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City research fellow wins prestigious early career award

Dr Hayley McBain awarded for her research into the self-management of long-term conditions

Dr Hayley McBain has won the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology Early Career Researcher Award for 2015.

Awarded for her high quality health psychology research in the area of the self-management of chronic illness and the psychological impact of disfiguring eye conditions, Dr McBain received the prize at the DHP Annual Conference on Friday 18th September.

Focusing on developing and evaluating complex interventions to enable patients to self-manage, Dr McBain completed her PhD in Health Psychology at City University London in 2014 whilst also working as a Research Fellow. Her PhD focused on the development and evaluation of a patient-initiated self-monitoring service for people with arthritis. Dr McBain is currently involved in a programme of work exploring how people severe mental illness manage their diabetes, for which she is a co-applicant on an NIHR grant.

Dr McBain has close links with local NHS Trusts and has already demonstrated the ability to collaborate with external partners and to disseminate her findings widely. To date, she has been an author on 31 peer-reviewed papers, has co-authored 3 book chapters, and presented at national and international conferences. She has, both independently and as part of wider teams, successfully secured a number of research grants from different channels, including charities, universities and medical institutes. Dr McBain also holds current teaching and supervisory responsibilities at City University London.

Speaking about the award, Dr McBain said:

“I was delighted to accept the DHP Early Career Researcher Award for 2015. This prize is a great honour and a real privilege. The award is also a great credit to my supervisors, the Health Services Research Group and all its members, and I would also like to thank all the funders who have made my research possible.”

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