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Felicity Boardman



Assistant Professor


WMS - Social Science and Systems in Health
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 151291

Research Interests

Mixed methods; genetic and reproductive technologies; disability; Spinal Muscular Atrophy; qualitative research methods; stigma.

Research Grants & Awards

1) Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, February 2017- February 2020 (£248, 802)

2) ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship May 2013- Feb 2017. 'Imagining Futures: The Social and Ethical Implications of Genetic Screening' (£161, 074)

3) Mildred Blaxter Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness. November 2011- April 2013.* (£38,000)

4) ESRC 1+3 Doctoral Scholarship, Department of Sociology, 2005-2009. (£80,000)

Research Projects

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  • Boardman, Felicity K., Young, P., Warren, O., Griffiths, Frances, 2018. The role of experiential knowledge within attitudes towards genetic carrier screening : a comparison of people with and without experience of spinal muscular atrophy. Health Expectations, 21 (1), pp. 201-211, View
  • Boardman, Felicity K., 2017. Experience as knowledge : disability, distillation and (reprogenetic) decision-making. Social Science & Medicine, 191, pp. 186-193, View
  • Boardman, Felicity K., Young, Philip J., Griffiths, Frances, 2017. Newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy : the views of affected families and adults. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 173 (6), pp. 1546-1561, View
  • Boardman, Felicity K., Young, Philip J., Griffiths, Frances, 2017. Impairment experiences, identity and attitudes towards genetic screening : the views of people with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Journal of Genetic Counseling, View
  • Boardman, Felicity K., Sadler, Chloe, Young, Philip J., 2017. Newborn genetic screening for spinal muscular atrophy in the UK : the views of the general population. Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine, View
  • Boardman, Felicity K., Young, Philip J., Griffiths, Frances, 2016. Population screening for spinal muscular atrophy : a mixed methods study of the views of affected families. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Part A), View

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Celia Bernstein - Investigating the role of healthcare provision in the construction of patients' experience of physical disability: A case study of dystonia patients and healthcare practitioners in England
  • Marie Murphey

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    Felicity teaches across the University on research methods, ethics and the social aspects of genetics.

    As well as facilitating small group work on the MB ChB programme, Felicity leads the ESRC DTP core module Research Design, Practice and Ethics module, co-leads Mixed Methods for Health Research and guest lectures on the interdisciplinary module, Genetics: Science and Society.

    Felicity also runs regular workshops and advanced training on mixed methods research techniques.