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Felicity Boardman



Associate 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., 2014. Experiential knowledge of disability, impairment and illness : the reproductive decisions of families genetically at risk. Health: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness & Medicine, Volume 18 (Number 5), pp. 476-492, View

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • 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
  • An exploration of the factors influencing childhood obesity in ethnic groups in Coventry.
  • Better births? Understanding women's childbirth choices, decisions and outcomes in England today: A feminist Bourdieusian Analysis

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

    As well as supervising doctoral students and facilitating small group work within the medical school, Felicity also lectures on the MB ChB programme, 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.,

    the Health Screening module and the Postgraduate Award on Early Pregnancy and Implantation.

    Felicity also runs regular workshops and advanced training on mixed methods research techniques (e.g. SSC2 training for medical students), as well as delivering talks on the social and ethical implications of reproductive genetics both within, and beyond, academia .