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Emma Phelps


I am a first year PhD student within the Division of Health Sciences at Warwick Medical School. The overall aim of my PhD research is to assess the impact of presenting a patient's own 3D medical image within a clinical consultation. The project will seek to gain an understanding of the benefits or dis-benefits of presenting information to patients in this form and will explore the impact of the 3D image on: clinical communication; knowledge and understanding of illness and trust and decision making. The study will adopt a mixed method approach, using non-participant observation, semi structured interviews, Roter Interaction Analysis Systems (RIAS) and psychology laboratory based experiments.

My research interests include: doctor- patient communication; health behaviour change; medical decision making and patient experience of medical technology. My previous research has looked at cervical cancer screening uptake; parental control and its effect on eating behaviour and impact and effectiveness of departments within a higher education setting.

In 2012 I obtained an MSc in Health Psychology from University College London. Prior to this, I graduated from the University of Surrey with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology and Sociology (with Industrial Placement).


My PhD project is supervised by: Professor Frances Griffiths, Dr Melina Kunar, Professor Charles Hutchinson and Dr Richard Wellings


This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.



Emma Phelps

E dot E dot Phelps at warwick dot ac dot uk