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Dr. Michelle Pyer

  • Job title: Senior Researcher
  • Department: Health & Society - Research

General information

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

Teaching

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.

Research

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.

Publications

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2017

  1. Horton, J. and Pyer, M., (eds.) (2017) Children, Young People and Care. London: Routledge. 9781138920880.
  2. Poole, H., Sixsmith, J., Parkes, J., Ward, A., Pyer, M., Campbell, J., Machado, L., Rehling, T., Youell, J., Carter, J., Oyebode, J., O’Malley, M., Anthony, K., Rogers, S., Jones, J., Siddons, L., Smith, L.-A., Kay, T., Fraser, M., Score, J., El Khoury, L., Hameed, A., Albalbeisi, N., Durrant, L. G., Al-Zubaidi, R., Al-Rayahi, I., da Silva, K. and Taylor, J. (2017) Health and wellbeing amongst older people research in Northamptonshire. East Midlands Research into Ageing Network (EMRAN) Discussion Paper Series. 15, pp. 1-33. 2059-3341.
  3. Horton, J. and Pyer, M. (2017) Introduction: children, young people and ‘care’. In: Horton, J. and Pyer, M. (eds.) Children, Young People and Care. London: Routledge.
  4. Pyer, M. and Horton, J. (2017) Providing care: challenges for practitioners and service-providers. In: Horton, J. and Pyer, M. (eds.) Children, Young People and Care. London: Routledge.
  5. Pyer, M. and Tucker, F. (2017) ‘With us, we, like, physically can’t’: transport, mobility and the leisure experiences of teenage wheelchair users. Mobilities. 12(1), pp. 36-52. 1745-0101.

2016

  1. Campbell, J., Pyer, M., Rogers, S., Jones, J., Ramirez, A. J. and Forbes, L. J. L. (2016) Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in women over 70 years old in general practice. Journal of Public Health. 38(2), pp. 591-598. 1741-3842.
  2. Pyer, M. (2016) Young wheelchair users: play and recreation. In: Evans, B., Horton, J. and Skelton, T. (eds.) Play and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing. Singapore: Springer Singapore. pp. 293-313.

2015

  1. Pyer, M., Campbell, J., Ward, A., Knights, A. and Jones, J. (2015) Falls assessment and prevention in older people: an evaluation of the Crisis Response Service. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 7(2), pp. 66-70. 1759-1376.
  2. Parkes, J., Pyer, M., Ward, A., Doyle, C. and Dickens, G. (2015) ‘Going into the unknown’: experiences of male patients in secure settings during environmental transition. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 24(1), pp. 2-10. 1447-0349.

2014

  1. Dobson, M., Campbell, J., Pyer, M. and Parkes, J. (2014) Application of doctoral scholarship in health and social care practice setting in the UK. Invited Presentation presented to: Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) 11th Biennial Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 09-11 April 2014. (Unpublished)
  2. Pyer, M., Campbell, J. and Ward, A. (2014) Carer-centred care: general practice support to family caregivers. European Journal for Person Centred Healthcare. 2(4), pp. 458-464. 2052-5656.
  3. Campbell, J., Pyer, M., Rogers, S., Walter, D. and Reddy, R. (2014) Enabling patients with respiratory symptoms to access chest X-rays on demand: the experience of the walk-in service in Corby, UK. Journal of Public Health. 36(3), pp. 511-516. 1741-3842.
  4. Parkes, J., Pyer, M., Wray, P. and Taylor, J. (2014) Partners in projects: preparing for public involvement in health and social care research. Health Policy. 117(3), pp. 399-408. 0168-8510.
  5. Pyer, M. (2014) Re-positioning roles in research with children and adults: how does positionality influence research design and completion? Poster presented to: 6th European Congress of Methodology, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 23-25 July 2014. (Unpublished)

2013

  1. Pyer, M. and Knights, A. (2013) Exploring a person centred care pathway through bespoke educational design and evaluation. Invited Presentation presented to: East Midlands Local Education and Training Board Focus on Workforce Conference, Nottingham University, 2013. (Unpublished)
  2. Pyer, M. and Campbell, J. (2013) The ‘other participant’ in the room: The effect of significant adults in research with children. Research Ethics. 9(4), pp. 153-165. 1747-0161.

