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Amanda joined the University in June 2016 as a Research Fellow based in the Centre for Applied Research in Health at the University of Huddersfield.
She is an experienced mental health and health services researcher with a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing. She has undertaken research related to mental health as well as other health conditions. For example, in 2013 Amanda successfully completed an ESRC funded PhD entitled ‘Listening with Your Eyes: Using Pictures and Words to Explore Self-Harm at the University of Leeds. The PhD featured three different studies - 1) a systematic review of functions of self-harm (see publications); 2) a primary study which explored people’s experience of self-harm using photo elicitation (in preparation), and 3) an internet based study which explored the visual content of images posted on blogs tagged as self- harm. Amanda has also been involved with research projects which have focused on other sensitive topic areas such as cancer, suicide and Alzheimer’s disease (see publications).
Amanda’s first post-doctoral research position involved leading a multi-centre psychological wellbeing study in teenage and young adults diagnosed with cancer at the University of Leeds. Since then she has led phase 1 of a multicentre randomised controlled trial which qualitatively explored treatment choices for patients diagnosed with non-invasive high grade bladder cancer. During this post she completed a systematic review of the effects of bladder cancer from the patients’ perspective (submitted). She is now project manager for the multisite Randomised Evaluation of Sexual Health Promotion Effectiveness informing Care and Treatment (RESPECT) NIHR HTA funded feasibility trial (see Research & Scholarship section for further information).
Amanda has experience of using quantitative and qualitative methods in applied health research, and is experienced in qualitative analysis. She is particularly interested in using visual methods to explore sensitive topic areas and engage hard to reach populations in research.
Amanda reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health and Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Bulletin
Amanda is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol).
Amanda is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Applied Research in Health. Amanda is also a member of the Human and Health Sciences School Research Ethics Panel (SREP)
Amanda is a Research Fellow on the RESPECT study, led by Professor Liz Hughes and funded by the NIHR. The RESPECT study aims to develop new ways to help people with serious mental illness to consider their sexual health and help them to access the right kinds of help to improve this. Amanda’s role is to manage the participating NHS sites based in the North of England.
Amanda is interested in applied mental health research. She is particularly interested in using non-traditional research methods with hard to reach (engage) populations.
Amanda has extensive experience in the NHS ethical review process; in setting up and conducting research in the NHS and working jointly with Trials units, and collaborative working with patients and the public in designing and delivering NHS research.
Hughes, E., Edmondson, A., Onyekwe, I., Quinn, C. and Nolan, F. (2017) ‘Identifying and addressing sexual health in serious mental illness: views of mental health staff working in two NHS organisations in England’ International Journal of Mental Health Nursing . ISSN 1445-8330
Edmondson, A (2017) ‘Sexual Health Promotion for People with Serious Mental Illness is it feasible’. In: International Academy of Law and Mental Health, 9th - 14th July, 2017, Prague
Muir, D., Catto, J., Twiddy, M., Birtwistle, J., Edmondson, A., Kelly, P., Hiley, V. and Oughton, J. (2017) ‘Working together to improve trial communication’. In: Leeds CTRU 25 Year Celebrations, 15th June 2017, Leeds, UK
Edmondson, A., Birtwistle, J., Catto, J. and Twiddy, M. (2017) ‘The patients experience of a bladder cancer diagnosis: a systematic review of the qualitative evidence’ Journal of Cancer Survivorship . ISSN 1932-2259
Edmondson, A (2016) ‘An evaluation of the clinical interactions relating to psychological wellbeing and distress between teenagers and young adults (TYAs) diagnosed with cancer and non-psychologist TYA staff’. In: Teenage Cancer Trust 9th International Conference and 1st Global AYA Cancer Congress, 4th-6th Dec 2016, Edinburgh
Hughes, E. and Edmondson, A. (2016) ‘Randomised Evaluation of Sexual health Promotion Effectiveness informing Care and Treatment’. In: Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust: Research and Development Forum, 15th Nov 2016, Leeds, UK
Paul, C., Edmondson, A., Hughes, E., Samuels, I., Foster, S. and Owen, C. (2016) ‘Give a little RESPECT: Patient and Public Involvement in Research’. In: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust Research and Development Forum, Nov 15th 2016, Leeds, UK
Edmondson, A., Brennan, C. and House, A. (2016) ‘Non-suicidal reasons for self-harm: A systematic review of self-reported accounts’ Journal of Affective Disorders , 191, pp. 109-117. ISSN 0165-0327
Hales, H., Edmondson, A., Davison, S., Maughan, B. and Taylor, P. (2015) ‘The impact of contact with suicide related behaviour in prisons in young offenders’ Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention , 36 (1), pp. 21-30. ISSN 0227-5910
Hales, H., Freeman, M., Edmondson, A. and Taylor, P. (2014) ‘Witnessing suicide-related behaviour in prison; a qualitative study of the young male prisoners in England’ Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention , 35 (1), pp. 10-17. ISSN 0227-5910
Edmondson, A., Brennan, C. and House, A. (2013) ‘A Research Encounter with Self-Harm: Using Pictures and Words. In: Baker, C., Shaw, C., Biley, F. (eds.) Our Encounters with Self-Harm. PCCS Books’. In: Our Encounters with Self-Harm. : PCCS Books.. . ISBN 978-1906254636
Edmondson, A (2013) Listening with your eyes: Using pictures and words to explore self-harm Doctoral thesis, University of Leeds.
