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Sally Stapley

Senior Lecturer in Research Methods

Sally Stapley

About Sally Stapley

Sally Stapley is a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods in the School of Health and Social Care. She holds a BA (Hons) first degree in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick, an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Bath, and a PhD in Health Services Research from Newcastle University.

Dr Stapley’s background is largely in academic research and education, having worked in a number of higher education institutions including the University of Bath, the Universities of Northumbria and Newcastle, and the University of York. Her diverse research projects have included: a review of behaviour change interventions in Type 2 diabetes; using cognitive interviewing to understand Paget’s disease patients’ responses on person-centred quality of life measures; investigating the social consequences of encephalitis and post-encephalitic chronic pain/central pain states; and a review of educational interventions to improve nurses’ clinical decision-making and judgement skills. She has also worked in the Cochrane Wounds Group for the Cochrane Collaboration.

Her PhD focused on issues in longitudinal measurement of health-related quality of life including conceptual models of quality of life, response shift, question-induced error, and the development and adaptation of person-centred health-related quality of life measures.

Research interests
• Cognitive Aspects of Survey Methodology (CASM)
• qualitative methods (particularly narrative methods); mixed methods and data synthesis
• developing and adapting  Patient Reported Outcomes (PROMs)
• acquired brain injury
• complementary therapies