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Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

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Talk: 'Research with children and adolescents in an online
Dr Rebecca Knibb

Dr Rebecca Knibb is a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner Health Psychologist with 25 years of experience of conducting research into the psychological impact of allergies. She graduated from Birmingham University with a PhD in 1999 and more recently completed an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is a University Reader in Psychology at Aston University, Birmingham, UK, Programme Director for the online MSc Health Psychology programme and currently supervises 4 PhD students. She is a member of the Clinical and Scientific panel for the Anaphylaxis Campaign, after serving as a Trustee for the Campaign for eleven years. She sits on a number of European Association for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Task Force groups, including a Task Force to investigate the impact of allergy on adolescents. Her research interests include the health-related quality of life and mental well-being of children, adolescents and parents who are managing long term conditions, particularly allergic conditions and asthma. She is involved in the development of strategies to help families cope through CBT based behaviour change methods and is particularly interested in how children cope with the transition to adolescence and cope with leaving home. She works closely with allergy clinics in the Midlands and Southampton and is currently looking at psychological predictors of effective allergy management and how psychological factors in the parent can affect allergy symptoms in the child.


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Talk: 'Co-creation: the past, present and future of health psychology'
Dr Gemma Pearce

Dr Gemma Pearce is a Chartered Psychologist carrying out research for 14 years with a focus in the fields of long-term conditions, women’s health and co-creation. She completed her PhD in the field of health psychology at University of Birmingham and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She has worked in University of Roehampton, Queen Mary University of London, University of East London and is currently based at Coventry University. While in post Gemma carried out a two-year knowledge mobilisation secondment in the Public Health department of Coventry City Council. Gemma has over 30 publications, 6 PhD students and has supervised multiple Masters and Degree research dissertations. Throughout her career, Gemma has been involved in projects using participatory research methodologies and she is currently the UK lead for the Erasmus+ funded Co-Creating Welfare project. This project has had great success and the developed training programme is currently being embedded within NHS England as well as other welfare sectors across Europe.

Gemma's talk will focus on co-creation as a key response in welfare sectors as a move towards a more sustainable and cost-effective model. The use and understanding of this concept varies across and within countries and has changed over time. The talk will discuss the meaning of co-creation and how it can be embedded in every day practice. It will include comparisons across 4 European countries, key co-creation tools and important reflections developed as part of the Erasmus+ funded ‘Co-creating welfare’ project. The keynote will be supported by a co-creation workshop.




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