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Dr Carol Hawley

Job Title
Visiting academic
Warwick Medical School - Mental Health and Wellbeing
+44 (0)2476 522459
Research Interests

Epidemiology of brain injury in children, adults and older people. Rehabilitation following brain injury or stroke; outcomes following head injury among children, adolescents and adults; attitudes of health professionals to giving advice to patients; Medical aspects of fitness to drive. Return to driving after illness, injury or disability; Child abuse and neglect


Dr Carol Hawley is Principal Research Fellow in the Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing. She has a first degree and a PhD in Psychology. Chair of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS), and Chair of the Special Interest Group on Driving which is part of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation (WFNR). Previous member of the Topic Selection Panel for Long-term Conditions for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). She joined Warwick Medical School in 2004, having held previous posts in Warwick Business School. She has led a range of projects, including research into service delivery and service development and into organisational and clinical decision making. She has led a programme of research into medical aspects of fitness to drive for the Department for Transport. She has completed a large multi-method and multi-professional study of attitudes of health care professionals to giving advice to patients regarding their fitness to drive. She has considerable experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders and of conducting research in various settings, including GP practices, NHS hospitals, private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals and secure forensic psychiatric units. She has experience of teaching and training medical students and health and social care professionals. She has considerable experience of disseminating the results of research to stakeholders, policy-makers, and those responsible for implementing the recommendations of research. In particular, she has worked with and disseminated research findings to members of the general public, charities and voluntary organisations. Recent projects have been in the field of driving, carried out in association with the Institute of Advanced Motoring, the College of Optometrists and Road Safety Analysis. Previous research on driving was carried out with the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). PhD supervisor in the area of paediatric brain injury.

Title Funder Award start Award end
Analysis of child development issues in Serious case Reviews Department for Education 01 Dec 2010 31 Mar 2012
Eye Healthcare in the UK (Phases 1 & 2) College of Optometrists 01 Oct 2009 31 Jul 2010
A spasticity management, outcomes and cost effectiveness registry University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust 01 Dec 2003 31 Aug 2006
Systematic Review of the Probability of Future Seizures after an Initial Seizure - S601N Department for Transport 31 Dec 2004 31 Jan 2006
The Attitudes of Health Professionals to giving advice on fitness to drive Department for Transport 01 Feb 2004 30 Jan 2006
Novartis Charitable donation to support research into severe asthma Novartis Foundation 01 Mar 2002 28 Feb 2005
Follow up survey of drivers post injury or illness : con 07360 TRL Ltd (Transport Research Laboratory) 30 Sep 2003 31 Dec 2004
Systematic Review of the Actuarial Probability of Future Seizures after an Initial Seizure Department for Transport 01 Jan 2004 30 Jun 2004