Louise gained her first degree in Sociology and Psychology at Brunel University, and subsequently a PhD in Nursing Studies at King’s College London. She has a long standing interest in health issues having qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and more recently acquiring a further degree in Complementary Medicine.
Methodologically, Louise has considerable experience of longitudinal survey research having worked for 12 years at the National Nursing Research Unit (King’s College) on a DH programme investigating nursing careers. More recently, however, she has specialised in qualitative methods, and currently teaches the qualitative component of MSc research methods courses.
Louise has an eclectic mix of research interests including complementary therapies, cancer care, brain injury, women’s health and vulnerable young people. She is currently funded with colleagues at the University of Essex and Colchester Hospital for an NIHR RfPB project exploring Modified Pilates as an adjunct treatment for Urinary Incontinence.