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Biography

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).

Methodological Experience / Interests:

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.

Journal / Peer reviewing:

Amanda reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health and Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Bulletin

Membership of Professional Body:

Amanda is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol).

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

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)

Current Research:

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.

Previous (selected) Research Experience:

  • Oct 2015 – May 2016, Research Fellow, University of Leeds, Institute of Health Sciences
    • Lead for qualitative phase of a multicentre RCT which aimed to investigate treatment choices and decision making processes for non-invasive high grade bladder cancer, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research
  • Feb 2014 – Sept 2015, Research Fellow , University of Leeds, Institute of Cancer & Pathology
    • Lead a programme of research focused on psychological wellbeing study in teenage and young adults diagnosed with cancer, funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • Jan 2013 – May 2014, Senior Clinical Research Officer, South West Yorkshire NHS Trust
    • Assisted research groups and local principal investigators in assessing feasibility and recruiting to clinical trials and other NIHR portfolio studies. Supervised clinical research officers
  • Oct 2009 – April 2013, University of Leeds, Institute of Health Sciences
    • PhD: Listening with your eyes: Using pictures and words to explore self-harm, funded by the ESRC
  • August 2003 – October 2005, Research Assistant, Institute of Psychiatry
    • Assisted on a longitudinal study examining psychological morbidity following witnessing suicidal behaviour whilst incarcerated in a male young offender’s institution.
  • June 2002 – March 2004, Research Assistant, Institute of Psychiatry
    • Assisted on two projects simultaneously 'Late Onset Alzheimer's Genetic Resource's and Biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease whose aims were to find a biological marker for Alzheimer's disease.
  • August 2001 – February 2003, Research Assistant, Royal Holloway University
    • Assisted on a qualitative study which explored clinical decision making in the treatment of lower back pain in the absence of improvement

Research Interests:

Amanda is interested in applied mental health research. She is particularly interested in using non-traditional research methods with hard to reach (engage) populations.

Other:

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.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

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 EnglandInternational 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 evidenceJournal of Cancer Survivorship . ISSN 1932-2259

2016

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

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

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

Edmondson, A., Brennan, C. and House, A. (2016) ‘Non-suicidal reasons for self-harm: A systematic review of self-reported accountsJournal of Affective Disorders , 191, pp. 109-117. ISSN 0165-0327

2015

Hales, H., Edmondson, A., Davison, S., Maughan, B. and Taylor, P. (2015) ‘The impact of contact with suicide related behaviour in prisons in young offendersCrisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention , 36 (1), pp. 21-30. ISSN 0227-5910

2014

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 EnglandCrisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention , 35 (1), pp. 10-17. ISSN 0227-5910

2013

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.

2012

Edmondson, A (2012) ‘Using a Camera to Explore Self-harmVisual Sociology: Newsletter of the Visual Sociology Thematic Group TG05 (4), p. 17.

2005

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

2004

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 10QNeurobiology 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 diseaseNeurobiology of Aging , 25 (2), p. S97. ISSN 0197-4580

2003

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 diseaseHuman Genetics , 113 (3), pp. 258-267. ISSN 0340-6717

Esteem

Prizes:

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.

Invited Presentations

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

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