2012

  1. Redwood, T., Pyer, M. and Armstrong-Hallam, S. (2012) Exploring attitudes and behaviour towards teenage pregnancy. Community Practitioner. 85(3), 20-23(4). 1462-2815.
  2. Parkes, J. and Pyer, M. (2012) Partners in projects: training service users as researchers. Invited Presentation presented to: International Nursing Research Conference, Royal College of Nursing, London, 23-25 April 2012. (Unpublished)
  3. Pyer, M. and Campbell, J. (2012) Qualitative researching with vulnerable groups. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 19(6), pp. 311-316. 1741-1645.
  4. Campbell, J., Rogers, S., Pyer, M. and Reddy, R. (2012) The early lung cancer detection initiative in Corby, Northamptonshire, UK. Poster presented to: 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health, of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13-17 November 2012. (Unpublished)
  5. Campbell, J., Rogers, S., Pyer, M. and Reddy, R. (2012) The early lung cancer detection initiative in Corby, Northamptonshire, UK. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 16 (12)(Supp 1), S414. 1027-3719.

2011

  1. Campbell, J., Pyer, M. and Andrag, H. (2011) An evaluation of the Carers' Strategy Demonstration Site, Northamptonshire Phase ii. (Unpublished)
  2. Parkes, J. and Pyer, M. (2011) Working with ‘vulnerable’ groups: supporting ‘vulnerable’ researchers. Invited Keynote presented to: Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, Institute of British Geographers, London, 31 August-02 September 2011. (Unpublished)

2010

  1. Pyer, M., Horton, J., Tucker, F., Ryan, S. and Kraftl, P. (2010) Guest editor. Children's Geographies. Special Issue: Children, young people and 'disability': challenging children's geographies? 8(1) Routledge/Taylor & Francis. 1473-3285.
  2. Arvinen-Barrow, M., Redwood, T., Townsend, N., Armstrong-Hallam, S., Pyer, M. and Kitson, E. (2010) Benefits of Swimming with Babies (SWB) approach: an exploratory study. Poster presented to: British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) Conference, London, England, 9-10 December 2010. (Unpublished)
  3. Pyer, M., Horton, J., Tucker, F., Ryan, S. and Kraftl, P. (2010) Children, young people and 'disability': challenging children's geographies? Children's Geographies. 8(1), pp. 1-8. 1473-3285.

2009

  1. Pyer, M. and Bush, M. (2009) Disabled families in flux: removing barriers to family life. London: Scope. 09468828490.
  2. Pyer, M. (2009) The difference that difference makes: leisure, space and teenage wheelchair users. Doctoral thesis. The University of Northampton.

2008

  1. Pyer, M. (2008) Unintended consequences? Exploring the un(fore)seen effects and outcomes of research. Children's Geographies. 6(2), pp. 213-217. 1473-3285.

2007

  1. Pyer, M., Ryan, S., Horton, J., Kraftl, P. and Tucker, F. (2007) Children, young people and ‘disability’. Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Annual International Conference, London, 28-31 August 2007. (Unpublished)
  2. Pyer, M. (2007) Researching with children: ethics. Paper presented to: Future Directions in Children’s Research Conference, Hull, 14 December 2007. (Unpublished)
  3. Pyer, M. (2007) The difference that difference makes: play, space and teenage wheelchair users. Paper presented to: Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Annual International Conference, London, 28-31 August 2007. (Unpublished)
  4. Pyer, M. and Tucker, F. (2007) What difference does it make? Some reflections on ‘disability’, bodily differences and childhood research. Paper presented to: First International Conference on Geographies of Children, Youth and Families, Reading, 17-18 September 2007. (Unpublished)

2005

  1. Armstrong, S. C., Barker, J., Davey, R., Diosi, M., Horton, J., Kraftl, P., Lumsden, E., Marandet, E., Matthews, M. H., Murray, J., Pyer, M. and Smith, F. (2005) Evaluation of play provision and play needs in the London Borough of Redbridge. Northampton: Centre for Children and Youth.
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