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Dr Rachel CohenBA(Lond.Met.)hons, MA(Cardiff), PhD(Cardiff)

Senior Research Associate - Project Manager

Rachel Cohen

Dr Rachel CohenBA(Lond.Met.)hons, MA(Cardiff), PhD(Cardiff)

Senior Research Associate - Project Manager

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Rachel is based at the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Mental Health, and is project managing an evaluation study of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway for female offenders [WNEON]. Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the study uses a mixed-methods approach to explore the impact of the new Pathway of psychologically informed services on reducing risk and recidivism in the offender population for whom it was designed, focusing particularly upon domains such as social and relational functioning and psychological health. Qualitative data has been collected from interviews with staff and offenders, conducted in various sites across England, including high secure prisons and hospitals, probation services and other approved premises. Data analysis is now complete, and the evaluation report is due for delivery in mid-2019.

Prior to this, Rachel worked at the University of Bristol's Musculoskeletal Research Unit, as Senior Research Associate on the Atlas (Ethnographic Study of Care Pathways for Arthroplasty Patients) study. This was a NIHR funded qualitative project which aims to explore how, and in which ways, the enhanced recovery pathway through hip and knee replacement surgery is implemented across different hospital settings, and to find out about health professionals’ and patients’ experiences of this.

    An experienced qualitative researcher, Rachel worked on two previous NIHR funded studies: Collaborative Care and Planning Project (COCAPP) and Collaborative Care and Planning Project-Acute (COCAPP-A). These cross-national comparative projects explored the factors that help and hinder recovery focused mental healthcare planning and coordination, in community care services and psychiatric hospital settings respectively across England and Wales.    

    Rachel’s academic background is strongly interdisciplinary. Her BA (Hons 1:1) in Film Studies (London Metropolitan, 2007) was followed by an MA (Distinction) in Forensic Linguistics (Cardiff University, 2008). Her PhD (Cardiff University, 2013), entitled Cinematic Constructions of the Female Serial Killer: A Psychosocial Audience Study, explored the ways in which spectatorial investments are motivated psychologically, ideologically, socio-culturally and biographically, operating in conscious and unconscious ways. Her subsequent teaching work made use of psychocultural theoretical and methodological approaches, as a means of exploring the psychodynamics of cultural engagement, especially in relation to cinema and to popular music. With a passion for - and an excellent working knowledge of - a range of social scientific, linguistic, narrative, critical psychological and psychosocial methodologies and frameworks, Rachel has several years’ experience of using in-depth interview and ethnographic techniques across a variety of humanities and social science contexts.

    Other areas of research interest and expertise include criminology, forensic psychotherapy, media and cultural studies, and language and communication studies.


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