CRiHS Research Groups

We have seven active research groups in the Centre for Research in Health and Society, the work of these groups is outlined below.

Rehabilitation and Healthy Lives Research Group

The Rehabilitation and Healthy Lives group is a newly formed group within the University of Cumbria. It is open to all staff who have an interest in rehabilitation and healthy living and hopes to attract  staff from a variety of areas. We are open to all suggestions on what direction and format this group might take, and we aim to act a stimulus for the generation of research areas and for improving links with the wider community. We plan to hold meetings and presentations on topics of interest on an alternating basis. Our first presentation was by Tasneem Choudri, Office for Health and Improvement Disparities, North West England regarding: Improving the health and well-being of older adults post-covid: Deconditioning and falls prevention with a specific focus on Cumbria and Lancashire. 

Some of our outputs include:

For further information please contact Karen Morris and Ross Armstrong at


Trauma and Abuse Research Group

The aim of the multidisciplinary Trauma and Abuse group is to provide an opportunity to share research and practice experience related to all forms of trauma and abuse. This includes (but is not limited to) the following areas:

This groups welcomes students, academic, practitioners and service providers as well as experts by experience from a range of social science and health disciplines. We see the strength in multidisciplinary collaboration to tackle issues of trauma and abuse across subject areas.

Below are some of our recent publications – this includes a number of student research volunteers (see **).  Our research student volunteer scheme started within the Psychology team but has now expanded beyond into IoH and gives students an opportunity to gain additional research skills development experience to strengthen their employability and psychological literacy. 


Bates, E.A. & Taylor, J.C. (Eds.). (2019). Intimate partner violence: New perspectives in research and practice. Oxon: Taylor & Francis, Routledge

Boyle, Angie (2017) Resistance strategies and agency in adults who have experienced childhood domestic abuse. In: Integrating research and practice to combat violence and interpersonal aggression, 8-9 June 2017, Coventry University, UK

Burrell, John W. and Laskey, Philippa (2017) Attitudes towards sexual offenders returning to live in the community. Journal of Applied Psychology and Social Science, 3 (2). pp. 52-69.

Day, Harley**, Fowles, Georgia**, McElhone, Gerard and Ewin, Robert (2019) How innovation contributes to a prison culture of rehabilitation: the student experience. In: Learning & Teaching Fest 2019, 3 July 2019, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK

Ewin, Robert (2021) The relationship between vulnerability and the criminal justice system. Doctoral thesis, Lancaster University.

Khan, N. (2020) How battered women in a Pakistani rural village of Sohan experience domestic violence in their marriages. Doctoral thesis, University of Cumbria.

McElhone, Gerard (2017) Child to parent violence: an analysis of the perceptions of perpetrator and victim gender when considering offending and victimisation. Journal of Applied Psychology and Social Science, 3 (1). pp. 52-73.

Taylor, J. C., Bates, E. A., Colosi, A.**, & Creer, A. J**. (2021). Barriers to Men’s Help Seeking for Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 08862605211035870.


Please contact Dr Liz Bates for further information.


Systematic Review Group

The systematic review group welcomes any academic member of staff with an interest in undertaking a systematic review. A systematic review is an ideal way to inform evidence-based practice and decision making, they are also useful to help underpin any research grant application. They can result in publications which are eligible for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The aim of the group is to primarily provide methodological support and advice, we also have links with other universities in the North West. We are not limited to Cochrane reviews, although we do advocate their approach to undertaking systematic reviews.

Recent outputs:

Please contact Tim Donovan and Ross Armstrong for further information.


The Practitioner Action Research and Creative Methods Hub (PARCM)

The Practitioner Action Research and Creative Methods Hub sits within the Centre for Research in Health and Society and the LED Research Centre. The hub aims to develop a community of critical and emancipatory research practice that contributes to social justice across professions and disciplines. Currently, PARCM has four areas of work each with a range of associated activities summarised in the table below.

Area of Work

Associated Activities

Gather Together

Free action and/or creative research seminars, community events, book clubs and small group or paired conversations for learning.


Learn Together

Contributing and/or supporting action and/or research projects produced by colleagues and external partners. Sharing research by associates of our hub, sharing open access action research, sharing online learning opportunities, sharing book recommendations.


Reflect Together

Hosting a monthly Twitter chat #ActionResearchChat on the 4th Monday of every month at 7pm and sharing polls, surveys to get critical reflection and feedback from action research community.


Change Together

Spotlighting activism and the work of change makers in relation to monthly themes such as knowledge democracy, feminist activism. Sharing calls to join projects, write to policy makers and sign petitions as appropriate.



Through our seminars we have engaged an international audience and as developed partnerships with external partners such as the West Yorkshire Sexual Violence Action Partnership and Bradford Rape Crisis. We welcome members from all disciplines who are interested in action research, participatory research, practitioner research and/or creative methods. You can engage with our areas of work by following the hub on Twitter (@ThePARCMHub) and our website: If you would like to find out more about how to participate in our work please email our convener Additionally, in the next academic year we hope to establish an Organising Group of colleagues who wish to help champion and steer PARCM towards its aims and we welcome expressions of interest to the convener from interested individuals.


The Medical Image Perception Research Group

The aim of the group is to undertake research into observer performance when interpreting medical images, to gain an understanding into expert performance and how expertise develops in novices. Developments in artificial intelligence means we are now starting to look at the interaction between AI and the human.

Recent publications:

Plumb, A.A., Phillips, P., Spence, G., Mallett, S., Taylor, S.A., Halligan, S. and Fanshawe, T., 2017. Increasing navigation speed at endoluminal CT colonography reduces colonic visualization and polyp identification. Radiology, 284(2), pp.413-422.

Venjakob, A.C., Marnitz, T., Phillips, P. and Mello-Thoms, C.R., 2016. Image size influences visual search and perception of hemorrhages when reading cranial CT: an eye-tracking study. Human factors, 58(3), pp.441-451.

Litchfield, D. and Donovan, T., 2016. Worth a quick look? Initial scene previews can guide eye movements as a function of domain-specific expertise but can also have unforeseen costs. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(7), p.982.

Litchfield, D. and Donovan, T., 2017. The flash-preview moving window paradigm: unpacking visual expertise one glimpse at a time. Frontline Learning Research, 5(3), pp.80-94.



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