Dr. Rachel Shaw is a Health Psychologist and Reader at Aston University. Rachel’s research focuses on illness experience, communication and relationships between patients, their families, and healthcare professionals, and on healthcare staff wellbeing. Rachel is known for her work with the BPS as past Chair of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology section and in her current role as research lead for the Division of Health Psychology. Advocating for a diverse evidence base in applied health research and evidence based healthcare has been a key concern throughout Rachel’s career. She is also known for championing qualitative research in psychology. Rachel has over 70 publications in health and psychology journals. She has also contributed to a number of research methods textbooks used as core texts in many universities. Contributing to the MHPN Conference means a lot to Rachel as she was a founding member of what was initially the East Midlands Health Psychology Network, back in the early noughties!