and Madill, A. (2015) ‘Chronotope disruption as a sensitizing concept for understanding chronic illness narratives.’ Health Psychology , 34 (4), pp. 407-416. ISSN 0278-6133
Mountain, G., Gomersall, T. and Taylor, J. (2015) Future of an ageing population evidence review; Developing medical fitness and wellbeing environments to maintain health and wellbeing over the lifecourse. Foresight, Government Office for Science
Gomersall, T., Spencer, S., Basarir, H., Tsuchiya, A., Clegg, J., Sutton, A. and Dickinson, K. (2015) ‘Measuring quality of life in children with speech and language difficulties: a systematic review of existing approaches’ International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders , 50 (4), pp. 416-435. ISSN 1368-2822
Pandor, A., Gomersall, T., Stevens, J., Wang, J., Al-Mohammad, A., Bakhai, A., Cleland, J., Cowie, M. and Wong, R. (2013) ‘Remote monitoring after recent hospital discharge in patients with heart failure: a systematic review and network meta-analysis’ Heart , 99 (23), pp. 1717-1726. ISSN 1355-6037
Young, A., Gomersall, T. and Bowen, A. (2013) ‘Trial participants' experiences of early enhanced speech and language therapy after stroke compared with employed visitor support: a qualitative study nested within a randomized controlled trial’ Clinical Rehabilitation , 27 (2), pp. 174-182. ISSN 0269-2155
Gomersall, T., Madill, A. and Summers, L. (2012) ‘Getting one's thoughts straight: A dialogical analysis of women's accounts of poorly controlled type 2 diabetes’ Psychology and Health , 27 (3), pp. 378-393. ISSN 0887-0446
Gomersall, T., Madill, A. and Summers, L. (2011) ‘A Metasynthesis of the Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes’ Qualitative Health Research , 21 (6), pp. 853-871. ISSN 1049-7323
Peer reviewer – learned journals
Shaping professional identities - Towards an understanding of the impact of social media experiences of social workers. Sam Miller, PhD – co-supervisor
Dr. Gomersall can provide consultancy on:
Previous funded consultancy projects:
I am academic conduct manager in the Division of Psychology and module lead on HHB1071, Psychology of Health & Wellbeing.
I lead the third year undergraduate module HHB1071, Psychology of Health & Wellbeing.
I have also taught the following topics: