Simon was employed in September 2015 as a Research Fellow on the DECIDE research project to work on the first two phasese of the development of an assessment for carers of people with dementia, which involve experience-based interviews and subsequequent cognitive interviews. Simon is primarily a qualitative researcher, with a particular interest in interview-based studies and qualitative analysis.
Simon completed his PhD in January 2015, which investigated the education engagement of teenage cancer patients and how this interacted with their overall coping, wellbeing and self-perception. He has an ongoing academic and research interest in this area.
Previous to this post Simon worked as a Research Fellow/Assistant within POG (Patient Outcomes Group) for 7 years and for 5 years before that as a Learning Mentor for the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Support Service.
Mike is an academic researcher and the Director of Leeds Psychometric Laboratory for Health Sciences, which is one of Europe’s leading psychometric laboratories. He is an enthusiastic advocate of psychometric methodology, and is committed to developing the next generation of patient reported outcome measures.
Mike has over ten years of applied health research experience, focusing on psychometrics and Rasch analysis. He is the primary instructor on a range of world renowned Rasch analysis courses, and is also part of a broad, international multidisciplinary collaborative network which looks to shape methodological advances in patient reported outcome measures.
Molly is a research assistant for the third phase of the DECIDE project at the University of Leeds.
She is also employed in other projects as a member of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Group and before that worked in Project Management for four years.
Linda’s background is in project management, marketing and administration, and prior to working for Leeds University she worked for over 20 years for the Royal Institute of British Architects, managing architectural competitions for new buildings for public and private clients all over the UK. She has organised numerous public consultations, events and exhibitions to promote the work of architects to the general public, and to seek public involvement and input into the development of new building projects.
Linda joined Leeds University in 2015 to provide support to the Project Management team for the Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis study. She is an experienced administrator and will bring these skills to the MRC DECIDE study.