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Deborah Biggerstaff



Senior Teaching Fellow


WMS - Mental Health and Wellbeing
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 7652 8206

Research Interests

  • Psychological and behavioural aspects of health and health services provision.
  • Women's health issues, especially postnatal care.
  • Methodologies as applied to health, to include both quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry (e.g. mixed methods, interpretative phenomenological analysis, narrative methods in health).
  • How healthcare professionals integrate patient values and individual preferences with evidence-based healthcare.
  • Shared decision making: Do the public share practitioners' views about best evidence (research collaboration with Prof Liz Robinson, Dept. Psychology).
  • Ethical issues as applied to health research.
  • Adolescent developmental and health psychology (with Prof. Sarah Stewart-Brown): an evaluation of the Parent Child Closeness Scale: A re-assessment of its psychometric properties.

Much of my research focuses on shared decision making in health care. I am currently researching on phronesis in medical communities a research collaboration with the University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham, funded by AHRC Phronesis and the Medical Community.


Deborah Biggerstaff is a Chartered Health Psychologist, and Senior Fellow, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick. She worked in the NHS for several years before studying for her degree. After graduating from Warwick with a first class honours degree in Psychology, she spent several years at University of Birmingham and Coventry University before returning to Warwick as a research fellow in the Centre for Health Services Studies, Warwick Business School. Previously Lecturer and Module Leader, Health Psychology, MBChB programme, WMS she currently teaches across the Masters programmes leading on supervision and teaching on qualitative research, psychological and behavioural medicine, research methods and critical appraisal, where she is one of the Module Leaders, for the core module Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal (UReCA). Deborah also leads Evidence and Values in Clinical Education, a core module for Masters in Medical Education. In addition she is Academic Convenor for the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) in DMAP. Her research interests include health services research, women's health, behavioural aspects of infection prevention and control, phenomenology and narratives of self in relation to healthcare. She also has research interests in ethnicity and cultural health and is an Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Evidence in Ethnicity, Health & Diversity (CEEHD), a University of Warwick collaboration with the Mary Seacole Research Centre, De Montfort University. She is a member of the Biomedical & Scientific Research Ethics Committee (BSREC) currently serving as Deputy Chair BSREC. Deborah is on research secondment to the Department of Psychology where she is researching how healthcare professionals integrate patient values and individual preferences with evidence-based healthcare

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Exploring the perspectives of clinical educators: is paramedic practice 'fit for future' in NHS England? Date of Completion:2015
  • Exploring identity in forensic service users diagnosed with personality disorder and serious mental illness Date of Completion:2016
  • Behavioural aspects of health screening Date of Completion:2021
  • Organisational barriers and enablers in the adoption of self-testing and m-health treatment pathways for sexual health Date of Completion:2016
  • Defining the psychological effects of cardiovascular risk screening may have on asymptomatic individuals Date of Completion:2013
  • Revision course for primary fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthesia (FRCA) examination Date of Completion:2013
  • Psychosis and spirituality: telling a different story. Service users' narratives in mental health care.
  • Evlauating an educational project for junior doctors: Respiratory Breakfast Club Date of Completion:2013
  • Can the patient experience be enhanced by teaching clinicians telemedicine communication skills used in telephone and e-communication consultations? Date of Completion:2013
  • Is the provision of feedback to phase two Warwick Medical students fit for purpose? A service evaluation of quality, quantity and perceptions Date of Completion:2013
  • Hypertension, Stroke and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in UK African and African-Caribbean Populations: A Systematic Review Date of Completion:2007
  • Clinical reasoning for medical students. What is the evidence to guide how it should be taught? A critical review Date of Completion:2012

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