Dr Caroline Flurey

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  • Qualifications:CPsychol PhD MSc BSc (hons)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS) HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 81795
  • Email:Caroline2.Flurey@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

My research particularly focuses on men's health in relation to long term conditions, specifically rheumatic diseases.  I'm currently working on a World Scleroderma Foundation funded project to understand experiences and support needs of men with systemic sclerosis, and my previous Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) foundation (post-doctoral) fellowship enabled me to explore the experiences, coping styles and support needs of men with rheumatoid arthritis.   My future plans for this work are to develop and test an appealing and effective self-management intervention targeted towards men with inflammatory auto-immune rheumatic diseases. 

Methodologically, my expertise is within qualitative methods and Q-methodology. I am involved in OMERACT (outcome measures in rheumatology trials) groups of Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission: Patient Perspective as co-chair; Drug safety; Contextual Factors; and Remission.

I am currently supervising four UWE PhD students, with two as Director of Studies:
Ruben McNeil-Walsh (ESRC SWDTP funded) focusing on support needs and masculine identities of young men with inflammatory arthritis
Suzanne van Even (ESRC SWDTP funded) focusing on experiences, coping styles and support needs of Black men with inflammatory rheumatic diseases

I was the President of British Health Professionals in Rheumatology from 2018-2020, and within this role Trustee of British Society of Rheumatology. I am currently a member of the research advisory board for Royal College of Occupational Therapists. I am co-chair of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Remission in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Patient Perspective working group, and a member of the OMERACT working groups of Drug Safety, Equity and Contextual Factors.

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Wales, Swansea (2005) and my Health Psychology MSc from UWE (2007).  My PhD was 'Characterising daily fluctuations, flare and self-management in rheumatoid arthritis: The patient perspective' and was funded by Arthritis Research UK (UWE, 2012). I also hold Chartered Status with British Psychological Society (CPsychol) and Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA).


Area of expertise

My areas of expertise are men's health and rheumatology, centred around the patient perspective.

My particular areas of expertise and interest are: men's experiences and perceptions of illness; fluctuating symptoms in daily life, disease flare, self-management, help-seeking behaviours, remission and equity.

I am a mixed methods researcher with particular expertise in qualitative methodologies and Q-methodology (a quasi-quantitative method)   


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