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Staff Profile

Dr Felicity Thomas

Senior Research Fellow

Kath Maguire

My research uses narrative, ethnographic and participatory approaches to examine the ways that people experience health and illness and make decisions over treatment use. I am particularly interested in understanding how health 'conditions' become medicalised, and the ways this inter-relates with poverty, disadvantage and health-related inequalities.

I currently run an ESRC-funded project (DE-STRESS) examining how moral narratives relating to responsibility and welfare reform influence the medicalisation of distress and the uptake of antidepressants in low-income communities in the South West. I am also involved in a WHO-led project to improve health care for migrants through the promotion of intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity within public health systems. 

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Contact by phone
01392 722820

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Social Science; Ethnography; Narrative and Participatory Methods; Health Inequalities; Migration

Projects

DE-STRESS

Publications

Moral narratives and mental health: rethinking understandings of distress and healthcare support in contexts of austerity and welfare reform

Upcoming Events

Jul
18

Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth (Cafe area: please go to Reception on arrival where a member of the team will meet you)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Sep
03

PPI Advice Clinic

South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

Patient and Public Involvement Advice Clinics Held every month 30 minutes between 12pm-1pm Whatever your query, from finding...
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News

PenCLAHRC successful in application to become a designated and funded NIHR Applied Research Collaboration

11 July 2019

PenCLAHRC are delighted to be able to announce success in their bid to become a funded...
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Job opportunity - Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor

10 July 2019

The Community and Primary Care Research Group within the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences...
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Professor Tamsin Ford awarded CBE for services to psychiatry

17 June 2019

Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter Medical School...
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News

Research Projects

Social Prescribing - Understanding what works in, and supporting provision of, nature - based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

We have been awarded funding from DEFRA to identify what works in the use of...
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Social Prescribing - Cornwall and Plymouth Researcher in Residence

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

Evaluation work by a Researcher in Residence to assess implementation, reach, scope and acceptability of...
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Research Projects