Suzanne is a health and social care researcher, with skills in both qualitative and quantitative methods, and a particular interest in using innovative methods to make research participation accessible to all. She first joined SPRU in 1996 to investigate the needs of children and young people living with a chronic illness or disability. Since then the remit of her work has widened to include all ages groups, complex service evaluations, and the well-being of health and social care practitioners. Her current research interests are: the support needs of people living with inflammatory bowel disease; the prevention of burnout in paediatric oncology staff; and services for autistic adults.
- PhD (Health Sciences), University of York
- MSc (Child Development), Institute of Education, University of London
- BSc (Hons) (Psychology), Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic
Current / recently completed research
IAMHealth: Improving outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorders by reducing mental health problems
The IAMHealth study is a programme grant funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), entitled 'Improving outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorders by reducing mental health problems.' This programme focuses on decreasing mental health problems as a strategy for improving outcomes for people with ASD and their families.
September 2014 - March 2019
This project is evaluating Specialist Autism Teams, and investigating their role in supporting autism-specialist practice in mainstream services.
Living with inflammatory bowel disease: the experiences of adults of South Asian origin (the LISA project)
November 2012 - May 2014
The primary aims of the study are to describe what living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease is like for South Asian adults, including their experiences as health service users, and to understand whether ethnicity impacts on this experience and, if so, how.