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Research developments on the psychological impact of OA/TOF across the lifespan

Published: Tue, 26th March 2019, 08:55:00 AM

My name is Dr Vuokko Wallace, I’m an Adult OA/TOF and a clinical psychologist working with children and families.  I’m conducting research on the psychological impact of OA/TOF on families. Many thanks to those of you took part in my research last year.  At present, I’m analysing the data and preparing my first article on the study.  I’m also working as an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Bath and supervising student research projects.

I’m very excited to let you know that three University of Bath students are currently designing research projects investigating the psychological impact of OA/TOF across the lifespan.

  • Dr Andy Haig-Ferguson is a health psychologist and training to become a clinical psychologist on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme.  His qualitative research project will explore the relationship between adolescents and parents in the context of OA/TOF, with a particular focus on transitioning from paediatric to adult care.
  • Caitlin Rabone is a postgraduate student on the M.Sc. in Applied Clinical Psychology course.  She is interested in the relationship between one’s physical and mental health.  Her qualitative research project will explore the psychological impact of OA, focussing on the experiences of adults with OA/TOF.
  • Lia Clarke is also a postgraduate student on the M.Sc. Applied Clinical Psychology programme.  Her quantitative research project will explore the psychological impact of living with OA as an adult.  Her study will focus on investigating the presence of common mental health disorders as well as trauma due to stressful medical events.

Andy, Caitlin and Lia are going to be recruiting participants for their studies over the summer. Hopefully, Lia and Caitlin will be presenting their findings in the next TOFS Conference in October. Andy will be finishing his research project the following year. Please watch this space for further news.

Dr Vuokko Wallace, Clinical Psychologist, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Bath

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