Edmondson, A (2012) ‘Using a Camera to Explore Self-harm’ Visual Sociology: Newsletter of the Visual Sociology Thematic Group TG05 (4), p. 17.
Cook, L., Ho, L., Wang, L., Terrenoire, E., Brayne, C., Evans, J., Xuereb, J., Cairns, N., Turic, D., Hollingworth, P., Moore, P., Jehu, L., Archer, N., Walter, S., Foy, C., Edmondson, A., Powell, J., Lovestone, S., Williams, J. and Rubinsztein, D. (2005) ‘Candidate gene association studies of genes involved in neuronal cholinergic transmission in Alzheimer's disease suggests choline acetyltransferase as a candidate deserving further study.’ American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics , 132B (1), pp. 5-8. ISSN 1552-4841
Turic, D., Jehu, L., Dunstan, M., Lloyd, B., Peirce, T., Jones, S., Hollingworth, P., Moore, P., Hamilton, G., Busby, L., Walter, S., Archer, N., Foy, C., Edmondson, A., Poppe, M., Powell, J., Jones, L., O'Donovan, M., Lovestone, S., Owen, M. and Williams, J. (2004) ‘P4-090 Evidence of association with late onset Alzheimer's disease on chromosome 10Q’ Neurobiology of Aging , 25, p. S500. ISSN 0197-4580
Hollingworth, P., Hamshere, M., Hill, G., Moore, P., Ludford, R., Foy, C., Archer, N., Edmondson, A., Proitsi, P., Lynch, A., Evans, I., Hamilton, B., Lovestone, S., Powell, J., Brayne, C., Rubinsztein, D., Lawlor, B., Gill, M., Owen, M. and Williams, J. (2004) ‘P1-014 Principal components analysis of the neuropsychiatric inventory in Alzheimer's disease’ Neurobiology of Aging , 25 (2), p. S97. ISSN 0197-4580
Harold, D., Peirce, T., Moskvina, V., Myers, A., Jones, S., Hollingworth, P., Moore, P., Lovestone, S., Powell, J., Foy, C., Archer, N., Walter, S., Edmondson, A., McIlroy, S., Craig, D., Passmore, P., Goate, A., Hardy, J., O'Donovan, M., Williams, J., Liddell, M., Owen, M. and Jones, L. (2003) ‘Sequence variation in the CHAT locus shows no association with late-onset Alzheimer's disease’ Human Genetics , 113 (3), pp. 258-267. ISSN 0340-6717
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences symposium – best oral presentation, 2012
Qualitative Methods in Psychology, London. Poster presentation (awarded bursary to attend), 2012.
University of Leeds Post Graduate Research Conference - Research Image of the year, awarded second prize, 2011.
Research & Development Forum, Leeds Partnership Foundation Trust - Poster presentation - received poster presentation award (runner up), 2011.
Paul, C., Edmondson, A., Hughes, L., Samuels, I., Foster, S., Owen, C., presented a workshop at the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Research Forum, Nov 2016, Leeds, UK. Give a little RESPECT: Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in Research.
Hughes, E.C., Edmondson, A. J. Poster presentation Randomised Evaluation of Sexual health Promotion Effectiveness informing Care and Treatment (RESPECT). Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Research Forum, Nov 2016, Leeds, UK.
Edmondson, AJ. Oral presentation at the Teenage Cancer Trust 9th International Conference and 1st Global AYA Cancer Congress, December 2016, Edinburgh, UK: An evaluation of the clinical interactions relating to psychological wellbeing and distress between teenagers and young adults (TYAs) diagnosed with cancer and non-psychologist TYA staff
Paediatric Oncology Seminar: Psychological Care in Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer. Leeds Teaching Hospital, May 2015
Paediatric Oncology Seminar: Approaches to Detection & Management of Psychological Distress in Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer. Leeds Teaching Hospital, May 2015
Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders - Using pictures and words to explore self-harm, 2013
Self-Harm Team, Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust – Using pictures and words to explore self-harm, 2012