Personal profile

Research Interests

·       Working with professionals to understand & improve workplace wellbeing

·       Working with partners to respond to clinical/workplace need & to find evidence-based solutions

·       Developing & evaluating interventions through stakeholder engagement

·       Building skills in qualitative evidence synthesis to broaden the evidence-base informing healthcare


Prof Shaw is internationally renowned for the advancement of applied qualitative research in psychological and health sciences, which has contributed to the acceptance of qualitative research as a rigorous source of scientific evidence. Her work has informed the World Health Organization's Guide to Qualitative Evidence Synthesis, mandated the teaching of qualitative methods on BPS accredited BSc Psychology programmes, and informed the development of quality appraisal strategies for qualitative research. 

Prof Shaw's research has made substantive, methodological and conceptual contributions to the field. Substantively, her work has provided rigorous, in-depth lived experience accounts of illness diagnosis, living with illness, treatment development, management, intervention development and evaluation. This contribution has provided evidence for a number of NICE Guidelines.

Conceptually, Prof Shaw's work has brought together quantitative and qualitative methods with psychological and philosophical theories to provide the best possible explanation (Peirce’s pragmatism) for our research findings which enable us to make sound recommendations for practice. This is evidenced by successful impact – citations in WHO and NICE guidelines and international government policy – and by the high esteem in which she is held by international organisations including the European Health Psychology Society, the American Psychological Association’s Society for Qualitative Inquiry, and the British Psychological Society.

With this solid base to Prof Shaw's research and reputation, she has been able to capture research funding that focuses on responding to clinical need by developing and evaluating psychological interventions in healthcare that are based on empirical and theoretical evidence. Prof Shaw works closely with key beneficiaries - healthcare providers, patients, families, local and national organisations – to do research that will make a difference to people’s lives. 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Health Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council


Director of Research for the Applied Health Research Group

Wellbeing Lead for the College of Health & Life Sciences.

Director of Learning & Teaching for Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the School of Psychology.


Project work: requiring reviews/audits of processes or behaviours, insight into behaviours or experiences related to wellbeing, evaluation of intervention impact, methodological design and development of projects - invitations welcome.

Professional training: qualitative methods, interpretative phenomenological analysis, qualitative evidence synthesis. 

Requests for bespoke packages will be considered.

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4050

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD Psychology, De Montfort University

Award Date: 18 Jan 2001


  • BF Psychology


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