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Dr Ann Adams



Honorary Research Fellow


WMS - Mental Health and Wellbeing
Room A-108, University of Warwick
Medical School Building
Gibbet Hill Campus
Tel: 024 7657 3956

Research Interests

Mental health risk assessment; Service user perspectives on safety, risk and wellbeing; Decision-making and communication in health consultations; Development and use of decision support systems; Health inequalities; integrated qualitative research in clinical trials


Ann Adams is a Principal Research Fellow and the Academic Lead for Research Degrees in the Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School. Her research is mainly in the area of mental health risk assessment, with a particular focus on service user perspectives on the relationship between personal safety, risk and wellbeing. She is the Co-developer of the Galatean Risk Screening Tool (GRiST), a web-based decision support system for assessing the risks of suicide, self-harm, harm to others, self-neglect and vulnerability. Current research focuses on myGRiST, a companion self-assessment tool to promote self-management and staying safe for service users. See for more information. Ann also researches decision making and communication in clinician-patient interactions. She is currently PI for a project investigating disparities in depression care funded under a joint ESRC and NIH initiative. Ann recently held a Department of Health National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development Career Scientist Award for a 5 year programme of research investigating 'Improving primary health care professionals decision making'. Recently, she has also supervised integrated qualitative research within complex surgical trials. Ann's PhD is in Health Sciences (University of Surrey, 1996) and she has an MSc in Social Research (University of Surrey, 1991). Her first degree was in English (University of Exeter, 1981). She also has a London University extra-mural qualification in history (1986). She joined the University of Warwick in December 2000. Ann has a clinical background in nursing.

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Disclosing depression in primary care consultations
  • Collective uncertainty for orthopaedic and surgical trials
  • The development and evaluation of an educational intervention for patients with established renal failure
  • Co-production in clinician-patient consultations for self management of long term conditions in primary care
  • A comparison of the work and roles of practice nurses and nurse practitioners in primary care Date of Completion:2005
  • Exploring children's views about what constitutes a competent nurse Date of Completion:2010
  • Investigating nurses' pre-travel health consultations

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