Staff Profile

  • Michelle is a Senior Researcher within the Faculty of Health, Education and Society. Specialising in qualitative research and evaluation, in childhood and youth she has completed over thirty projects for local, national and international funders. She is a qualified therapeutic play practitioner.

    Michelle is also one of the Faculty’s leaders for postgraduate research (Health and Society subject areas), supporting the positive experience of Postgraduate Research students. She is programme leader for the Faculty’s professional doctorate programme, the Doctor of Professional Practice in Health and Social Care and teaches on this and other research methods modules across all levels of study.

  • As programme leader for the Doctor of Professional Practice in health and Social Care, Michelle oversees the planning and delivery of this programme. She is also one of two faculty leaders of Postgraduate Research (Health and Society subject areas), leading the delivery of positive student experiences across research degree programmes in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society.

    Michelle delivers research methods teaching across a number of areas of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She supervises both professional doctorate and PhD students and regularly acts as an independent Chair for thesis examinations, alongside training research degree supervisors.

  • As a Senior Researcher, Michelle has completed over thirty research and evaluation projects across a range of subject areas including childhood and youth, disability and caring and cancer awareness and diagnosis. She specialises in child-centred research methods and a recently completed research project funded by Erasmus has been chosen as a good practice Case Study for the British Council. For further information about the project, which focussed on children’s online digital engagement, see

    Michelle is a member of the University’s Research Degrees Committee and the University’s Research Ethics Committee. She is Chair of the Faculty of Health and Society Research Ethics Committee for Health and has acted as an expert reviewer for an NHS Research Ethics Committee. And provides training and support for reviewers and applicants.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Michelle Pyer’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.