I am a 2nd year PhD Candidate and Trainee Health Psychologist here at the University of Surrey. I plan to use both qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore the role of social support throughout patients' Bariatric Surgery journey. Alongside my PhD research, I am also working towards achieving the Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology and a Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy.
In 2019, I completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews. Prior to that, I completed a BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology at University College Cork.
Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked as a Research Assistant at King’s College London and Imperial College London. At King’s College London, under the supervision of Professor John Weinman, I used a range of research methodologies to investigate the extent of and reasons underlying treatment adherence in chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, asthma, psoriasis, as well as rare conditions, such as growth hormone deficiencies. At Imperial College London, using qualitative research methods, I explored differences in consultant orthopaedic surgeons’ pre-operative decision-making in total hip replacements.
My research interests include eating behaviours, obesity and weight management, communication in healthcare, and treatment adherence.
Affiliations and memberships
I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the School of Psychology on several Undergraduate Modules in addition to my role as a first year Academic Tutor.
I am also a guest lecturer on the MSc Health Psychology programme.
Roberts-Lewis, S.F., Baxter, H.A., Mein, G., Quirke-McFarlane, S., Powell, M., White, S., & Bearne, L. (2023). Systematic review and meta-analysis of social media for dissemination of research evidence for health and social care practitioners: a protocol. JMIR Preprints. http://doi.org/10.2196/preprints.45684
Quirke-McFarlane, S., Weinman, J., Cook, E. S., Yiu, Z. Z., Dand, N., Langan, S. M., ... & PsoProtect study group. (In press). Non-adherence to systemic immune-modifying therapy in people with psoriasis during the COVID-19 pandemic: findings from a global cross-sectional survey. British Journal of Dermatology.
Graham, S., Quirke-McFarlane, S., Auyeung, V., & Weinman, J. (2022). Interventions Designed to Improve Adherence to Growth Hormone Treatment for Pediatric Patients and Their Families: A Narrative Review. Pharmaceutics, 14(11), 2373. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics14112373
Bearne, L.M., Volkmer, B., Peacock, J., Sekhon, M., Fisher, G., Galea Holmes, M.N., Douiri, A., Amirova, A., Farren, D., Quirke-McFarlane, S., Modarai, B., Sackley, C., Weinman, J., & Bieles, J. (2022). Effect of a Home-Based, Walking Exercise Behaviour Change Intervention vs Usual Care on Walking in Adults with Peripheral Artery Disease: The MOSAIC Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA, 327(14), 1344-1355. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2790937
Quirke-McFarlane, S., Hodgkinson, A., Weinman, J., Meiyalagan, N., Prince, A. C., Chamley, M., & Stevenson, J. (2021). The effects of COVID-19 on self-management behaviours and service experiences in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Practical Diabetes, 38(5), 15-19. https://doi.org/10.1002/pdi.2356
Quirke-McFarlane, S., Patel, J. P., Auyeung, V., & Arya, R. (2021). An international survey of low molecular weight heparin prescribing in the context of antenatal venous thromboembolism. Thrombosis Research, 200, 99-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.thromres.2021.01.024