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Research Profile

Dr Michelle
Pyer

Senior Researcher

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

  • Michelle is a full time Researcher for the Centre for Health and Wellbeing Research at the University. She has completed over fifteen research and evaluation projects for local and national organisations since her appointment in 2009. Michelle is particularly proactive in developing projects which engage members of the public in their development. Her PhD research considered the impact of particular spaces on the leisure and wellbeing of teenage wheelchair users. Michelle has worked on a number of research projects in relation to the needs of carers and families of disabled people in both third sector and local authority contexts and has wide ranging experience of working in home environments as a family support worker for children with additional needs. She is an expert member of an Midlands NHS Research Ethics Committee and as part of her work for CHWR regularly provides support and guidance to researchers applying for ethical review.

    • 2009-ongoing Researcher, Centre for Health and Wellbeing Research
    • 2009 Social Researcher, Scope
    • 2008 External consultant, Hertfordshire County Council
    • 2005 – 2009 PhD student, Centre for Children and Youth, University of Northampton
    • 2005 – 2008 Part time lecturer, University of Northampton
    • 2005 – 2006 Research Assistant, Hertfordshire County Council, CSF Participation Team
    • 2001-2005 BA Hons Human Geography (with Education), University College Northampton

    Professional Memberships

    • Expert member, East Midlands NHS Research Ethics Committee
    • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society 
    • Associate Fellow of the Higher Teaching Academy
    • Member, The Geographical Association
    • Member, Society for Disability Studies
  • Michelle delivers research methods and ethics sessions to a number of undergraduate courses and is a supervisor on research into childhood and youth. She also teaches on the Doctorate of Professional Practice within the School of Health.

  • Michelle has completed research and evaluation projects on a wide variety of subject areas. Her PhD research (completed in 2009) focused on access issues for teenage wheelchair users. Her particular research interests include:

    • Research ethics
    • Service evaluation
    • Patient and public involvement
    • Children and Young People’s Participation
    • Children’s geographies
    • Childhood disability

    She is an expert member of an NHS Research ethics committee, and also sits on both the University and School of Health committees. Michelle has reviewed for a range of funding bodies including the Big Lottery. Recently completed research and evaluation projects include:

    • Campbell, J., Pyer, M. and Smith, J. (2012) An evaluation of the Mum to Mum breastfeeding support service, Northamptonshire. Project commissioned by Babyways.
    • Campbell, J., Pyer, M. and Andrag, H. (2011) An evaluation of the Carer Strategy Demonstrator Sites: Phase ii, Northamptonshire. Project commissioned by NHS Northamptonshire.
    • Pyer, M. and Spencer, M. (2011) Resilience in the lives of families with a disabled child. Literature review. Project commissioned by Scope.
    • Parkes, J., Pyer, M., Ward, A., Crafter, S., and Armstrong-Hallam, S.(2011) Examining Drinking Cultures: Motivations and behaviours of Northamptonshire residents in relation to alcohol consumption. Project Commissioned by Northamptonshire Partnership.
    • Campbell, J., Chiang, E., Pyer, M. and Ward, A. (2011) An evaluation of the Carer Strategy Demonstrator Sites: Phase i, Northamptonshire. Project commissioned by NHS Northamptonshire.
    • Parkes J.H., Pyer M., Ward, A., Dickens G., (2011) Supporting Successful Transitions: How do Patients in medium Secure Units React to Environmental Change? Project commissioned by St Andrews Healthcare
    • Bartoli, A., Pyer, M. and Horton, J. (2011) An Evaluation of Surestart Centres in Higham Ferrers and Brackley, Northamptonshire. Project Funded by Northamptonshire County Council.
    • Parkes, J., Pyer, M. and Ward, A. (2010) A review of restructuring in Northamptonshire West CID. Project commissioned by Northamptonshire Police
    • Pyer, M., Parkes, J. and Ward, A. (2010) An Evaluation of the Best Practice Scheme in Northamptonshire. Project Commissioned by Nene Commissioning.
    • Campbell, J., Chiang, E., Pyer, M. and Ward, A. (2011) An Evaluation of the Pilot Healthchecks scheme in Northamptonshire. Project commissioned by NHS Northamptonshire.
    • Parkes, J., Ward, A. and Pyer, M. (2010) An Evaluation of the Care Homes Scheme. Project Commissioned by Nene Commissioning.
    • Redwood, T., Pyer, M. and Armstrong-Hallam, S. (2010) Exploring attitudes and behaviour towards Teenage Pregnancy and Sex and Relationships Education in Northamptonshire. Project commissioned by NHS Northamptonshire.
    • O’Dell, C., Parkes, J. & Pyer, M. (2010) A Joint evaluation of the newly developed Health Trainer Role and Well-being Centres in Northamptonshire. Project commissioned by NHS Northamptonshire
    • Pyer, M. & Parkes, J. (2010) An Evaluation of the General Practitioner Referral Tool Pathfinder. Project commissioned by Nene Commissioning.
    • Pyer, M. (2009) The Difference that Difference Makes: Leisure, space and teenage wheelchair users. Unpublished PhD thesis
    • Pyer, M. and Bush, M. (2009) Disabled Families in Flux: Removing barriers to family life. Disablism Audit 2009. London: Scope.
      (Contributed to) Hertfordshire Children’s Trust Partnership Participation Toolkit, Hertfordshire County Council. Available online.
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Michelle Pyer’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.